West Seattle Grand Parade – West Seattle Blog… http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Sat, 26 May 2018 06:45:06 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.6 West Seattle Grand Parade, report #4: The wheels http://westseattleblog.com/2017/07/west-seattle-grand-parade-report-4-the-wheels/ http://westseattleblog.com/2017/07/west-seattle-grand-parade-report-4-the-wheels/#comments Mon, 24 Jul 2017 09:03:07 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=889636 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:

And the drill teams saluting each other across Walk-All-Ways after their performances:

The 4-wheeled parade vehicles are often classics – like the VW van shown off by Camp Crockett (WSB sponsor):

Even more classic – the O’Neill Plumbing (also a WSB sponsor – and marking 100 years in business!) truck:

A vintage fire truck:

Back to the future, with a DeLorean:

A boat on the road, courtesy of the Seafair Commodores:

Many vehicles roll in the parade to remind community members about the good work they do, like the West Seattle Food Bank van, with Pete Spalding behind the wheel:

Many school vans, including Hope Lutheran:

The PCC Natural Markets (WSB sponsor) van participated, reminding paradegoers that they’ll be back (and in the meantime, they deliver!):

A few tiny vehicles were spotted in the Rotary Kiddie Parade in The Junction just before the “big parade” arrived:

And Grand Parade co-coordinator Michelle Edwards behind the wheel on the sidelines, with co-coordinator Jim Edwards (her dad), in a rare parade moment spent off his motorcycle:

Our other three reports from this year’s parade:

#3 – the people
#2 – the winners
#1 – first look

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West Seattle Grand Parade 2017, report #3: The people http://westseattleblog.com/2017/07/west-seattle-grand-parade-2017-report-3-the-people/ Sun, 23 Jul 2017 07:35:18 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=889589 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:

… and Cub Scouts:

American Legion Post 160‘s commander Keith Hughes rode in this parade as the recipient of the Orville Rummel Trophy for Outstanding Community Service:

City Councilmember Lisa Herbold was chosen to be Grand Marshal:

She wasn’t the only politician who paraded on Saturday. Walking with the 34th District Democrats were State Rep. Eileen Cody and County Council Chair Joe McDermott, neither of whom is on the ballot this fall:

Also, King County Executive Dow Constantine, who is:

Mayoral candidate Bob Hasegawa, one of two endorsed by the 34th:

Port commission candidate Ryan Calkins and his young assistant:

Marching individually were two candidates for King County Sheriff – West Seattle resident Maj. Mitzi Johanknecht:

And incumbent Sheriff John Urquhart:

Meantime, Seafair’s best-known faux law enforcer, Officer Lumpy, was seen on the sidelines:

Also from the Seafair contingent – the Pirate who got cannon duty:

More parade galleries to come!

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West Seattle Grand Parade 2017, report #2: The winners! http://westseattleblog.com/2017/07/west-seattle-grand-parade-2017-report-2-the-winners/ Sat, 22 Jul 2017 23:14:08 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=889560

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


1st – Eldercare Consulting

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


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.

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West Seattle Grand Parade 2017, from The Admiral District to The Junction: Report #1 http://westseattleblog.com/2017/07/happening-now-west-seattle-grand-parade-2017-from-the-admiral-district-to-the-junction/ http://westseattleblog.com/2017/07/happening-now-west-seattle-grand-parade-2017-from-the-admiral-district-to-the-junction/#comments Sat, 22 Jul 2017 17:42:50 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=889529

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.

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VIDEO: 2017 pre-parade Float Dodger 5K http://westseattleblog.com/2017/07/video-2017-pre-parade-float-dodger-5k/ Sat, 22 Jul 2017 16:52:51 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=889520

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.

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WEST SEATTLE GRAND PARADE: More of what you’ll see Saturday – where, when, who… http://westseattleblog.com/2017/07/west-seattle-grand-parade-tomorrow-more-of-what-youll-see-where-and-when/ http://westseattleblog.com/2017/07/west-seattle-grand-parade-tomorrow-more-of-what-youll-see-where-and-when/#comments Fri, 21 Jul 2017 23:29:06 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=889454 One more preview before the West Seattle Grand Parade arrives tomorrow (Saturday, July 22nd)!

(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.

(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.

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COUNTDOWN: Previewing Saturday’s West Seattle Grand Parade http://westseattleblog.com/2017/07/countdown-previewing-saturdays-west-seattle-grand-parade/ http://westseattleblog.com/2017/07/countdown-previewing-saturdays-west-seattle-grand-parade/#comments Thu, 20 Jul 2017 04:18:16 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=889316

(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.

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VIDEO: All-City Band photo shoot in West Seattle, days before WS Grand Parade performance http://westseattleblog.com/2017/07/happening-now-all-city-band-photo-shoot-in-west-seattle-days-before-ws-grand-parade-performance/ http://westseattleblog.com/2017/07/happening-now-all-city-band-photo-shoot-in-west-seattle-days-before-ws-grand-parade-performance/#comments Tue, 18 Jul 2017 01:51:03 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=889126

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.

