West Seattle Blog... » West Seattle Grand Parade http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Mon, 30 Nov 2015 06:40:24 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 West Seattle Grand Parade 2015, final report: The people! http://westseattleblog.com/2015/07/west-seattle-grand-parade-2015-final-report-the-people/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/07/west-seattle-grand-parade-2015-final-report-the-people/#comments Mon, 20 Jul 2015 17:11:13 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=317180 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:


Local scouts made a big showing – here’s Girl Scout Troop 45180:

Boy Scout Troop 284:

And Cub Scout Pack 793:

Among the other nonprofit participants – Furry Faces Foundation, whose founder Teri Ensley waved giant scissors as she reminded paradegoers to spay/neuter their pets because, “It’s hip to be snipped”:

Breast-cancer-fighting fundraising star Tracy Dart led her namesake Team Tracy:

Southside Revolution roller derby, now in its second year, brought skaters:

As is traditional, the parade started with the motorcycle drill teams of the Seattle Police Department and Vancouver (B.C.) Police Department.

This is the only area parade in which Vancouver’s team participates.

At the south end of the route, a show of mutual respect:

There’s one other officer we should mention – West Seattle’s own Officer Lumpy of the Seafair Clowns, who ambled over to inspect the work of parade emcee Marty Riemer:

Marty (who’s on the radio at 95.7 The Jet these days) announced the parade from the heart of The Junction, with daughter Josie at his side:

Back on the parade route, no, this is NOT “Mr. Potatohead“:

While “Spud” was on foot, a variety of wheeled entries continued to regale the crowd – from the Pathfinder K-8 unicyclists:

To the hybrid feet/wheels buses that were part of the WestSide Baby entry (executive director Nancy Woodland‘s daughter McInnis powered this one):

Here’s a young ambassador for the West Seattle Community Orchestras:

WSCO has groups for youth as well as adults, by the way. Speaking of youth – the West Seattle YMCA (WSB sponsor and a parade sponsor too) had a big presence – on feet and on wheels – we caught Josh Sutton behind the wheel:

He’s also a member of the parade-presenting Rotary Club of West Seattle, as is Gary Potter, who we photographed walking the route:

(Potter Construction is also a WSB sponsor.) Did you see your nearest neighborhood council in the parade? This year’s group was right behind the Department of Neighborhoods‘ banner:

Last but not least, the parade is usually a good chance to get a look at your local politicians, whether on the run or already elected.

Above, that’s King County Councilmember Joe McDermott, who’s running unopposed for another term. It was his first of two local parades this weekend – he served as Grand Marshal of Sunday’s White Center Jubilee Days parade; the man he succeeded on the council, County Executive Dow Constantine, was Grand Marshal for this year’s West Seattle parade, and while we already featured him teaching his daughter how to parade-wave, here’s a view from the other end of the parade route:

Notice what he’s wearing? That’s a West Seattle Hi-Yu button, $1 to support Hi-Yu, its float, and its activities – watch for Hi-Yu royalty and volunteers at summer events, if you don’t have yours yet. Meantime, the city’s highest-ranking former West Seattleite was there too:

Mayor Ed Murray and husband Michael Shiosaki walked the route. Several City Council candidates were also part of the parade, including two walking with the 34th District Democrats, their endorsees Lisa Herbold and Shannon Braddock:

Others walking with the 34th DDs included Port Commission endorsee Norman Sigler:

And School Board Position 6 endorsee Leslie Harris:

Incumbent Marty McLaren was in the parade too. Back to the City Council race – Jody Rushmer was in front of the cannon-firing Seafair Pirates for the entirety of the parade:

We can only imagine what that might have been like:

Back to the candidates – Phillip Tavel had a multi-vehicle entry including a Nash Metropolitan driven by endorser and former candidate Dave Montoure plus a truck featuring the ever-popular Bubbleman:

Alon Bassok is a West Seattle resident in the running for at-large City Council Position 9:

