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West Seattle Grand Parade, report #4: The wheels

One last gallery from Saturday’s West Seattle Grand Parade, before the weekend is completely over – more of the wheels!

That view is from @tweetbyvika – the motorcycle drill teams led the parade as usual. Our views were from ground level once they reached The Junction:

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West Seattle Grand Parade 2017, report #3: The people

July 23, 2017 12:35 am
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Some walk, some march, some ride, some roll … however they get down the parade route, the people ARE the parade. So here are more of the hundreds who traveled down California SW at midday Saturday for this year’s West Seattle Grand Parade:

Those are the West Seattle Little League All-Stars who just won a state championship carried their banner down the route. And we saw a strong presence of Scouts — Girl Scouts

… and Boy Scouts:

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West Seattle Grand Parade 2017, report #2: The winners!

July 22, 2017 4:14 pm
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The judging results are in … and here’s who the West Seattle Grand Parade judges chose as the winners this year. Topping the list, same grand-prize winner as last year – congratulations to the All-City Band, led by West Seattle’s own Marcus Pimpleton (who is also assistant principal at Denny International Middle School):

Overall Grand Prize Winners


(WSB photo by Christopher Boffoli)

1st – Seattle Schools All-City Marching Band

2nd – Electronettes Drill Team & Drum Squad

3rd – West Seattle Lions Club

Marching Bands

1st – Kennedy Catholic High School Marching Band

Cars & Motorcycles

1st – Senior Center of West Seattle

2nd – Soil Sciences Products

3rd – Nile Shriners

Performing Acts

1st – Joyas Mestizas – Seattle Mexican Youth Folk Dance

2nd – Pathfinder K-8 School Unicycle Team

3rd – Seafair Pirates

Commercial

1st – Eldercare Consulting

2nd – The Little Gym of West Seattle
3rd – Ronald McDonald

Community

1st – Southside Revolution Jr. Roller Derby
2nd – WestSide Baby – Stuff the Bus

3rd – West Seattle Amateur Radio Club

Drill Teams – Junior
1st – Butterfly Electronettes Drill Team

2nd – Washington Diamonds Drill Team Jr.

Drill Teams – Senior

1st – Seattle Chinese Community Girls Drill Team

2nd – West Seattle High School Cheer

3rd – Washington Diamonds Drill Team Sr.

Floats – Large Community

1st – Marysville Strawberry Festival

2nd – Daffodil Festival

Floats – Smaller Community

1st – Fathoms O’ Fun – Port Orchard

2nd – Holy Rosary Church & School

Congratulations to all! We’ll be adding more photos (and some sunnier substitutions) and video of the winners in the hours ahead, and publishing other parade galleries too.

P.S. If you love parades … note that the White Center Jubilee Days Parade is tomorrow morning, 11 am, from 16th SW and SW 112th, heading north on 16th to 100th.

West Seattle Grand Parade 2017, from The Admiral District to The Junction: Report #1

10:42 AM: The Seattle Police Motorcycle Drill Team is performing, and that marks the start of the 2017 West Seattle Grand Parade, From California/Lander in The Admiral District to California/Edmunds in The Junction. They and the Vancouver B.C. Police motorcycles perform before the rest of the parade, which is set to get going around 11, after hours of staging, practicing, and behind-the-scenes logistics by dozens of volunteers, from the parade co-coordinators, to the Seafair Parade Marshals assisting them, to the West Seattle Amateur Radio Club hams communicating along the route. This year’s parade is about the same size as last year – more than 70 entries, as of the lineup meeting we covered earlier this week – and that means it’ll likely conclude at this end around 12:30 pm, in The Junction after 1. If you’re watching on that end, also look for the Rotary Kiddie Parade leaving California/Genesee at 11. And watch our Twitter feed for parade photos and updates before our post-parade coverage!

12:13 PM: The parade has just concluded at the north end of the route, California/Lander. We have a crew at the south end, too, and will update when it wraps up there. The road will reopen block by block in most cases – the block between Admiral and Lander has just reopened, but police vehicles are keeping watch south of there while the parade proceeds. Meantime, from all the photos and videos we tweeted, a few sightings of note:

While this is the first year without Hi-Yu, a former Senior Court Queen was in the parade, one of the contenders in this year’s Seafair Scholarship Program for Women, April Davis. The next Miss Seafair will be crowned next week. And speaking of reigning …

Lots more photos and video in our upcoming roundups – but first we’re off to some of today’s other big events.

1:11 PM: Our crew in The Junction reports the parade has ended.

VIDEO: 2017 pre-parade Float Dodger 5K

July 22, 2017 9:52 am
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The runners in red shirts are from MyTeamTriumph of Puget Sound, and they started this morning’s pre-parade Float Dodger 5K – MTT is “an athletic ride-along created for children, teens, adults & veterans with disabilities who would normally not be able to experience events such as triathlons or road races,” and it’s this year’s Float Dodger 5K beneficiary. Here are the rest of the runners, leaving the start line:

This is the second year for the r5K, presented by West Seattle Runner (WSB sponsor), to start and finish at Hiawatha. Pre-race, we photographed WSR’s Tim McConnell with Teresa The Goldfish:

Once off the field, the runners got to “dodge” a new float this year:

(Photo courtesy Dave Vague)

They ran around the West Seattle Rotary float – the Rotary presents the West Seattle Grand Parade, which starts with the motorcycle drill teams leaving California/Lander around 10:30 am. In past years, runners have “dodged” the Hi-Yu float, but since that organization has deactivated, a new local dodge-able float had to be found. Meantime, we’re told about 400 people were signed up for the 5K – and the first finishers already are crossing. Results later! And for continuing pre-parade coverage, watch the WSB Twitter feed.

