CONGRATULATIONS! Lora Swift chosen as Grand Marshal of 2018 West Seattle Grand Parade

What a year for Lora Swift! Just a little past halfway into 2018, she’s already scored two major local honors – first, Westsider of the Year, as awarded by the West Seattle Chamber of Commerce, and now, we’ve learned she’s been chosen as Grand Marshal of the West Seattle Grand Parade (coming up July 21st)! You might know her best as executive director of the West Seattle Junction Association, but that’s just one of the many hats (and tiaras!) Lora has worn in the community. For more than a decade, she was proprietor of Hotwire Online Coffeehouse at the north end of The Junction; there, she founded what’s now the West Seattle Outdoor Movies series, which brings hundreds of people together on summer Saturday nights, and she’s also masterminded the West Seattle Art Walk among other fab community events. Right now, as news of her parade honor is announced, she’s coordinating the peninsula’s biggest party, West Seattle Summer Fest, Friday-Sunday (July 13th-15th) in the heart of The Junction. And then – maybe she can at least take a quick break to bask in the cheers along the parade route when she rides as Grand Marshal, starting at 11 am Saturday, July 21st, southbound on California SW from Lander to Edmunds. (WSB photo from May, as Lora volunteered at West Seattle Food Bank gala)

8 Replies to "CONGRATULATIONS! Lora Swift chosen as Grand Marshal of 2018 West Seattle Grand Parade"

  • Lynn B Dennis July 10, 2018 (10:27 am)

    Seldom do people know who the wizard behind the curtain really is.  Now you know – Lora Swift!   

  • Allison July 10, 2018 (12:32 pm)

    Congrats Lora!  A well-deserved title.  Thanks for all of your hard work!

  • Lindsey July 10, 2018 (1:35 pm)

    I had no idea one person was so intertwined in the community in such a wonderful way! Sounds like Lora needs to run for office, though it sounds like she doesn’t have time to add more things to her agenda. We could use more representatives who are this connected to the community. Kudos Lora! I appreciate all the efforts you’ve put forth helping West Seattle be an amazing place to live!

    • RCS July 11, 2018 (9:35 am)

      Right?! I had no idea who this person was until reading everything she’s done for the community. So awesome.

  • miws July 10, 2018 (2:15 pm)

    Congrats, Lora! Mike

  • Kara July 10, 2018 (6:06 pm)

    Congrats and well deserved Lora!!

  • Teri Ensley July 11, 2018 (2:01 pm)

    Yay Lora! She is also the co-founder of Furry Faces Foundation and served on The Board for 8 years. Love you Lora!

  • Mia July 11, 2018 (8:58 pm)

    BRAVO, LOR!  What a gal…  Love you lots!

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