We also saw West Seattleite Lorena Gonzalez, who is also a candidate for at-large Position 9. Apologies to anyone we’ve missed – between our five parade galleries, we’re pretty sure we’ve featured at least 90 percent of the entries, if not more. Previously published:

*2015 parade report #4: The royalty
*2015 parade report #3: Rotary Kiddie Parade
*2015 parade report #2: The winners
*2015 parade report #1: First look

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West Seattle Grand Parade 2015, report #4: The royalty http://westseattleblog.com/2015/07/west-seattle-grand-parade-2015-report-4-the-royalty/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/07/west-seattle-grand-parade-2015-report-4-the-royalty/#comments Sun, 19 Jul 2015 20:53:58 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=317181 Continuing our photo coverage of Saturday’s West Seattle Grand Parade:

The Seafair participants in the parade always include the Scholarship Program for Women contenders, and this year they include Lorelei McFadden (above), last year’s West Seattle Hi-Yu Senior Court Queen. She’s in the running to become the 66th Miss Seafair; the winner will be announced Tuesday night. This year’s Hi-Yu royalty, of course, rode in the parade on their “Around the Sound” float:

Before the parade, local and visiting royalty enjoyed breakfast at Brookdale Admiral Heights, which was invaded for the occasion by the Seafair Pirates, who snagged a photo-op outside with the reigning Miss Seattle, Taryn Smith, a 2015 graduate of West Seattle High School:

And away from the buffet table at breakfast, we found out what a pirate really does before getting down to a day of plundering, pillaging, and parading:

(Thanks to Anne Weglin at Brookdale for the pirates-and-princesses tip.) More parade photos to come – here’s what we’ve published so far:

*2015 parade report #3: Rotary Kiddie Parade
*2015 parade report #2: The winners
*2015 parade report #1: First look

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West Seattle Grand Parade 2015, report #3: Rotary Kiddie Parade http://westseattleblog.com/2015/07/west-seattle-grand-parade-2015-report-3-rotary-kiddie-parade/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/07/west-seattle-grand-parade-2015-report-3-rotary-kiddie-parade/#comments Sun, 19 Jul 2015 06:56:01 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=317102

Long before the Rotary Club of West Seattle took over presentation of the WS Grand Parade, it started shepherding the annual Kiddie Parade, a chance for local kids to head down a few blocks of the parade route and show off for the crowd along California between Genesee and Edmunds. The tradition continued today, with dozens braving the hotter-than-usual temps this year:

We think we saw a superhero:

And of course, heroic grownup assistance is vital to successful parade participation:

As is music!

More parade reports to come – here’s what we’ve published previously:

*2015 parade report #2: The winners
*2015 parade report #1: First look

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West Seattle Grand Parade 2015, report #2: The winners! http://westseattleblog.com/2015/07/west-seattle-grand-parade-2015-report-2-the-winners/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/07/west-seattle-grand-parade-2015-report-2-the-winners/#comments Sun, 19 Jul 2015 01:51:39 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=317045 (UPDATED SUNDAY MORNING: Float winners added)

(WSB photos by Tracy Record and Patrick Sand)
During the West Seattle Grand Parade, a lot happens behind the scenes. While parade staffers get the entries out of the gate at the north end of the route, pacing them depending on a variety of factors, there’s more going on along the route – volunteer ham-radio operators are communicating what’s going on at various points along the route, and at secret points along the way, judges are reviewing the entries as they pass. That leads to a list of awards we publish post-parade each year – here it is:

2015 West Seattle Grand Parade
Produced by the West Seattle Rotary Foundation


1st Seattle School All-City Marching Band

2nd Luna Park Cafe

3rd WestSide Baby – Stuff the Bus


1st Kennedy Catholic High School Marching Band

2nd Pacific Northwest Drumline


1st Friend to Friend America

2nd West Seattle Lions Club

3rd 1942 American LaFrance Fire Engine


1st Hotwire Coffee (both photos above)

