West Seattle Grand Parade 2014, report #5: People & wheels

(SPD motorcycles in The Junction)
Before this very busy weekend concludes, one last round of photos from the 2014 West Seattle Grand Parade – hundreds of community members, on foot and on wheels …


The Rotary Club of West Seattle was proud to have presented the parade for the first time, taking over for American Legion Post 160, and had a big representation – including a big logo:

(WSB photos unless otherwise credited)
Rotarians on the route also included John Enger, currently serving as governor of Rotary District 5030:

(Photo by Steve Fuller)
A Medal of Honor recipient, retired Col. Bruce Crandall, rode proudly at the start of the parade as this year’s Grand Marshal:

Then came Adah Cruzen, taking care of the Orville Rummel Trophy for Community Service presented to husband Earl Cruzen, who had to stay home under doctor’s orders:

(Photo by Steve Fuller)
Mayor Ed Murray, former West Seattleite, walked alongside a historic fire engine:

Right behind him, Seattle Fire Department Engine 29 from North Admiral:

Some of the parade sponsors rolled down the route – including two who are also WSB sponsors, Potter Construction:

And the West Seattle YMCA:

(Photo by Steve Fuller)
Other sponsors (including us) were announced with banners:

Making their parade debut – though we know part of the group has been in it before – the West Seattle Neighborhood Councils:

We noted reps from Admiral, Morgan, Fairmount, and Genesee-Schmitz. Other community organizations we haven’t mentioned/shown yet included Cub Scout Pack 793 with a big presence:

They’re based at Holy Rosary, which had an entry of its own, including a representation of the church and steeple:

Cancerfighting Team Tracy was in the parade, led by its namesake, fundraising superstar and cancer survivor Tracy Dart:

The West Seattle Lions brought two classic convertibles including this one:

The West Seattle Food Bank showed off its brand-new van, replacing one that was damaged when somebody hit it:

That’s Pete Spalding from the Food Bank board behind the wheel. Another festive van – the one decorated by Tibbetts United Methodist Church (WSB sponsor):

Some traveled a ways to get here – the Port Orchard Fathoms O’ Fun festival sent Ambassador Aaron (the festival’s first-ever king, who reigned last year):

The U.S. Army at Joint Base Lewis-McChord provided the honor guard:

In addition to the mayor, shown earlier, we saw two other elected officials – Councilmember Tom Rasmussen:

And State House Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon:

They both marched with the 34th District Democrats. In all, this year’s parade had more than 70 entries. Even the Seafair Pirates minus out-for-repairs Moby Duck, which meant no warning siren for the cannon, and so …

Want to be part of it next year? Contact the Rotary – and keep an eye on thewestseattleparade.com.

#1 – Quick video clips
#2 – The Kiddie Parade
#3 – The winners!
#4 – West Seattle Hi-Yu in the parade
Pre-parade: Float Dodger 5K

3 Replies to "West Seattle Grand Parade 2014, report #5: People & wheels"

  • kg July 21, 2014 (3:34 am)

    Great coverage of this event.

    One change I would recommend.
    The Colonel is not a winner of the Medal of Honor,
    he is a recipient, or awardee, of the Medal of Honor.
    No one wins anything in war.

    • WSB July 21, 2014 (3:43 am)

      Sorry, I used the word “recipient” just about everywhere else and got sloppy here, will change.

  • Seana Barker July 23, 2014 (3:53 am)

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