West Seattle Blog... » West Seattle Grand Parade http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Sun, 26 Apr 2015 18:44:13 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 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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West Seattle Grand Parade 2014, report #1: Quick clips http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/west-seattle-grand-parade-2014-report-1-quick-clips/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/west-seattle-grand-parade-2014-report-1-quick-clips/#comments Sat, 19 Jul 2014 19:54:18 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=279841

This year’s West Seattle Grand Parade is over in The Admiral District as of about 10 minutes ago. Our first report features some quick clips, mostly via Instagram (which has a :15 maximum). Top – the WestSide Baby Daddy Drill Team - as always, WS Baby is looking ahead to the day-after-parade Stuff the Bus Diaper Drive, tomorrow 10 am-2 pm outside HomeStreet Bank (WSB sponsor) at 41st/Alaska (with other dropoff locations). Next – the new Southside Revolution Junior Roller Derby Team:

Toward the start of the parade, the Vancouver (BC) Motorcycle Drill Team, which doesn’t perform in any other Seattle-area parades.

A parade surprise from the Seafair Pirates – they had a cannon, but no warning siren because no Moby Duck.

Someone hollered, “Where’s the boat?” One pirate replied, “In drydock – as of about 10 o’clock last night.” More parade stories to come with lots of photos and video … congratulations to organizers and participants for another great time..

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West Seattle Grand Parade 2014 previews: Hours away! http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/west-seattle-grand-parade-2014-previews-12-hours-away/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/west-seattle-grand-parade-2014-previews-12-hours-away/#comments Sat, 19 Jul 2014 05:26:43 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=279807 On the eve of the West Seattle Grand Parade (Saturday morning from California/Lander south to California/Edmunds, 10:30 am motorcycle drill teams’ start, 11 am full parade, preceded by the Float Dodger 5K at 9:30):

A NIGHT FOR PARADE PREPS: Potter Construction (WSB sponsor) shared the photo above as they worked on their entry in tomorrow’s parade. Potter is a parade sponsor, as are we (though we’ll be on the sidelines covering it).

ORVILLE RUMMEL WINNER FILL-IN: The parade-presenting Rotary Club of West Seattle says that Orville Rummel Trophy for Outstanding Community Service winner Earl Cruzen is too sick to ride in the parade, so his wife Adah Cruzen will be filling in, riding in a 1957 Cadillac convertible that’ll be the second car in the parade. Earl will be honored one more way – a proclamation from King County Executive Dow Constantine that Saturday will be Earl Cruzen Day in the county (click image to see full-size PDF):

As the proclamation notes, Earl Cruzen received a similar city honor in 2008.

TRAFFIC NOTES: We are asked every year, how early will the Float Dodger 5K/Parade route be closed on California? The true answer is, it varies, but don’t push it. Parade co-coordinator Jim Edwards says the Admiral to Hanford section of California closes when the first float shows up – could be as early as 7:30. From Hanford south to Edmunds, that closes when SPD enforcement assistance shows up, likely around 9 am. Side-street parking on 42nd, 44th, and 45th will have restrictions starting early in the morning. And as Jim warns, “Stay away from Walnut and Lander” because not only is it close to the parade staging zone, that side of Hiawatha Community Center will have loading under way for the Mediterranean Fantasy Festival.

PARADE OVERVIEW: More than 75 entries, with hundreds of people when you count the drill teams, community/school/church groups, etc. They include Seattle summertime-parade season’s most popular and award-winning entries such as the Chinese Community Girls’ Drill Team, All-City Band, and Seafair Pirates, as well as floats including West Seattle Hi-Yu and Marysville Strawberry Festival. New entries we haven’t mentioned yet include the Southside Revolution Junior Roller Derby, which is still recruiting for its debut season.

(2013 WSB photo)
And late additions include Tracy Dart and her cancer-fighting Team Tracy (above), sponsored by Alki Party Treasures (WSB sponsor).

Go stake out a spot and have fun – and remember, the Kiddie Parade welcomes all kids, gathering at California/Genesee around 10:30 and heading south from there at 11, ahead of the rest of the parade. We’ll have traffic/bus-reroute reminders in our first morning preview, and parade coverage as it happens.