2nd Mountain to Sound Outfitters (above)

3rd Spring Free Trampoline (above)


1st Our Lady of Guadalupe

2nd Delridge Grocery Co-op

3rd Calvary Chapel


1st The Lady’s of Elegance Drill Team (see video here)

2nd Electronetts Drill Team & Drum Squad

3rd Seattle Chinese Community Girls Drill Team


1st The Princesses of Elegance Drill Team (see video here)
2nd Washington Diamonds Drill Team
3rd Butterfly Electronetts Drill Team


1st Joyas Mestizas – Seattle Mexican Folk Dance Youth

2nd Seafair Clowns

3rd Seafair Pirates

(added Sunday) FLOATS

1st Place - WS Rotary Foundation Trophy – Marysville Strawberry Festival


1st Place – Hope Lutheran Church and School

2nd Place – Holy Rosary School and Sun Dancers

Still adding LOTS MORE photos (and some video to come) of the winning entries. And we have other parade stories in the works – the Kiddie Parade too!

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VIDEO: West Seattle Grand Parade 2015, report #1 http://westseattleblog.com/2015/07/happening-now-west-seattle-grand-parade-2015/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/07/happening-now-west-seattle-grand-parade-2015/#comments Sat, 18 Jul 2015 17:47:31 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=317018

10:47 AM: The West Seattle Grand Parade has begun, with the motorcycle drill teams – Seattle Police and Vancouver (B.C.) Police – on their way from California/Lander. At the Junction end of the route, you’ll see the Kiddie Parade first (leaving California/Genesee at 11 am). California between Admiral and Edmunds is closed until the parade’s over in early afternoon. We’ll have lots of video and photos afterward! (Also some along the way on Twitter at @westseattleblog.)

12:29 PM: At the start of the parade route, in The Admiral District, it’s just wrapped up, after an hour and a half. We have a crew at the Junction end of the route too, so we’ll update you when it ends there. Meantime – as paradegoers walk past us, we’re hearing their reviews. Including, “That was a nice little parade.” And: “I wanna be in the parade next year!” Here are a couple clips we uploaded along the route – the Seafair Pirates:

And the first drill team on the route, the Lady’s Of Elegance and Princesses of Elegance:

This year’s Grand Marshal, King County Executive (and lifelong West Seattleite) Dow Constantine, tweeted this photo as he showed daughter Sabrina how to do the “parade wave”:

Now the road’s fully open here on the north end of the route. But be careful till it’s all over. Now on with the rest of a big day – more parade coverage (photos and video) to come later.

1:14 PM: Our crew in The Junction says the parade is now all over.

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West Seattle Grand Parade 2015: Getting ready to roll! http://westseattleblog.com/2015/07/west-seattle-grand-parade-2015-getting-ready-to-roll/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/07/west-seattle-grand-parade-2015-getting-ready-to-roll/#comments Sat, 18 Jul 2015 03:32:09 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=316974 Just hours until the West Seattle Grand Parade, and that means it’s time for last-minute prep! One of the entries you’ll see features representatives of local community councils – among them, Morgan Community Association, whose leaders have been working on the hats they’ll wear – here’s one modeled by president Deb Barker:

Since the group is MoCA for short, therefore coffee cups – get it? Meantime, local businesses will roll down the parade route too, including Potter Construction (WSB sponsor):

Potter shared the photo of Fran and Karl Coy decorating the truck for tomorrow. (Any other parade-eve photos to share? E-mail us! editor@westseattleblog.com)

In all, more than 90 entries are set to walk, march, roll, and motor on down California. We have late word that kid-entertainment favorite Bubbleman will be among them – along with unicyclists, trampoline jumpers, cannon-firing pirates, marching bands, drill teams, all sorts of fun. New to West Seattle? Don’t miss it! Not new to West Seattle? Don’t miss it! A few reminders from our previous publication of the parade-daybasics:

WHEN: 11 am start from California and Lander, headed to California and Edmunds, about a mile and a half. (Bus reroutes, parking restrictions, and road closures are staggered.)