WEST SEATTLE GRAND PARADE: More of what you’ll see Saturday – where, when, who…

One more preview before the West Seattle Grand Parade arrives tomorrow (Saturday, July 22nd)!

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(WSB photo, Vancouver B.C. Motorcycle Drill Team in 2015 West Seattle Grand Parade)

WHERE TO WATCH: Really, anywhere along the route. If you watch in The Junction, you’ll see the Kiddie Parade (11 am, southbound from California/Genesee) and you might hear the announcements (California/Alaska) too. If you watch near the start of the route, there’s a shady slope area along the west side of Hiawatha, and if you arrive early, you can walk around and see “behind the scenes” as parade participants line up and practice, and parade coordinators do their work to be sure everyone’s where they should be. With motorcycles taking off around 10:30, here’s what to expect, where, at 11 am, if all is going according to plan, says parade co-coordinator Jim Edwards:

Genesee St: Kids Parade
Andover St: Seattle Police Motorcycle Drill Team
Hinds St: Vancouver Police Motorcycle Drill Team
Lander St: Honor Guard

There are still some construction sites between the Admiral and Alaska Junctions, and some sites where construction has wrapped up since last year. So scout your spot early.

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(West Seattle Grand Parade 2016 – photo by Don Brubeck)

DANCING DOWN THE ROUTE: Joyas Mestizas (file photo above) will be back.

BE TRUE TO YOUR SCHOOLS: They’ll be represented abundantly, including:

Pathfinder K-8 Unicycles (file photo above)
West Seattle High School Cheer Squad
Seattle Lutheran High School Cheer Squad
Westside School
Holy Rosary
Hope Lutheran
Kennedy High School Marching Band

AND … Scouts, skaters, Spud (2007 photo above – what will s/he wear THIS year?) … Pirates (remember they’re LOUD), politicians (we may have more county reps than city reps this year), and Potter Construction (parade and WSB sponsor – added, here are Karl and Gary, decorating the truck Friday night:)

… and many others we’re out of time for mentioning – you’ll just have to see for yourself! And remember that the Float Dodger 5K precedes the parade – not too late to be part of it (9:30 pm start from Hiawatha track, 2700 California SW).

PREVIOUS PARADE PREVIEWS (and coverage from the past decade) … scroll through this archive section.

P.S. Even if you’re not going to watch, or be in, the parade and/or 5K … heed the no-parking signs you’re seeing along and near the route … road closures and bus reroutes start early Saturday and should be over by 2.

P.P.S. The parade is presented by the West Seattle Rotary Club‘s Service Foundation. See our previous preview here.

COUNTDOWN: Previewing Saturday’s West Seattle Grand Parade

(WSB file photos)

By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

Just a few more days until hundreds of people comprising more than 70 entries will walk, roll, march, dance, and ride in the 2017 West Seattle Grand Parade, down California Avenue SW between The Admiral District and The Junction.

We sat in on the parade lineup meeting earlier this week and here are some of the highlights:

COMEBACKS: The Seattle Chinese Community Girls Drill Team, one of Seattle’s most popular parade performance groups, will be back this year. Last year, they marched in the Renton parade instead, and while that parade is on the same day this year, the group is coming back to West Seattle. Also returning after sitting out last year: Luna Park Café.

NEW: First-time entries include Camp Crockett (WSB sponsor).

TWO-WHEELIN’ IT: The Vancouver B.C. Police Motorcycle Drill Team will again make their only area appearance, following the Seattle Police Motorcycle Drill Team. The Shriners‘ mini-bike unit is joining the parade, too.

HUMAN-POWERED WHEELS: Participants include two roller-derby entries plus the Pathfinder K-8 Unicycles.

BOOM: Yes, of course the Seafair Pirates will “sail” down the parade route. Cannon and all.

FLOATING: Visiting floats will include the Daffodil Festival (Pierce County) and Strawberry Festival (Snohomish County) floats and Fathoms O’Fun from Port Orchard, right across Puget Sound from West Seattle. Remember that you will not see a West Seattle Hi-Yu float, as the organization has gone inactive.

LEADING THE WAY: As we reported earlier this week, American Legion Post 160 Commander Keith Hughes is this year’s recipient of the Orville Rummel Trophy for Outstanding Community Service. Just announced as Grand Marshal, your District 1 City Councilmember Lisa Herbold, who lives in Highland Park.

WHERE & WHEN: The official parade start time is 11 am from California/Lander. But the SPD motorcycles get going at about 10:30, so they and their Vancouver counterparts are done with their thrilling maneuvers before the Joint Base Lewis-McChord color guard leads off the rest of the parade. You can watch from anywhere along California between Lander and the end of the route at Edmunds on the south side of The Junction. The heart of The Junction is where you will hear announcements by emcee Alison Grande.