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West Seattle Grand Parade 2014 countdown: 36 hours away! http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/west-seattle-grand-parade-2014-countdown-36-hours-away/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/west-seattle-grand-parade-2014-countdown-36-hours-away/#comments Fri, 18 Jul 2014 05:47:24 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=279723 Saturday’s getting closer! The West Seattle Grand Parade runs from California/Lander southbound to California/Edmunds starting ~10:30 am Saturday (motorcycle drill teams, then the official parade start is at 11 am). We’re continuing the countdown with more parade-preview tidbits:

(Pathfinder K-8 Unicycle Team in 2012 West Seattle Grand Parade)
SCHOOLS YOU’LL SEE: This year they include Pathfinder K-8 (represented by the Unicycle Team), Seattle Lutheran High School (represented by the Robotics Team), Explorer West Middle School (WSB sponsor). Two more schools are in the next preview category:

MARCHING BANDS: You’ll see three in Saturday’s parade – All-City Band (directed by West Seattle’s own Marcus Pimpleton, Sealth/Denny music director), Kennedy Catholic High School, and, from Pierce County, Sumner High School.

MARCH WITH YOUR NEIGHBORS: Last night, we mentioned the West Seattle Neighborhood Councils group that will be walking in the parade for the first time; Cindi Barker from Morgan Community Association offered in this comment to connect you with your nearest community group if you’d like to be part of it. (We can attest to how much fun it is to walk the parade route – even if you just try it once and then go back to being a spectator.)

CHEER FOR THE HAMS: The West Seattle Amateur Radio Club – recently featured here on Field Day – will be in the parade; you might not be aware that ham-radio operators assist with logistics and communication along the parade route. So cheer them when you see them!

NEW PLACE TO WATCH: Even if you always watch from the same spot – take note, every year there’s something new happening along the route. At today’s West Seattle Chamber of Commerce lunch meeting, Laura Schneider of Meeples Games – which just opened this spring at California/Charlestown – reminded those in attendance that her second-floor business has a deck, and sells food and drink, so it just might be a fun place to watch – or, if you’re in that area, at least to get refreshments.

SPEAKING OF CALIFORNIA/CHARLESTOWN: The northwest corner also is home to West Seattle Runner (WSB sponsor), presenter of the Float Dodger 5K pre-parade run, which will start from that intersection just after 9:30 am. If you’re not signed up yet, online registration is closed but last-minute signups start Saturday morning at 8.

MORE PARADE PREVIEWS TOMORROW … including full details on road-closure times, etc. – so if there’s anything you want to let people know in advance about YOUR parade entry/business along the route/etc., please send us a note ASAP … editor@westseattleblog.com. Thanks!

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West Seattle Grand Parade countdown: More of who you’ll see http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/west-seattle-grand-parade-countdown-more-of-who-youll-see/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/west-seattle-grand-parade-countdown-more-of-who-youll-see/#comments Thu, 17 Jul 2014 05:18:44 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=279623

(WSB file photo: West Seattle Grand Parade spectators)
Continuing our countdown to Saturday’s West Seattle Grand Parade, presented by the Rotary Club of West Seattle – a few more notes:

NEIGHBORHOODS ON THE MARCH: For the first time we can remember, an organized group of reps from community councils will be marching in the parade. At tonight’s Morgan Community Association meeting, MoCA’s Cindi Barker showed off the bright safety-yellow/green T-shirts at least some of them will be wearing, so you can’t miss them.

(WSB file photo: VPD motorcycle drill team)
REMEMBER, THE MOTORCYCLES START EARLY: While the official parade start time is 11 am at California/Lander, the motorcycle drill teams – Seattle Police and then Vancouver (BC) Police – launch up to half an hour earlier, so stake out your parade-route spot in plenty of time.

NEW THIS YEAR: ‘VEGAS’ MOST WANTED’ DRILL TEAM: Among the parade entries making their debut, a drill team/drum squad called Vegas’ Most Wanted. (As far as we can tell, they really are from Las Vegas!)

MAYOR JOINING THE PARADE: Last year, he walked with the 34th District Democrats as a candidate; this year, former West Seattleite Ed Murray will be in the Grand Parade as mayor.

If you missed our previous reports – retired Col. Bruce Crandall, Medal of Honor recipient, is this year’s Grand Marshal; Earl Cruzen, longtime community advocate/volunteer, is the Orville Rummel Trophy recipient; and West Seattle-residing personality Marty Riemer will emcee the parade for the first time – to hear him, stake out a spot near California/Alaska.