BUT FIRST: The Seattle Police and Vancouver (BC) Police Motorcycle Drill Teams are first. So if you’re going to watch from the north end of the route, be in place 10:30 or so.

GET OUT ON THE ROUTE, #1: Run the parade route before the parade by participating in the Float Dodger 5K, 9:30 am start from in front of West Seattle Runner (WSB sponsor), 2743 California SW. If you’re not registered yet, you can sign up before the run.

GET OUT ON THE ROUTE, #2: Be in the Kiddie Parade! It leaves California/Genesee at 11 am, headed down the south end of the parade route.

REMEMBER THE ROUTE CLOSES: As early as 6 am in some spots – take a close look at your nearest NO PARKING sign – parking restrictions kick in on the bus-rerouting streets, as well as the route itself.

WHO’S WHO: Marty Riemer announces the parade in The Junction; County Executive Dow Constantine is Grand Marshal. Former West Seattle Big Band director Donn Weaver is the Orville Rummel Trophy for Outstanding Service to the Community recipient. Judges are in various secret spots along the route, and award winners will be announced afterward. See you there!

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West Seattle Grand Parade 2015 countdown: Day after tomorrow! http://westseattleblog.com/2015/07/west-seattle-grand-parade-2015-countdown-day-after-tomorrow/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/07/west-seattle-grand-parade-2015-countdown-day-after-tomorrow/#comments Fri, 17 Jul 2015 05:03:40 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=316871

(WSB photo: All-City Band in the 2014 West Seattle Grand Parade)

As we reported after the parade lineup meeting earlier this week, looks like 90+ entries will march and roll their way down California SW this Saturday morning in the West Seattle Grand Parade. The basics:

WHEN: 11 am start from California and Lander, headed to California and Edmunds, about a mile and a half.

CAVEAT: The Seattle Police and Vancouver (BC) Police Motorcycle Drill Teams go first. So if you’re going to watch from the north end of the route, don’t be later than 10:30 or so.

GET OUT ON THE ROUTE, #1: Run the parade route before the parade by participating in the Float Dodger 5K, 9:30 am start from in front of West Seattle Runner (WSB sponsor), 2743 California SW. (Online registration just closed, but you can stop by WS Runner tomorrow 3-7 pm or sign up pre-race on Saturday.)

GET OUT ON THE ROUTE, #2: Be in the Kiddie Parade!

(WSB photo: 2014 Kiddie Parade participant)
It leaves California/Genesee at 11 am, headed down the south end of the parade route.

REMEMBER THE ROUTE CLOSES: As early as 6 am in some spots – take a close look at your nearest NO PARKING sign – parking restrictions kick in on the bus-rerouting streets, as well as the route itself.

WHAT’S NEW: New entries include a trampoline company whose owner plans to jump (dressed as a pirate!) as the trampoline travels down the route; giant “Cakewalk” puppets from Fremont; Pacific Northwest Drumline is back “after a 2-year hiatus”; and more …

WHO’S WHO: Marty Riemer announces the parade from the heart of The Junction; County Executive Dow Constantine is Grand Marshal. Former West Seattle Big Band director Donn Weaver is the Orville Rummel Trophy for Outstanding Service to the Community recipient.