TRAFFIC ADVISORY: The streets will close as early as 7 am. It’s not just California between Admiral (a bit north of the parade’s starting line, for staging) and Edmunds, but also streets to the west and east, where you’ll see NO PARKING signs already out, especially toward the start of the route. Please take the signs seriously so that the parade can happen without a hitch.

BUS REROUTES: Five routes will be rerouted on parade day, 22, 50, 128, 773 (Water Taxi shuttle), and the C Line – you can find the information on Metro’s alerts page.

BEHIND THE SCENES: The West Seattle Rotary Service Foundation presents the parade; many volunteers make it happen, including the four we observed at the lineup meeting – co-coordinators Jim Edwards, Dave Vague, and Michelle Edwards, and judges including Doreen Vague. The West Seattle Amateur Radio Club participates in coordination along the route on parade day.

BEFORE THE PARADE: The Float Dodger 5K starts from Hiawatha Playfield at 9:30 am – if you’re not running/walking in it, you are still welcome to get to the parade route early and cheer them on … If you’re watching from The Junction, and have little one(s) in the family, they might want to be part of the West Seattle Kiddie Parade, leaving California and Genesee at 11 am, after the motorcycles and before the rest of the parade.

Watch for a few more previews and reminders before parade day arrives! And if you’re going to be in it and want to share any advance info, editor@westseattleblog.com – thanks! Our West Seattle Grand Parade coverage dating back to 2006 is archived here.

VIDEO: All-City Band photo shoot in West Seattle, days before WS Grand Parade performance

6:51 PM: If you’ve been to a major parade in Seattle, you’ll recognize the green shirt/white pants uniforms of the All-City Band, directed by Marcus Pimpleton (who is also assistant principal at Denny International Middle School). They’re in the Seacrest area tonight for their annual photo shoot (and you might hear some music shortly, too). On Saturday, they’ll be in the West Seattle Grand Parade (11 am start at California/Lander, heading south on California to Edmunds); on Sunday, in the White Center Jubilee Days parade; and one week from Friday (July 28th), you can see them and other bands at the annual Band Jam at Southwest Athletic Complex (2801 SW Thistle), the night before the Seafair Torchlight Parade downtown.

8:58 PM: Photo shoots can be a whole lot of “hurry up and wait,” as was this one, so the musicians decided to play a bit while waiting:

That was a surprise and delight for some of the Water Taxi commuters passing by. Then post-photos, some marching practice:

The band members are musicians from high schools around Seattle Public Schools. While marching, they played the song that will be so familiar to parade fans (like your editor here):

Having just sat in on this year’s West Seattle Grand Parade lineup meeting, we can tell you that All-City is one of two marching bands in this year’s parade on Saturday, along with the Kennedy Catholic High School band from Burien.

WEST SEATTLE GRAND PARADE 2017: Keith Hughes chosen for Orville Rummel Award

Next Saturday (July 22nd), the 84th annual West Seattle Grand Parade will bring hundreds of people rolling, dancing, marching down California SW from The Admiral District to The Junction, to the delight of thousands of people lining the route. Toward the start of the parade, you’ll see this year’s honorees – including Keith Hughes, this year’s recipient of the Orville Rummel Trophy for Outstanding Service to the Community, as announced by the West Seattle Rotary, which presents the parade.

Keith serves the West Seattle community in multiple ways and has also served our country. He is a Vietnam War-era U.S. Army veteran and has been Commander of American Legion Post 160 in West Seattle since 2012. He founded West Seattle Natural Energy, a solar-power firm, in 2008, and during that time has been an active member of Sustainable Seattle, King County Disaster Resilience Challenge, Northwest EcoBuilding Guild, Living Futures Institute, Cascade Climate Consortium, Solar Installers of Washington, Master Builders of King and Snohomish County, and the West Seattle Chamber of Commerce.

Keith, wife Lin, and daughter Amy moved to Seattle from Oregon in 1979, and in the years before founding West Seattle Natural Energy, he spent 15 years at Boeing and 15 in the IT department at Swedish Medical Center.

Keith’s community service also includes serving as president of the West Seattle Veteran Center (which operates from Post 160 HQ) in 2013, serving as chair of the Grand Parade committee before and after primary parade leadership transitioned to Rotary in 2014, and volunteering his time teaching classes and leading seminars on sustainable living and solar energy.

Before he rides down the parade route on Saturday (starting at 11 am at California/Lander and heading south) with the Orville Rummel trophy, you can see Keith accept the award during the official presentation at tomorrow night’s free West Seattle Big Band Concert in the Park, 7 pm on the east lawn at Hiawatha Community Center.