That’s also a good place to watch the Kiddie Parade, which starts from California/Genesee at 11 am while the southern part of the parade zone is awaiting everything else. And the Float Dodger 5K run kicks off the entire morning, leaving California/Charlestown at about 9:30. The countdown continues tomorrow …

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West Seattle Grand Parade countdown: 3 convertibles needed! http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/west-seattle-grand-parade-countdown-3-convertibles-needed/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/west-seattle-grand-parade-countdown-3-convertibles-needed/#comments Tue, 15 Jul 2014 18:40:36 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=279460

(WSB photo from staging zone of 2010 Grand Parade)
We’re continuing to count down to the West Seattle Grand Parade this Saturday, 11 am, California/Lander southward to California/Edmunds. This morning – a request for convertibles! Keith Hughes, parade chair for the Rotary Club of West Seattle, says three convertibles/open vehicles are needed – for Grand Marshal Col. Bruce Crandall, for Orville Rummel Trophy winner Earl Cruzen, and for the Rotary’s new District Governor, West Seattleite John Enger. Classic convertibles would be awesome, but any would be welcome. If you can help, please contact Keith ASAP – keith@westseattlenaturalenergy.com or 206-941-6654.

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West Seattle Grand Parade countdown: Earl Cruzen to receive Orville Rummel Award; Marty Riemer to announce http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/west-seattle-grand-parade-countdown-earl-cruzen-to-receive-orville-rummel-award-marty-riemer-to-announce/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/west-seattle-grand-parade-countdown-earl-cruzen-to-receive-orville-rummel-award-marty-riemer-to-announce/#comments Tue, 15 Jul 2014 04:08:54 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=279430

The West Seattle Grand Parade is just five days away – this Saturday, from California/Lander in The Admiral District to California/Edmunds in The Junction. 11 am is the official starting time, but the motorcycle drill teams - Seattle Police and Vancouver (BC) Police will both be back – start a bit earlier, so make sure you’ve staked out your spot by 10:30 am. And at California/Genesee, the Kiddie Parade starts at 10 am – all kids welcome to join.

For years, the Kiddie Parade has been presented by the Rotary Club of West Seattle, and starting this year, the Rotary is presenting the entire Grand Parade, taking over from longtime parade presenter American Legion Post 160. But Post 160 headquarters – now home to Pershing Hall and the West Seattle Veterans’ Center – is still where parade-coordination-team members Jim Edwards, Dave Vague, Doreen Vague, and Michelle Edwards met tonight to draft the parade running order. Two bits of news we wanted to share:

(2009 WSB photo)
*Earl Cruzen, whose decades of community service include shepherding the Murals of West Seattle and Walking on Logs into existence, will be honored with the Orville Rummel Trophy for Outstanding Service to the Community, named after the man who was Post 160 Commander when the parade began. We’ll take a closer look at his community service in a separate story later this week.

*Marty Riemer, one of West Seattle’s most famous voices, will be heard at California/Alaska, announcing the parade entries. Marty’s current endeavors include a weekly podcast/webcast and the Tech Timeout Academic Challenge.

Stay tuned for more parade news as we count down all week – and then be there to stake out your spot somewhere along the route Saturday morning; the parade will be preceded by the third annual Float Dodger 5K (still time to sign up if you want to be part of that, pre-parade).

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West Seattle Grand Parade 2014: Medal of Honor recipient Col. (ret.) Bruce Crandall announced as Grand Marshal http://westseattleblog.com/2014/06/west-seattle-grand-parade-2014-medal-of-honor-winner-col-ret-bruce-crandall-announced-as-grand-marshal/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/06/west-seattle-grand-parade-2014-medal-of-honor-winner-col-ret-bruce-crandall-announced-as-grand-marshal/#comments Mon, 30 Jun 2014 02:38:38 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=277875 The Rotary Club of West Seattle, which this year for the first time is presenting the West Seattle Grand Parade, has announced this year’s Grand Marshal:

Medal of Honor recipient Col. Bruce Crandall (retired) will be the Grand Marshal of the 82nd annual West Seattle Grand Parade on July 19, 2014. Crandall was born in Olympia and resides in Kitsap County; his son, Steve, lives in West Seattle.

Crandall is a Master Army Aviator, qualified in both fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters, and a veteran of 900 combat missions in Vietnam. In addition to the Medal of Honor, he is also the recipient of the Purple Heart, Bronze Star, Distinguished Flying Cross with one oak leaf cluster and many other awards. In 2004 he was inducted into the Army Aviation Hall of Fame.

