West Seattle, Washington
Behind the scenes and on the route, participants and volunteers, it takes hundreds of people to create a parade. Here are some of them, before and during today’s West Seattle Grand Parade:
That’s Clay Eals, executive director of the Southwest Seattle Historical Society, whose three-plus decades of working in and for West Seattle made him a great choice for the Orville Rummel Community Service Trophy, explained in our June report announcing his selection. The Grand Parade always has a Grand Marshal, too, and this year it was the Schmitz Family, represented by Dietrich Schmitz and his mother Vicki Schmitz Block:
The family’s legacy includes the donation of Schmitz Park and its namesake nearby elementary school as well as Emma Schmitz Memorial Overlook on Beach Drive. (Here’s video of the Schmitz Family members and Eals toward the start of the parade.)
Also driving the parade route … longtime West Seattle community advocate Pete Spalding behind the wheel of the West Seattle Food Bank van:
Did you see the classic O’Neill Plumbing (WSB sponsor) truck in the parade? We caught up earlier with Tim and Todd O’Neill:
Members of another well-known local family, the Menashes, were seen waving from the Seafair Commodores‘ boat float:
And Potter Construction (WSB sponsor) was in the parade too – proprietor Gary Potter is a supporter also through his participation in the parade-presenting Rotary Club.
Another local entrepreneur was seen skateboarding – Greg Whittaker from Mountain to Sound Outfitters worked the crowd in The Junction, with his parade entry nearby:
The West Seattle YMCA (WSB sponsor) is a parade sponsor as well as participant:
Riding with the Seafair Scholarship Program for Women candidates in convertibles, the immediate past West Seattle Hi-Yu Senior Court Queen Kelly Crum, who is vying for Miss Seafair.
This year’s winner will be announced before the Torchlight Parade downtown one week from tonight. Royalty was also in view before the parade, the “Pirates and Princesses” breakfast at Brookdale Admiral Heights, just north of the parade route, honored the longstanding tradition of hospitality for visiting parade-float participants. West Seattle Hi-Yu Senior and Junior Court members posed with Seafair Pirates, whose land-borne vessel Moby Duck was at the ready outside:
And then there are the parade’s longtime volunteer co-coordinator, including Dave Vague (below right) at the check-in table on the northwest corner of California/Lander:
And co-coordinator Jim Edwards was visible on his motorcycle riding up and down the parade route, checking on how things were going, communicating with other amateur-radio operators embedded along the way .. we also caught him making a photo stop when the motorcycle drill teams were done:
The riders’ end-of-parade ceremony is part of another report still in the works.
A small but festive contingent made their way down California from Genesee to Edmunds after the motorcycles and before the rest of the Grand Parade.
Among those looking on – Ringo the bulldog:
Here’s video of the Kiddie Parade’s start:
If you have little ones who would enjoy parading past the crowd, make plans to be part of it next year – just show up at the starting line by quarter till 11 or so.
Just in from Leslie Dierauf in the 3600 block of Beach Drive:
At least 2 humpback whales are cruising north on the far side of the deepwater channel. Their blows are big and straight in the air. They have small dorsal fins and are displaying their flukes. COOOOOL.
— West Seattle Blog (@westseattleblog) July 23, 2016
(All-City Band getting ready for the parade with a performance for residents and Seafair Pirates at Brookdale Admiral Heights)
You don’t see them during the West Seattle Grand Parade – and that’s the point! Judges are all along the route, and when the parade’s over, the winners are announced. Here’s today’s list, with some photos/video and more to be added:
OVERALL PARADE WINNERS
1st – Seattle Schools All-City Marching Band
2nd – Westside Baby – Stuff the Bus
3rd – Port Orchard Fathoms O’ Fun Float
1st – Kennedy Catholic High School Marching Band
DRILL TEAMS, SENIOR, AND CHEER SQUADS
1st – Electronettes Drill Team & Drum Squad
2nd – The Lady’s of Elegance Drill Team
3rd – Seattle Lutheran Cheer Squad
DRILL TEAMS, JUNIOR
1st – Butterfly Electronettes Drill Team
2nd – The Princesses of Elegance Drill Team
3rd – Diva Upgrade Drill Team
1st – Joyas Mestizas – Seattle Mexican Folk Dance Youth
2nd – Pathfinder K-8 School Unicycle Team
3rd – Seattle Seafair Clowns
CARS AND ANTIQUE CARS
1st – West Seattle Lions Club
2nd – Soil Science Products
3rd – 1942 American LaFrance Fire Engine
1st – The Little Gym of West Seattle
2nd – Ronald McDonald
3rd – PCC Natural Markets
1st – Our Lady of Guadalupe Church & School
2nd – Seattle Lutheran High School
3rd – Southside Revolution Junior Roller Derby
1st Place – WS Hi-Yu Royalty Trophy – Daffodil Festival
2nd Place – WS Rotary President’s Trophy – Marysville Strawberry Festival
3rd Place – WS Rotary Foundation Trophy – Fathom’s O’ Fun, Port Orchard
1st Place – Holy Rosary School
2nd Place – Hope Lutheran Church & School
Lots more parade highlights to come! (We usually aren’t done until early Sunday, so please check back.)
That’s the east end of the Alki Art Fair on the promenade at the beach, on until 6 pm today with art, music, food, and family fund, all in a low-key, “just hanging out” atmosphere – sit on the lawn by the stage east of the bathhouse and enjoy some of the music (there’s a “Busker Stage” further west on the promenade, too).