ABOUT THE ORVILLE RUMMEL AWARD: It’s named after the man who founded the West Seattle parade in 1934, Orville Rummel – lots of background in the story we published the year we were honored with it, in 2010. The award was first presented in 1984. Here’s the full list of recipients along the way:

1984: Charles and Ann Gage
1985: RB Chris Crisler Jr.
1986: Morgan and Carol McBride
1987: Margaret Miaullis
1988: Charles Jung
1989: Aurlo Bonney
1990: Katie Thorburn
1991: Dorothy Poplawski
1992: Dan Wiseman
1993: Virgil Sheppard
1994: Dorene Smith
1995: Doris Richards
1996: John Kelly
1997: Dick Kennedy
1998: Jim Edwards and Barbara Edwards
1999: Lt. David E. Cass
2000: Husky Deli/Miller Family
2001: Stephanie Haskins
2002: Forest Lawn
2003: Sue Lindblom
2004: Edgar and Ann Phipps
2005: Karen Sisson
2006: Walt DeLong
2007: David and Doreen Vague
2008: Tim St. Clair
2009: Morey Skaret
2010: West Seattle Blog
2011: Cindi Barker
2012: Shirley Vradenburgh
2013: Judy Pickens
2014: Earl Cruzen
2015: Donn Weaver
2016: Clay Eals
2017: Keith Hughes

COUNTDOWN: You’re invited to the West Seattle Kiddie Parade before the Grand Parade

July 13, 2017 9:52 am
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(WSB file photo)

One week from Saturday, it’s the West Seattle Grand Parade, presented by the Rotary Club of West Seattle, which also wants to remind you that it’ll be preceded again this year in The Junction by the West Seattle Kiddie Parade. All kids are invited to participate – just show up!:

SATURDAY, JULY 22, 2017

Kiddie Parade begins at 11 AM

Register at the Rotary of West Seattle table at the corner of SW California and Genesee beginning at 9:45 AM.

Parade route – south down SW California from corner of Genesee to Edmunds.

Bring your bikes and wagons; parents bring your strollers. Free balloons!

The Grand Parade itself – which we’ll be previewing soon too – starts at that same time, 11 am July 22nd, but it gets going much further north, California/Lander. So if you want to see the Kiddie Parade *and* the Grand Parade, be sure you pick a viewing spot on California in The Junction.

WEST SEATTLE GRAND PARADE: 2 months away. Be part of it!

May 22, 2017 2:07 pm
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(WSB photo, 2016 West Seattle Grand Parade)

The heart of summer really isn’t that far away! Exactly two months from today – on Saturday, July 22nd – hundreds of participants in the West Seattle Grand Parade will roll, stroll, march, dance, and ride down California Avenue SW from Admiral to The Junction. Once again this year, the West Seattle Rotary Service Foundation will present the Seafair-sanctioned parade, a summer tradition for more than 80 years. Ever been in it? Ever wanted to be in it? Ever wondered how to be in it? For starters – request an application. Parade producers say applicants “will be judged on crowd appeal and community” to determine who gets in, and that the parade is a “family-friendly venue.” Ready to fill out the application? Here’s how to get one!

West Seattle Grand Parade 2016, report #5: Stars of the show

Interspersed with the many community groups and businesses in Saturday’s West Seattle Grand Parade – four traditional motorized parade floats:

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West Seattle is the only neighborhood in the city that still has its own traveling parade float, kept going year after year by the volunteers of West Seattle Hi-Yu. Earlier this summer, they put out a call for help – without it, they can’t keep going. And without Hi-Yu traveling to other parades, this one won’t get reciprocal visits from others in the region. This time, for the first time in a while, the Port Orchard Fathoms O’Fun float came from across Puget Sound:

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The Marysville Strawberry Festival float has been a yearly favorite:

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And the Daffodil Festival float from Pierce County, too – a wider view is in our report on the parade winners; here’s a close-up detail:

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The West Seattle Grand Parade is officially sanctioned by Seafair, which means Seafair parade marshals help out, and Seafair sends its parade contingent, including the Pirates:

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In our first report, we showed you the two police motorcycle drill teams that start the parade every year, including the Vancouver, B.C., officers whose appearance here is a Seattle-area exclusive. When both teams finished their shows, they stopped in The Junction to applaud each other:

We got some questions yesterday about a “motorcade” on the bridge … it wasn’t a motorcade, just the teams getting to and from the parade!

P.S. A few notes – The Chinese Community Girls’ Drill Team, usually a WSGP favorite, wasn’t here this year because the Renton River Days Parade was at the same time – this year brought some conflicts because it has five Saturdays … Next Saturday (July 30th), the region’s biggest parade of the year, the Seafair Torchlight Parade, happens downtown, and some of the participants you saw yesterday will be there – besides the Seafair contingent, also West Seattle Hi-Yu and the All-City Band. The night before Torchlight brings the Band Jam warmup, hosted by All-City, back to Southwest Athletic Complex here in West Seattle – free, 6:30 pm, all welcome, full preview to come!

West Seattle Grand Parade 2016, report #4: The people

July 23, 2016 10:59 pm
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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:

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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:

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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:

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Did you see the classic O’Neill Plumbing (WSB sponsor) truck in the parade? We caught up earlier with Tim and Todd O’Neill:
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Members of another well-known local family, the Menashes, were seen waving from the Seafair Commodores‘ boat float:

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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.

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Another local entrepreneur was seen skateboarding – Greg Whittaker from Mountain to Sound Outfitters worked the crowd in The Junction, with his parade entry nearby:

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The West Seattle YMCA (WSB sponsor) is a parade sponsor as well as participant:

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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.