In a battle in November, 1965, Crandall, flying a series of three unarmed helicopters through the day and into the night, supplied a surrounded force of 450 US soldiers and evacuated 70 wounded. The battle is depicted in the Mel Gibson film “We Were Soldiers,” where Crandall is portrayed by actor Greg Kinnear.

In January, 1966, in the dark and under intense enemy fire, Crandall twice dropped his helicopter through dense jungle canopy to evacuate 12 wounded solders.

In January, 1968, his helicopter was shot down during another rescue attempt, and Crandall was hospitalized for five months with serious injuries.

Crandall is active in the Medal of Honor Character Development Program, a middle school and high school curriculum designed to build character and promote responsible citizenship.

He travels the country addressing school assemblies about developing a moral compass and having the courage to do the right thing even when it is not popular.

The West Seattle Grand Parade is sponsored by the Rotary Club of West Seattle.

The medal was presented to Col. Crandall by President Bush in 2007; he retired from the Army with the rank of Lt. Col. but was promoted to Colonel (retired) in 2010.

The parade on Saturday, July 19th, will travel down California SW from The Admiral District to The Junction, usually starting around 11 am. More details as we count down to this year’s parade in the almost-three-weeks ahead!

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Rotary Club of West Seattle taking over WS Grand Parade http://westseattleblog.com/2014/04/rotary-club-of-west-seattle-taking-over-ws-grand-parade/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/04/rotary-club-of-west-seattle-taking-over-ws-grand-parade/#comments Tue, 01 Apr 2014 23:56:20 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=269321

(WSB file photo)
Big announcement at today’s Rotary Club of West Seattle breakfast event – the summertime Grand Parade will be presented by the Rotary starting with this year’s July 19th parade, picking up the baton from American Legion Post 160.

Josh Sutton – at right in our photo above, with incoming president Shane Carew – introduced Legion reps as well as longtime parade coordinators Jim Edwards and Dave Vague, who will continue in their roles. Sutton said he was pleased to announce that the Rotary was stepping up as the Legion was stepping back; he said the parade is a vital part of the community, and that the Rotary has big shoes to fill. At left in our photo is Josh Menashe of Menashe and Sons Jewelers (WSB sponsor), which is donating $1,000 to help with parade costs. He said the parade has always been part of his life, and he’s been going to it since childhood, so his family is pleased to be able to help with an event that is so central to the community. Sutton said the Rotary Kiddie Parade that traditionally precedes the main parade will continue too …

(WSB photo from 2012 Rotary Kiddie Parade)
… as will the Float Dodger 5K, the new Rotary-co-sponsored event that is going into its third year this parade season. More later on the Rotary breakfast itself, which featured a Medal of Honor winner as special guest; meantime, ahead, the official Rotary news release we received while finishing up this story:

The Rotary Club of West Seattle is proud to announce it has taken over stewardship of the West Seattle Parade. The West Seattle American Legion Post 160 has produced the West Seattle Parade for 80 years. Last year they approached West Seattle Rotary asking them if they would consider taking over the event. As many of you know the Legion Post has undergone many changes over the past few months. The Post has stepped into a mission of providing more support to our returning and existing veterans.

After months of discussion between the Legion, Rotary, and the parade coordinators (who are not legion members) a memorandum of understanding was drafted amongst all parties and presented to West Seattle Rotary for final approval.

On March 19th the plan was approved. The West Seattle Rotary Club’s West Seattle Parade is scheduled for Saturday, July 19 at 11:00 AM.

Parade planning has been underway for a couple months. Jim Edwards and Dave Vague will continue in their capacities as parade coordinators. In addition to the Grand Parade, the Rotary Club will continue in its sponsorship of the Kids’ parade that precedes the main event. Also on the parade route that morning will be the 3rd annual Float Dodger 5k.