And if you’re not riding or walking already – consider the shuttle bus from The Admiral District; it’s how we got down the hill post-parade:
It’s a yellow school-bus marked ALKI ART FAIR SHUTTLE and you can catch it on the northwest corner of Admiral/California, outside the Metro shelter by the Chevron station. Music continues tonight until 9 pm, by the way. While there, get your T-shirt:
And if you buy chowder from Spud across the street this weekend – $1 goes to Seal Sitters, who have a booth at the festival too.
— West Seattle Blog (@westseattleblog) July 23, 2016
10:49 AM: This year’s West Seattle Grand Parade is officially under way. The Seattle Police Motorcycle Drill Team has just headed down the parade route southbound from California SW south of SW Lander, and will be followed by the Vancouver, B.C., Motorcycle Drill Team (which doesn’t appear in ANY other parades in this area).
— West Seattle Blog (@westseattleblog) July 23, 2016
More than 70 entries will follow. Lots of photos and video later – in the meantime, if you’re not watching, remember that California SW is closed between Admiral and Edmunds until the parade is over and everyone’s packed up, and there are restrictions on some side streets too.
12:30 PM: The parade is over at the north end, still heading south to The Junction.
1:20 PM: The parade has ended in The Junction, too. Our photos/video will be in separate reports later.
(Above, starting-line video, added Saturday night; below, video of runners moving from Hiawatha to the street, posted during the 5K)
9:53 AM: Before the West Seattle Grand Parade starts walking, rolling, and dancing down California SW from The Admiral District to The Junction, hundreds of Float Dodger 5K participants are on the run! The 5K presented by West Seattle Runner (WSB sponsor) started from, and is finishing at, Hiawatha Playfield this year, and the runners are now returning from their trip down the parade route. Our video shows them heading off the field and onto California SW, where they “dodged” the West Seattle Hi-Yu “Around West Seattle” float.
8:19 PM: As WSR’s Tim O’Donnell noted in comments, it was the biggest Float Dodger 5K yet. The online results show more than 400 entries. Top three finishers:
Brett Winegar, 17:10
Megan Heuer, 17:41
John Serrano, 17:55
But the Float Dodger has always been about fun more than competition – from the actual dodging, which led to this swarm around the Hi-Yu float:
To the costumes and headgear:
WS Runner’s Tim McConnell (below with co-proprietor and wife Lori McConnell) switched up his costume this year – he was Han Solo:
Welcome to a huge summer Saturday. Here’s a quick roundup of what’s up today/tonight – and please remember that parking restrictions and road closures related to the parade and 5K (California SW, from south of Admiral to south end of The Junction, plus some of the side streets – look closely for signage!) started kicking in at 7 am – bus reroutes too:
FLOAT DODGER 5K: 9:30 am start from Hiawatha Playfield, going down the parade route and back. Also a beer garden at 5K-presenting West Seattle Runner (WSB sponsor), where you’ll find last-minute registration starting at 8 am. Costumes encouraged. (2700 California SW)
WEST SEATTLE GRAND PARADE: The parade is presented by the West Seattle Rotary Club Foundation. The two motorcycle drill teams start from California/Lander at 10:30 am; the rest of the parade, with more than 70 groups, individuals, floats, vehicles, bands, etc., at 11 am. This year’s Grand Marshals are The Schmitz Family; the Orville Rummel Community Service Trophy honoree is Clay Eals of the Southwest Seattle Historical Society. The route goes southbound down California, to Edmunds at the south end of the heart of the Junction business district.
KIDDIE PARADE: All kids welcome to be part of this shorter parade right before the main Grand Parade gets to The Junction. Starts at 11 – once the motorcycles have cleared – at California/Genesee; but get to the starting line before that. Parade proceeds to California/Edmunds, and then everybody can get back to their seats for the Grand Parade.
Outside The Junction:
ALKI ART FAIR: First of two days with more than 90 vendors plus two stages of music, and more, 10 am-6 pm, with music continuing until 9 pm. On the Alki promenade by and west of the Bathhouse (60th/Alki); see the AAF home page for details of the free shuttle from The Admiral District.
FUNDRAISING CAR WASHES: Two are planned at Les Schwab in The Triangle today, according to announcements we’ve received – 10 am-2 pm, Chief Sealth International High School Cheer Team; 10 am-4 pm, West Seattle High School Volleyball Team. (Fauntleroy/Alaska)
ALKI LIGHTHOUSE TOURS: Don’t let summer go by without visiting the historic lighthouse! 1-4 pm, last tour starts at 3:40 pm; more info here. (Alki SW/Beach Drive SW)
LUCHA LIBRE: Duwamish Waterway Park in South Park hosts a celebration of the “art and culture” of Lucha Libre, masked Mexican-style wrestling, with Lucha Libre Volcanica and community organizations. Festival starts at noon with family-friendly activities, wrestling 2-4 pm. Free. (7900 10th Ave. S.)
WEST SEATTLE HS CLASS OF ’96: 20th-reunion weekend begins with tonight’s gathering at 6 pm at Dakota Place Park. (California/Dakota)
WEST SEATTLE OUTDOOR MOVIES: Week 2 tonight at the courtyard by Hotwire Online Coffeehouse (WSB sponsor) – officially, gates open at 6:30 pm, but some took up spots as early as 6 pm last week. “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” is this week’s movie, starting at dusk. Free; bring money for raffles and concessions that raise funds for local nonprofits. (4410 California SW)
FREE SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK: Greenstage presents “Merry Wives of Windsor,” 7 pm at Lincoln Park – our calendar listing includes details on exact location. (8011 Fauntleroy Way SW)
YES, THERE’S MORE … just take a quick look at our complete calendar if you’re not fully booked!