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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:

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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:

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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:

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The riders’ end-of-parade ceremony is part of another report still in the works.

West Seattle Grand Parade 2016, report #3: Kiddie Parade-rs

July 23, 2016 9:12 pm
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Before the West Seattle Rotary Club took over production of the Grand Parade (Hi-Yu participates but it’s *not* “the Hi-Yu Parade), they presented the Kiddie Parade, and still do:

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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.

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Among those looking on – Ringo the bulldog:

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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.

West Seattle Grand Parade 2016, report #2: The winners!

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(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

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1st – Seattle Schools All-City Marching Band
2nd – Westside Baby – Stuff the Bus
3rd – Port Orchard Fathoms O’ Fun Float

BANDS

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1st – Kennedy Catholic High School Marching Band

DRILL TEAMS, SENIOR, AND CHEER SQUADS

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1st – Electronettes Drill Team & Drum Squad
2nd – The Lady’s of Elegance Drill Team
3rd – Seattle Lutheran Cheer Squad

DRILL TEAMS, JUNIOR

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1st – Butterfly Electronettes Drill Team
2nd – The Princesses of Elegance Drill Team
3rd – Diva Upgrade Drill Team

PERFORMING ACTS

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(Photo by Don Brubeck)

1st – Joyas Mestizas – Seattle Mexican Folk Dance Youth
2nd – Pathfinder K-8 School Unicycle Team
3rd – Seattle Seafair Clowns

CARS AND ANTIQUE CARS

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1st – West Seattle Lions Club
2nd – Soil Science Products
3rd – 1942 American LaFrance Fire Engine

COMMERCIAL

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1st – The Little Gym of West Seattle
2nd – Ronald McDonald
3rd – PCC Natural Markets

COMMUNITY

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1st – Our Lady of Guadalupe Church & School
2nd – Seattle Lutheran High School
3rd – Southside Revolution Junior Roller Derby

FLOATS

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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

CONVEYED FLOATS

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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.)

First report: West Seattle Grand Parade 2016!

July 23, 2016 10:49 am
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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).

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.

WEST SEATTLE GRAND PARADE 2016: Almost ready to roll

(WSB file photos)

Another quick peek at what and who you will see in Saturday’s West Seattle Grand Parade! Two junior roller-derby teams are set to roll down the route – Southside Revolution and Seattle Derby Brats. So are the unicyclists from Pathfinder K-8.

Seattle Fire Engine 29 from The Admiral District is on the lineup, as is a 1942 American LaFrance Fire Truck. And WestSide Baby‘s new #StuffTheBus bus too. Hundreds of people walking, riding, rolling. Many are your neighbors – so clap, cheer, hoot, holler. Here’s what you need to know, whether or not you’re going:

*Road closures and no-parking zones start kicking in on California between Admiral and Edmunds and on some side streets at 7 am, lasting as late as 3 pm

*Go here for Metro bus reroutes

*The morning spectacles begin with the Float Dodger 5K, leaving Hiawatha Playfield at 9:30 am – online registration is closed but you can sign up during packet pickup 3-7 pm today (Friday) at West Seattle Runner (2749 California SW; WSB sponsor) and be part of this costumes-encouraged run!

*10:30 is when the motorcycle drill teams – Seattle and Vancouver, B.C. – will start leaving from the starting line, so if you’re watching from Admiral, don’t be late

*11 am, otherwise, is the official parade start time from California/Lander

*After the runners and motorcycles are clear, the Kiddie Parade walks and rolls down an abbreviated route from California/Genesee to California/Edmunds starting at (update) ELEVEN AM – kids are welcome to participate, just show up before then!

*Bring a trash bag so if you’re hanging out on the curb and there’s no trash can conveniently nearby, you can pack it in/pack it out (or take your empty containers home to recycle, for example)

Have a great time! More later today (Friday), and then our Saturday coverage starts early …

SATURDAY! West Seattle Grand Parade 2016 countdown continues

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We noticed this evening that the no-parking signs have arrived for Saturday’s West Seattle Grand Parade – both the parade route itself, down California SW from Lander (in The Admiral District) to Edmunds (in The Junction), and side streets. Take note of the signs so you aren’t caught by surprise on Saturday – all the ones we saw today are marked 7 am to 3 pm, and tow trucks DO get called out on parade morning for vehicles whose drivers ignore the signs.

As we’ve been mentioning, the parade has more than 70 floats, bands, groups, performers, and characters signed up. The official start time is 11 am, but the motorcycle drill teams – Seattle PD, and Vancouver, B.C., Police, who come to West Seattle as a Puget Sound exclusive – take off as early as 10:30 am.

New participants this year include Pacific Science Center and the Southwest Seattle Historical Society, whose executive director Clay Eals is this year’s Orville Rummel Community Service Trophy winner – honored at last night’s Concert in the Park – and will ride toward the start of the parade, as will the Grand Marshals, the Schmitz Family.

Find your spot along the route – or, participate in the fundraising, costumes-encouraged Float Dodger 5K (9:30 am – sign up here!) or Kiddie Parade before the WSGP (show up at California/Genesee, where the Kiddie Parade starts at 11). The parade is presented by the West Seattle Rotarys Community Foundation.