BIZFLOATS: Local businesses are fun to cheer for, and those you’ll see will include our flagship sponsor Hotwire Online Coffeehouse (with four-wheelers, two-wheelers, and, we’re told, bubbles), Luna Park Café, Spud, Little Gym, PCC Natural Markets (WSB sponsor), West Coast Entertainment (on Segways) …

Also …
*Community groups
*Visiting royalty
*Drill teams (including the famous Chinese Community Girls’ Drill Team)
*Marching Bands
*Visiting royalty
*Even a Metro bus

Pick your spot anywhere along the route (but remember there’s a lot of construction on California south of Admiral, so some traditional spots are construction zones now, especially on both sides of the 3800 block). If you are a fan of peeking behind-the-scenes on big events, be at the start of the parade and watch organizers coordinate getting everybody out onto the route; if you come down early enough, you can watch the arrivals, see visiting floats and performers get themselves organized. Whatever you choose to do, be part of a long-running tradition (and bring water – forecast calls for the return of warm weather).

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VIDEO: 2015 Concert in the Park swings with West Seattle Big Band tunes, honors Donn Weaver with Orville Rummel Trophy http://westseattleblog.com/2015/07/video-2015-concert-in-the-park-swings-with-west-seattle-big-band-tunes-honors-donn-weaver-with-orville-rummel-trophy/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/07/video-2015-concert-in-the-park-swings-with-west-seattle-big-band-tunes-honors-donn-weaver-with-orville-rummel-trophy/#comments Wed, 15 Jul 2015 16:03:20 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=316667

On the east lawn at Hiawatha Community Center last night, they sat on the lawn and soaked up the sound of the West Seattle Big Band during this year’s Hi-Yu Concert in the Park – here’s a two-song section of the show:

Midway through, it was time for a special presentation – the band’s former longtime director Donn Weaver was honored with the Orville Rummel Trophy for Outstanding Community Service in advance of this Saturday’s West Seattle Grand Parade:

Find out more about Weaver and the Orville Rummel Trophy in our Tuesday story.

He was presented with the trophy in view of neighboring West Seattle High School, where he taught music for decades, with students including his successor as WS Big Band director, Jim Edwards:

Edwards is also a co-coordinator of the parade, in which Weaver will ride toward the start with the trophy; the parade is this Saturday (July 18th), leaving California/Lander in The Admiral District around 11 am, headed southbound to California/Edmunds in The Junction. Meantime, after the presentation, the band played on:

And on the sidelines, a couple danced:

The Big Band’s main mission is to raise money for school music programs. You can track the band’s public gigs via its online calendar – next up, the Ballard Locks this Sunday (July 19th) at 2 pm.

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‘Music is worthwhile’: Donn Weaver, who proved that for decades, to accept Orville Rummel Trophy at tonight’s Concert in the Park http://westseattleblog.com/2015/07/music-is-worthwhile-donn-weaver-who-proved-that-for-decades-to-accept-orville-rummel-trophy-at-tonights-concert-in-the-park/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/07/music-is-worthwhile-donn-weaver-who-proved-that-for-decades-to-accept-orville-rummel-trophy-at-tonights-concert-in-the-park/#comments Tue, 14 Jul 2015 20:04:16 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=316546

(At right in our video, Donn Weaver directing the WS Big Band at 2013′s Concert in the Park)

By Randall Hauk
Reporting for West Seattle Blog

“A change is brought about because ordinary people do extraordinary things.” – President Obama

When Donn Weaver, the 2015 recipient of the Orville Rummel Trophy for Outstanding Service to the Community, received as a seventh grader the gift of a trumpet from his older brother, he certainly could never have imagined he would someday be honored for sharing his love of music with the West Seattle community.

Yet, honored shall he be, at tonight’s Hi-Yu Concert in the Park featuring the West Seattle Big Band, an organization for which Weaver served as director from its inception in 1996 until stepping down this past winter, and then he’ll carry the trophy in this Saturday’s West Seattle Grand Parade, whose committee chooses the honoree.

The band initially was formed as a collection of a “baker’s dozen” of band alumni brought together to play at a West Seattle High School reunion.

“They asked for a band to play, so we contacted as many former members as we could. We had a rehearsal and played the reunion,” recalls Weaver. “At the end of the reunion, they got together in a huddle in the lunchroom and they told me they decided they wanted to have the band keep going. So I thought, “Well, we’ll just make it into a swing band,” and it’s been going ever since.”