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WestSide Baby ‘Stuff the Bus’ diaper drive: Today’s the day http://westseattleblog.com/2013/07/westside-baby-stuff-the-bus-diaper-drive-todays-the-day/ http://westseattleblog.com/2013/07/westside-baby-stuff-the-bus-diaper-drive-todays-the-day/#comments Sun, 21 Jul 2013 12:23:26 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=158746

They marched and rolled and chanted in the West Seattle Grand Parade on Saturday; today, it’s your turn to take action – to answer WestSide Baby‘s call to “Stuff the Bus” in their biggest diaper drive of the year on behalf of thousands of King County babies and toddlers in need. It’s a really simple action to take, too; buy diapers and bring them to either the major West Seattle dropoff spot, the one where you’ll find the big yellow bus 10 am-2 pm, in the parking lot of AmericanWest Bank on the northeast corner of 40th/Alaska, or to one of these grocery stores where you’ll find WS Baby volunteers those same hours:

*West Seattle QFC on SW Alaska St & 42nd Ave SW (Alaska Junction)
*West Seattle Safeway on SW Admiral Way & California Ave SW (Admiral Junction)
*West Seattle Safeway on SW Alaska St & 42nd Ave SW (Jefferson Square)
*White Center Safeway on SW Roxbury St & 28th Ave SW

Sizes 4, 5, and 6 are most needed, according to WS Baby’s website. Speaking of which: If you can’t bring a donation of diapers anywhere in person today – you can donate money online and WS Baby will buy the diapers. “Help us help more kids than ever before,” is their request – as you’ll see in this WS Baby-provided video, also featuring their parade appearance:

So whatever you’re doing at midday today, detour for a few minutes for a gift to help our littlest local neighbors.

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West Seattle Grand Parade 2013, report #4: The people http://westseattleblog.com/2013/07/west-seattle-grand-parade-2013-report-4-the-people/ http://westseattleblog.com/2013/07/west-seattle-grand-parade-2013-report-4-the-people/#comments Sun, 21 Jul 2013 04:40:29 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=158714

Yet more highlights from today’s West Seattle Grand Parade. Big cheers for the first-time appearance by a group for whom the parade route was like a walk in the park – Team Tracy, the breast-cancer-fighting 3-Day Walk team led by survivor and superstar fundraiser Tracy Dart. Some walkers sported bras they had decorated at a parade-prep party earlier in the week; the group was accompanied by a motorcycle:

Elsewhere on 2 wheels, Sustainable West Seattle and West Seattle Bike Connections were among the sustainable-transportation advocates who rallied young bicyclists for the first “Kidical Mass” parade ride:

1-wheelers represented, too- the Pathfinder K-8 unicyclists:

Back on 4 wheels, the West Seattle Lions Club had a multiple-vehicle presence, with the lead vehicle, if you look closely, sporting a sign noting that parade day was recently retired service-station proprietor Dick Barnecut‘s birthday (87!):

Some of the most-memorable people were cheering on the sidelines:

At California/Alaska, current West Seattle Hi-Yu royalty cheered past royalty who are competing in the Miss Seafair program this year – Kayli Schulz, representing Hi-Yu, and Victoria Ferrulli, representing the Admiral Neighborhood Association:

Speaking of competing – there were of course politicians – in alphabetical order, we start with King County Executive Dow Constantine, running for re-election but with no opponent actually campaigning:

Running for Seattle mayor, four candidates were in or at the parade – here’s City Councilmember Bruce Harrell:

Incumbent Mayor Mike McGinn wasn’t “in” the parade but was sighted on the sidelines – we didn’t see him but his Twitter account included photos:

State Senator Ed Murray started out marching with the 34th District Democrats and had broken out by the parade’s final section:

And former City Councilmember Peter Steinbrueck campaigned his way down California (we heard him asking spectators “Are you undecided?”):

We should also note that current Councilmembers Richard Conlin and Sally Bagshaw, running for re-election, were here too, as were local legislators accompanying with the 34th.

Our other Grand Parade coverage for this year, and past years, is archived here.

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Seen in the 2013 West Seattle Rotary Kiddie Parade http://westseattleblog.com/2013/07/seen-in-the-2013-west-seattle-rotary-kiddie-parade/ http://westseattleblog.com/2013/07/seen-in-the-2013-west-seattle-rotary-kiddie-parade/#comments Sun, 21 Jul 2013 02:12:48 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=158649

(WSB photos by Katie Meyer)
Every year before the West Seattle Grand Parade, kids get a parade of their own courtesy of the Rotary Club of West Seattle, the Rotary Kiddie Parade. Above, the Junior All-City Band (which trailed the rest of the paraders by a bit today); below, Charlotte led the main group:

Some paraded in costume:

Some in mini-vehicles, too:

Rotarians provided balloons for kids who signed up:

And the Kiddie Parade even drew “royalty”:

This parade travels a shorter route than the Grand Parade – down California from the north end of The Junction (SW Genesee) to the south end (SW Edmunds).

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