THURSDAY P.S. Jon asked in comments about the bus reroutes. They are now on the Metro site and will be in our remaining previews as well as parade-day coverage.

4 DAYS AWAY: West Seattle Grand Parade 2016 countdown begins

July 19, 2016 3:46 pm
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(WSB photo, 2015 West Seattle Grand Parade)

One reason to go to the West Seattle Grand Parade this Saturday: It’s the ONLY parade in Puget Sound where you’ll see the Vancouver, B.C. Motorcycle Drill Team.

That’s part of the parade info we confirmed while sitting in on the annual lineup meeting last night with Jim Edwards, Dave Vague, and Doreen Vague. Every year, the week before the parade, they meet to review printed information about the entries and to arrange them in an order that makes sense for maximum enjoyment. You wouldn’t want to put two marching bands back-to-back, for example. Speaking of which – you’ll see the excellent All-City Marching Band, led by longtime director and newly appointed Denny International Middle School assistant principal Marcus Pimpleton, as well as Kennedy Catholic High School‘s band and the PNW Drumline:

This year’s parade has 70+ entries – fewer than last year largely because of a calendar quirk – July has five Saturdays this year; this parade is usually the third Saturday, not the fourth. But you’ll have many returnees to cheer for, including Joyas Mestizas:

The parade’s official starting time is 11 am from the north end of the route at California/Lander – but the motorcycle drill teams start before then (as early as 10:30 am). You can pick a spot anywhere along California; the route ends at Edmunds on the south edge of The Junction; keep in mind there’s still a lot of construction, especially south of Admiral, so you might want to scope out your ideal spot ahead of time. The Grand Parade is presented by the West Seattle Rotary Club Service Foundation, and it’s an official Seafair-sanctioned event, so you’ll see Seafair parade marshals helping local volunteers, as well as Seafair parade favorites including the Pirates and Clowns.

Also remember two special events before the parade – you might even want to participate in one if that’s not already part of your plan: The Float Dodger 5K takes off from Hiawatha Playfield, near the start of the parade route, at 9:30 am – register now, or go to West Seattle Runner (5K presenter and WSB sponsor) to sign up in person before Saturday – details are in our most-recent preview. Then at 10 am, West Seattle kids are invited to walk, ride, or roll in the Kiddie Parade, which goes south on California from Genesee to Edmunds. Our countdown continues tomorrow!

ONE WEEK AWAY! West Seattle Grand Parade, Kiddie Parade, Float Dodger 5K next Saturday

(WSB photo: Girl Scout Troop 45180 in last year’s Grand Parade)

Just making sure that you know we are now one week away from the West Seattle Grand Parade – 11 am Saturday, July 23rd, it starts in The Admiral District, at California/Lander, and heads south on California to The Junction, where it ends at Edmunds about two hours later. In the week ahead, as is a WSB tradition, we’ll bring you a closer look at who and what you’ll see.

It’s not just a day for sitting and watching – before the big parade arrives, kids have the chance to participate in the Kiddie Parade, which travels a shorter route in the heart of The Junction:

The Kiddie Parade goes from California/Genesee to California/Edmunds starting around 10 am Saturday, with the Junior All-City Band scheduled to participate as well as the West Seattle Hi-Yu Junior Court. And all this follows the Float Dodger 5K run:

(Float Dodger 5K: WSB file photo)
West Seattle Runner (WSB sponsor) presents the Float Dodger 5K at 9:30 am on parade morning – this year, it will start and finish on the track at Hiawatha Playfield, which is right next to the start of the parade route at California/Lander. It’s a benefit for the Leukemia/Lymphoma Society and West Seattle Food Bank – costumes encouraged! – and you can register online right now. (Or register tomorrow or any time this week in person at West Seattle Runner, 2743 California SW.)

CONGRATULATIONS! Schmitz Family chosen as West Seattle Grand Parade Grand Marshals

With this year’s West Seattle Grand Parade less than three weeks away – July 23rd – the Grand Marshals have just been announced – the Schmitz Family:

The West Seattle Grand Parade organization has selected the Schmitz Family as the 2016 Grand Marshals of the parade for their generations of public service and generosity to the West Seattle community.

Dietrich and Vicki Schmitz (WSB photo above) will represent the extended family in the parade, which steps off on July 23rd at 11:00 am on California Ave SW from Lander to Edmunds. Dietrich is a great-grandson of Ferdinand and Emma Schmitz and the son of Alan (deceased) and Vicki Schmitz.

German immigrants Ferdinand Schmitz and Emma Althof married in Seattle just after the Great Fire of 1889. They spent their honeymoon sleeping in a tent, like other Seattleites made homeless by the fire. Ferdinand became a successful businessman. He acquired choice shore and timber properties in West Seattle, which contributed to a large, multi-acre family homestead. He served on the City Council and on the Park Commission Board.

From their homestead, Ferdinand and Emma donated most of the acreage for Schmitz Preserve Park, which lies east of Alki Point. The park contains one of the last stands of old-growth forest in the city and will remain in its natural state forever.