The all-volunteer band quickly grew into the 18-piece unit that has been entertaining crowds throughout West Seattle ever since, while also raising thousands of dollars for the music programs of local public schools.

Born in Onalaska in southwest Washington, Weaver first arrived in Seattle to attend the University of Washington. where he earned his BA in music education in 1954. His career eventually brought him to West Seattle High School, where he taught from 1966 until 1978.

When Weaver first started at WSHS, there were just eleven students in the band. By the time Weaver moved on to new challenges, taking him to Franklin, Rainier Beach, and Ingraham high schools, the program was flourishing with more than 80 members.

“It was phenomenal how it blossomed,” says Weaver, downplaying his own role in helping build the school’s program. “High-school kids love a challenge.”

One person who does not underestimate Weaver’s contributions to not only the WSHS program, but also to the community at large, is former student Jim Edwards, who worked closely with Weaver in the West Seattle Big Band before succeeding his mentor as its director (he’s also a Rummel Trophy recipient, with wife Barbara Edwards, in 1998).

“Donn’s years at West Seattle High School, while a paid position, are not representative of your normal band director,” says Edwards. “He had a record of building strong programs wherever he taught. In 1978, his last year at West Seattle, his combined instrumental performing groups had a total of 72 performances out of a 180-day school year.”

It was Edwards, a member of the West Seattle Parade Committee and longtime co-coordinator of the parade, who nominated Weaver for the Orville Rummel Trophy before recusing himself from the decision-making process due to the long-term personal ties between the two men that has spanned several decades.

“When I first knew Jim, he was in elementary school and in the summer music program,” says Weaver. “I used to get a kick out of him because the trombone he played was bigger than he was!”

While there may be no more-fitting testimony to Weaver’s legacy than to have a former student nominate him for a prestigious community award while also continuing his work with the Big Band, Weaver always defers to the power of the music to move young and old alike, as seen repeatedly at his many performances.

“Music is worthwhile,” says Weaver. “If someone asked me to prove it was worthwhile, I wouldn’t know what to tell them, but I have seen it.”

You can applaud Donn Weaver for his decades of community service at tonight’s Concert in the Park – again, 7 pm, east lawn of Hiawatha (2700 California SW, but the concert’s on the Walnut side), free! – and when he rides in the West Seattle Grand Parade on Saturday, starting 11 am from California/Lander and proceeding southbound along California to the south end of The Junction at Edmunds.

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. Click ahead for 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

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West Seattle Grand Parade 2015 countdown: The lineup meeting http://westseattleblog.com/2015/07/west-seattle-grand-parade-2015-countdown-the-lineup-meeting/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/07/west-seattle-grand-parade-2015-countdown-the-lineup-meeting/#comments Tue, 14 Jul 2015 06:10:36 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=316504

West Seattle Grand Parade co-coordinator Dave Vague joked that it must be like watching sausage being made, or paint drying, to sit in on the annual lineup meeting at which parade entry forms go from paper to pixels to a plan. Nonetheless, they let us sit in on it anyway (best place to get parade-preview info) – and tonight at Pershing Hall in The Triangle, (from left in the photo above) he, Doreen Vague, Michelle Edwards, and Jim Edwards crafted the tentative running order for this Saturday’s parade.

More than 90 entries right now, including ones in which you’ll see people, as they roll down the route:


…and of course dancing, marching, riding on floats, etc. Did we mention cannon-blasting, too? Yes, classic parade stars including the Seafair Pirates are back – along with other Seafair faves (Clowns, Commodores, Scholarship Program candidates including last year’s West Seattle Hi-Yu Queen Lorelei McFadden). And this year’s Hi-Yu royalty will be on their “Around the Sound” float.