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WEST SEATTLE GRAND PARADE 2017: Keith Hughes chosen for Orville Rummel Award http://westseattleblog.com/2017/07/west-seattle-grand-parade-2017-keith-hughes-chosen-for-orville-rummel-award/ http://westseattleblog.com/2017/07/west-seattle-grand-parade-2017-keith-hughes-chosen-for-orville-rummel-award/#comments Mon, 17 Jul 2017 21:26:24 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=889090 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

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COUNTDOWN: You’re invited to the West Seattle Kiddie Parade before the Grand Parade http://westseattleblog.com/2017/07/countdown-youre-invited-to-the-west-seattle-kiddie-parade-before-the-grand-parade/ Thu, 13 Jul 2017 16:52:42 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=888578

(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!:


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.

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WEST SEATTLE GRAND PARADE: 2 months away. Be part of it! http://westseattleblog.com/2017/05/west-seattle-grand-parade-2-months-away-be-part-of-it/ Mon, 22 May 2017 21:07:29 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=883599 IMG_5061
(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!

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West Seattle Grand Parade 2016, report #5: Stars of the show http://westseattleblog.com/2016/07/west-seattle-grand-parade-2016-report-5-stars-of-the-show/ http://westseattleblog.com/2016/07/west-seattle-grand-parade-2016-report-5-stars-of-the-show/#comments Sun, 24 Jul 2016 14:56:19 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=852044 Interspersed with the many community groups and businesses in Saturday’s West Seattle Grand Parade – four traditional motorized parade floats:


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:


The Marysville Strawberry Festival float has been a yearly favorite:


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:


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:


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!

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West Seattle Grand Parade 2016, report #4: The people http://westseattleblog.com/2016/07/west-seattle-grand-parade-2016-report-4-the-people/ Sun, 24 Jul 2016 05:59:47 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=851967 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:


The family’s legacy includes the donation of Schmitz Park and its namesake nearby elementary school as well as Emma Schmitz Memorial Overlook on Beach Drive. (Here’s video of the Schmitz Family members and Eals toward the start of the parade.)

Also driving the parade route … longtime West Seattle community advocate Pete Spalding behind the wheel of the West Seattle Food Bank van:


Did you see the classic O’Neill Plumbing (WSB sponsor) truck in the parade? We caught up earlier with Tim and Todd O’Neill:

Members of another well-known local family, the Menashes, were seen waving from the Seafair Commodores‘ boat float:


And Potter Construction (WSB sponsor) was in the parade too – proprietor Gary Potter is a supporter also through his participation in the parade-presenting Rotary Club.


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


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


Riding with the Seafair Scholarship Program for Women candidates in convertibles, the immediate past West Seattle Hi-Yu Senior Court Queen Kelly Crum, who is vying for Miss Seafair.


This year’s winner will be announced before the Torchlight Parade downtown one week from tonight. Royalty was also in view before the parade, the “Pirates and Princesses” breakfast at Brookdale Admiral Heights, just north of the parade route, honored the longstanding tradition of hospitality for visiting parade-float participants. West Seattle Hi-Yu Senior and Junior Court members posed with Seafair Pirates, whose land-borne vessel Moby Duck was at the ready outside:


And then there are the parade’s longtime volunteer co-coordinator, including Dave Vague (below right) at the check-in table on the northwest corner of California/Lander:


And co-coordinator Jim Edwards was visible on his motorcycle riding up and down the parade route, checking on how things were going, communicating with other amateur-radio operators embedded along the way .. we also caught him making a photo stop when the motorcycle drill teams were done:


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

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West Seattle Grand Parade 2016, report #3: Kiddie Parade-rs http://westseattleblog.com/2016/07/west-seattle-grand-parade-2016-report-3-kiddie-parade-rs/ Sun, 24 Jul 2016 04:12:40 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=851988 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:


A small but festive contingent made their way down California from Genesee to Edmunds after the motorcycles and before the rest of the Grand Parade.


Among those looking on – Ringo the bulldog:


Here’s video of the Kiddie Parade’s start:

If you have little ones who would enjoy parading past the crowd, make plans to be part of it next year – just show up at the starting line by quarter till 11 or so.

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West Seattle Grand Parade 2016, report #2: The winners! http://westseattleblog.com/2016/07/west-seattle-grand-parade-2016-report-2-the-winners/ http://westseattleblog.com/2016/07/west-seattle-grand-parade-2016-report-2-the-winners/#comments Sat, 23 Jul 2016 23:14:58 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=851947

(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:



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



1st – Kennedy Catholic High School Marching Band



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



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


(Photo by Don Brubeck)

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



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



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



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



1st Place – WS Hi-Yu Royalty Trophy – Daffodil Festival
2nd Place – WS Rotary President’s Trophy – Marysville Strawberry Festival
3rd Place – WS Rotary Foundation Trophy – Fathom’s O’ Fun, Port Orchard



1st Place – Holy Rosary School
2nd Place – Hope Lutheran Church & School

Lots more parade highlights to come! (We usually aren’t done until early Sunday, so please check back.)

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