After Ferdinand’s death, Emma donated 17 acres at 4503 Beach Drive SW for the Emma Schmitz Overlook, offering stunning views of the Olympic Mountains.

The four Schmitz children continued their parents’ legacy of public service and generosity to the West Seattle community. After Emma’s death, together the children donated 7 acres adjacent to Schmitz Preserve Park upon which Schmitz Park Elementary School was built.

Individually the children continued their parents’ legacy as well.

Dr. Henry Schmitz was dean of Minnesota’s School of Agriculture, Forestry, Home Economics, and Veterinary Medicine and became the 24th President of the University of Washington. The university’s administration building, Schmitz Hall, was named in his honor. Ferdinand Schmitz Jr. was an executive of PACCAR, President of Smith Berger Industries and a longtime supporter of Lighthouse for the Blind. Emma Schmitz Hartman was a board member of United Way and the Salvation Army and National President of the Camp Fire Girls. Dietrich G. Schmitz, a lifelong West Seattle resident, was president of Washington Mutual Savings Bank for 33 years and sat on the boards of the Boeing Company for 30 years and the Seattle School Board for 33 years, the longest tenure in school-board history. Alan Schmitz, Dietrich’s son, also a lifelong resident of West Seattle, was an Eagle Scout, Scoutmaster, banker, small businessman, 30-year Rotarian, and, later in life, a fitness instructor for senior citizens.

For generations, the Schmitz Family has acted in large and small ways to make the West Seattle community a better place in which to live, an example of public service to which we may all aspire.

You can cheer for the Grand Marshals, and Orville Rummel Trophy recipient Clay Eals, from any spot you choose along the parade route on July 23rd. More previews as parade day gets closer!

CONGRATULATIONS! Clay Eals to receive 2016 Orville Rummel Trophy for Outstanding Service to the Community

(WSB photo, 2015, Clay Eals @ announcement of new owner for Alki Homestead)
Congratulations to Clay Eals – author, historian, heritage advocate, and journalist – who has just been announced as this year’s recipient of the Orville Rummel Trophy for Outstanding Service to the Community. It’s awarded each year in connection with the West Seattle Grand Parade, presented by the Rotary Club of West Seattle, this year on Saturday, July 23. The official announcement continues:

Eals is perhaps best known locally as editor of the “West Side Story” history book and for his leadership of the successful drive to secure city landmark status for the Admiral Theater and, more recently, as executive director of the Southwest Seattle Historical Society.

He is a lifetime member of and volunteered in many roles for the historical society since its founding in 1984. In 2013, the organization’s board hired him as its first executive director. Besides staff oversight of the historical society, he is directly responsible for its volunteer recruitment, fundraising and outreach.

(2014 photo by David Hutchinson)

During his tenure as executive director, the organization has restored, raised, and unveiled the Admiral totem pole at its 1904 “Birthplace of Seattle” Log House Museum on Alki, culminating in a 2014 ceremony drawing 1,300 people, including 950 schoolchildren. The historical society also facilitated the transition of ownership and in-progress restoration of the beloved 1904 Fir Lodge/Alki Homestead and staged “Group Hug” photo events for the Homestead (1,000 schoolchildren in 2015) and the Admiral Theater (750 schoolchildren earlier this month):

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(Photo by Jean Sherrard, courtesy Southwest Seattle Historical Society; click here to see full-size version on SWSHS website)

In that span, the organization broadened its ranks of donors, sponsors, members and volunteers, strengthened the collection and exhibit operations of its museum, built its annual Champagne Gala Brunch to capacity crowds at Salty’s on Alki, revived and revamped its annual “If These Walls Could Talk” home tours, and created two ongoing monthly series: “Words, Writers, & West Seattle” featuring local authors at Barnes & Noble Westwood Village and “SouthWest Stories” featuring local history speakers rotating among the Seattle Public Library’s five branches on the peninsula.

Along the way, the organization won honors from the Association of King County Historical Organizations for Best Single Impact Event (for the 2014 totem unveiling) and from the West Seattle Chamber of Commerce as Nonprofit of the Year for 2015.

(WSB photo, 2015, Westside Award for SWSHS as Nonprofit of the Year)

Eals’ earlier achievements came during and immediately after his 15 years as an editor, reporter and photographer for four Northwest newspapers.

During his five years as editor of the West Seattle Herald and White Center News (part of Robinson Newspapers), the papers produced “Bridging the Gap,” a 104-page special section in 1984 that chronicled local transportation history and the opening of the high-level West Seattle Bridge, and followed that by publishing in 1987 the first local history book, “West Side Story,” which took its inspiration from “Mr. West Seattle” Normie Beers. A yearlong project that involved the papers’ entire staff and scores of volunteers, the 288-page “West Side Story” remains the definitive account of local community heritage.

Soon after his departure from Robinson Newspapers in 1988, Eals was elected president of the Southwest Seattle Historical Society board to succeed founder and first president Elliott Couden. In his first month of three years in that position, faced with the imminent closure of the Admiral Theater, Eals involved others, including local elected officials, in staging a closing-night picket event that led to an intensive community campaign that six months later secured city landmark status for the moviehouse, whose lobby operated as the Portola Theater starting in 1919 and which was expanded and opened as the 1,000-seat showcase Admiral Theater in 1942.