The parade, presented by the West Seattle Rotary Service Foundation, starts at 11 am Saturday at California/Lander and continues to California/Edmunds in The Junction. But don’t just show up at the last minute – for one, the Vancouver (BC) and Seattle Police motorcycle units tend to start sooner; for two, before all that, you can cheer on the Float Dodger 5K runners (or even better, be one of them – then take your place to parade-watch – you can register here), who leave California/Charlestown at 9:30 am. More parade-day info as the week rolls on toward Saturday, and our morning traffic reports will include reminders about street/parking/bus changes too.

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West Seattle Grand Parade’s Grand Marshal announced: King County Executive Dow Constantine http://westseattleblog.com/2015/07/west-seattle-grand-parades-grand-marshal-announced-king-county-executive-dow-constantine/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/07/west-seattle-grand-parades-grand-marshal-announced-king-county-executive-dow-constantine/#comments Mon, 13 Jul 2015 23:12:03 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=316473 We’re counting down all week to this year’s West Seattle Grand Parade – 11 am Saturday (July 18th), rolling southbound on California SW from SW Lander to SW Edmunds – and this afternoon, parade organizers have just announced this year’s Grand Marshal: West Seattle born-and-raised King County Executive Dow Constantine.

(Constantine in another parade of sorts – with Schmitz Park students headed to Log House Museum totem-pole dedication June 2014)
He’s a graduate of West Seattle High School – the campus is steps from where he’ll ride onto the parade route Saturday as Grand Marshal – and is midway through his second term as King County Executive, which was preceded by service on the King County Council and in the State Senate and House, to which he was first elected in 1996. He and wife Shirley Carlson are raising their 1-year-old daughter Sabrina in the same neighborhood where he grew up. (added) His reaction to the Grand Parade Grand Marshal news: “The West Seattle Parade has been a highlight of our family’s summers my whole life. I’ve walked the parade as a Scout, marched in the school band, and appeared as both a candidate and as an elected official. This is the community that raised me, so being asked to serve as Grand Marshal of the parade means a lot to me personally.”

As for the parade itself, a little more background from the just-in announcement:

At this time the parade is scheduled to have more than 80 entries, including parade floats, marching bands, and the only appearance of the Vancouver Police Motorcycle Drill Team, as well as the Seattle Police Motorcycle Drill Team.

The West Seattle Parade Committee is a community service committee of the West Seattle Rotary Club Service Foundation.

We’ll be counting down to the parade all week with more information – and remember that it’s preceded by the 11 am Kiddie Parade – just be at California/Genesee and ready to roll southbound! In addition to Grand Marshal Constantine, another parade VIP has been selected, as previously mentioned here – longtime West Seattle Big Band leader and former WSHS music teacher Donn Weaver, who’ll receive the Orville Rummel Trophy for Outstanding Community Service at tomorrow night’s 7 pm Concert in the Park with the WSBB on the east lawn at Hiawatha. More pre-parade info to come!

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West Seattle Grand Parade 2014, report #5: People & wheels http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/west-seattle-grand-parade-2014-report-5-the-people-the-wheels/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/west-seattle-grand-parade-2014-report-5-the-people-the-wheels/#comments Mon, 21 Jul 2014 04:47:40 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=279928

(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 – target="_blank">The Kiddie Parade
#3 – The winners!
#4 – West Seattle Hi-Yu in the parade
Pre-parade: Float Dodger 5K

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West Seattle Grand Parade 2014, report #4: Hi-Yu royalty http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/west-seattle-grand-parade-2014-report-4-hi-yu-royalty/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/west-seattle-grand-parade-2014-report-4-hi-yu-royalty/#comments Sun, 20 Jul 2014 13:02:32 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=279946 It’s West Seattle Hi-Yu‘s 80th anniversary – so here’s a separate look at their West Seattle Grand Parade appearance:

This year’s contingent included the first male Hi-Yu royalty to appear in a West Seattle parade, Senior Court Prince Hang:

Last year’s Senior Court queen, April Davis, is on the left below, riding with other participants in the Seafair Scholarship Program for Women – that coronation at next Saturday’s Torchlight Parade downtown:

After their time on the parade route was done, this year’s royalty gathered to watch the rest of the parade:

They’re scheduled to be in the Torchlight Parade too. And if you know a young lady or gentleman who might want to be part of Hi-Yu next year … watch westseattlehiyu.com for information on how to apply.

PARADE COVERAGE: One more photo gallery ahead, later Sunday – with the people and sights not already shown here or in these previous reports:

#3: The winners
#2: The Kiddie Parade
#1: First quick clips

(Also, a separate report on the Float Dodger 5K)

All our Grand Parade coverage over the years is archived here.

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West Seattle Grand Parade 2014, report #3: The winners! http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/west-seattle-grand-parade-2014-report-3-the-winners/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/west-seattle-grand-parade-2014-report-3-the-winners/#comments Sun, 20 Jul 2014 02:02:53 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=279884

Shortly after today’s West Seattle Grand Parade concluded, the award winners were announced, and our video above shows parade-presenting Rotary Club of West Seattle president Shane Carew making the announcements. Here’s the list, followed by information on how trophies can be claimed if your organization/group/etc. won but wasn’t there to accept the award:


1st Place – Seattle Schools All-City Marching Band (above)

2nd Place – Sumner High School Marching Band (above)
3rd Place – The Dolls & Gents Drill Team & Drumline

1st Place – Kennedy Catholic High School Marching Band


1st Place – Seattle Seafair Clowns (above)
2nd Place – Lake City Vigilantes
3rd Place – Keystone Kops


1st Place – Pathfinder K-8 School Unicycle Team

2nd Place – Joyas Mestizas – Seattle Mexican Folk Dance Youth (photo above)

3rd Place – Seafair Pirates (photo above)


1st Place – Luna Park Cafe (above)

2nd Place – The Little Gym of West Seattle (above)
3rd Place – Ronald McDonald


1st Place – King County Metro Transit (above)

2nd Place – 1942 American LaFrance Fire Truck (above)

3rd Place – Hope Lutheran School (above)


1st Place – The Princesses of Elegance Drill Team (video above)

2nd Place – Washington Diamonds Drill Team (photo above)
3rd Place – Anointed to Praise Drill Team

1st Place – The Ladies of Elegance Drill Team

2nd Place – Seattle Chinese Community Girls Drill Team

3rd Place – Diva Upgrades Drill Team


1st Place – Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish & School

2nd Place – Seattle Lutheran High School Robotics

3rd Place – Southside Revolution – Jr. Roller Derby


1st – WS Rotary Foundation Trophy: Marysville Strawberry Festival Float

We have at least one more parade report to come – but in the meantime, a message for the winners from parade co-coordinator Dave Vague: “The trophies are set out at the Legion Hall, which will be open 9 – 4 Monday through Friday next week, and the phone number is 932-9696.”

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West Seattle Grand Parade 2014, report #2: Kiddie Parade-rs http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/west-seattle-grand-parade-2014-report-2-kiddie-parade-rs/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/west-seattle-grand-parade-2014-report-2-kiddie-parade-rs/#comments Sun, 20 Jul 2014 00:47:03 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=279882 (MORE PARADE COVERAGE: Scroll through this archive)

(Photo by Steve Fuller; others by WSB’s Patrick Sand)
If you watch the West Seattle Grand Parade from somewhere along the final three blocks, between Genesee and Edmunds, you get to see the Kiddie Parade, which the Rotary Club of West Seattle presented for years before taking over production of the Grand Parade itself starting this year. It’s open to all kids (and their chaperones). Here are some of the participants – starting with one young lady who brought a float!

She was one of more than a few in costume:

Pre-parade, here’s the Junior All-City Band getting ready – coached by All-City Band members:

For more of our 2014 parade-day coverage, scroll through our coverage archive here.

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