Because of its landmark status, the Admiral was saved from potential demolition. It reopened in 1992 under the new ownership of the Gartin family, which owns it to this day. It will undergo a massive renovation this summer, including conversion to four screens and the exposure of long-covered underwater auditorium murals, while preserving the building’s historic features.

Over the years, on behalf of the historical society, Eals also served on Earl Cruzen’s “Murals of Seattle” team in 1989-1993, led several yearly “Homes with History” tours in the 1990s, participated in the 1994 campaign to secure Alki voter approval of the historical society’s purchase of the building that became its museum, emceed dozens of society events and worked to deepen the organization’s partnership with South Seattle College. After a fire damaged the inside of the city-landmark Fir Lodge/Alki Homestead, he represented the society in a coalition of four heritage organizations behind a “This Place Matters” effort to ensure preservation and restoration of the log building one-half block from the museum.

The society’s most recent campaign, to seek city landmark status for the Campbell and Hamm buildings in the West Seattle Junction, stems from the yearlong West Seattle Junction Historical Survey, for which Eals participated on the steering committee.

In his professional life in addition to his journalistic positions, Eals worked 13 years as an editor and writer for Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, five years as communication officer for the Encompass children’s services nonprofit in North Bend, and two years as a journalism teacher and adviser at South Seattle College.

As an author, he wrote and secured publication of two books, both biographies, on child film actress Karolyn Grimes (Zuzu in “It’s a Wonderful Life”) in 1996 and singer/songwriter Steve Goodman (“City of New Orleans”) in 2007. He also wrote for and designed a third book, “Rain Check: Baseball in the Pacific Northwest,” in 2005.

Eals, who turns 65 in July, was born in Seattle, grew up on Mercer Island, and secured a journalism degree from the University of Oregon in Eugene. “My mother was born and raised in West Seattle, across the street from the wading pool at Hiawatha Park, and when I was a child we often visited my grandparents,” Eals says, “so I developed my love for West Seattle at an early age.” He and his wife, Meg, moved to West Seattle in 1982. They live in the North Admiral neighborhood. They have a daughter and granddaughter who live in Philadelphia.

“Looking back, I think that in my professional and personal roles I have evolved into a pied piper,” he says. “This reflects my belief that no matter what we think about how or why we are all here on this earth, we are not meant to be hermits. We are meant to connect with other people, to engage and inspire them – and to appreciate the gifts of those who came before us. We stand on the shoulders of giants. And no matter what we pursue and how we spend our time, it’s not about the physical things, but rather it’s about bringing people together, in real time, for common purpose.

“One of my favorite words is the verb ‘champion,’ and my favorite phrases include ‘a sum greater than its parts’ and ‘making something out of nothing.’ What all of that means is that we accomplish anything in this life only when we build relationships with others. And over the years, I have been fortunate to collaborate with a great number of extraordinary people. When you come down to it, it’s all about gratitude.”

ABOUT THE ORVILLE RUMMEL TROPHY: It’s named after the man who founded the parade in 1934, Orville Rummel – lots of background in the story we published the year we were honored with it, in 2010. The award was first presented in 1984. Here’s the full list of recipients from 1984 through 2015:

1984: Charles and Ann Gage
1985: RB Chris Crisler Jr.
1986: Morgan and Carol McBride
1987: Margaret Miaullis
1988: Charles Jung
1989: Aurlo Bonney
1990: Katie Thorburn
1991: Dorothy Poplawski
1992: Dan Wiseman
1993: Virgil Sheppard
1994: Dorene Smith
1995: Doris Richards
1996: John Kelly
1997: Dick Kennedy
1998: Jim Edwards and Barbara Edwards
1999: Lt. David E. Cass
2000: Husky Deli/Miller Family
2001: Stephanie Haskins
2002: Forest Lawn
2003: Sue Lindblom
2004: Edgar and Ann Phipps
2005: Karen Sisson
2006: Walt DeLong
2007: David and Doreen Vague
2008: Tim St. Clair
2009: Morey Skaret
2010: West Seattle Blog
2011: Cindi Barker
2012: Shirley Vradenburgh
2013: Judy Pickens
2014: Earl Cruzen
2015: Donn Weaver
2016: Clay Eals

West Seattle Grand Parade 2015, final report: The people!

The summer’s biggest weekend is just a memory – but before we totally move on, one last West Seattle Grand Parade photo gallery, the biggest of all – more of the people, your neighbors, who paraded down California SW at midday Saturday!

Cora boogied her way down the route for the West Seattle Amateur Radio Club again this year – but did you know, the tower replica behind her was flashing Morse Code all the while? A little hard to see in the sunshine, but a WSARC rep we talked to before the parade thought you should know.

This year’s Orville Rummel Trophy for Outstanding Community Service recipient, former West Seattle Big Band director Donn Weaver (backstory here), got a visit from his WSBB successor, parade co-coordinator Jim Edwards, in The Junction:

Weaver also is a former longtime music teacher at West Seattle High School, which had an entry in this year’s parade, the cheer squad:

Seattle Lutheran High School sent its cheer squad to the parade too:

**30+ MORE PHOTOS AHEAD!**
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