NEXT SATURDAY: Float Dodger 5K and West Seattle Grand Parade return

Now that West Seattle Summer Fest has wrapped up, time to start counting down to two big in-the-street events next Saturday (July 23rd) – the Float Dodger 5K and West Seattle Grand Parade. Both happen on California SW, from The Admiral District to The Junction (and back, for Float Dodger).

(WSB photo, 2019 Float Dodger 5K, organizers Lori McConnell & Tim McConnell at left)

The 5K is coordinated by West Seattle Runner (WSB sponsor) and starts on the field at Hiawatha (2700 California SW) with a free Kids’ Dash at 9:15 am 8:45 am preceding the run/walk at 9:30 am. Runners head out onto California SW, run/walk down the parade route to The Junction, turn around and head back. You can register online until Thursday – do it here!

(2017 West Seattle Grand Parade WSB photo, All-City Band)

The West Seattle Grand Parade follows at 11 am, also starting in the 2700 block of California and heading south to The Junction (California/Edmunds). The parade is presented by the West Seattle Rotary Service Foundation. Parade chair Keith Hughes says more than 60 entrants are confirmed so far – including longtime favorites including the All-City Band plus classic cars, antique fire trucks, community organizations. Two announcing stations this year – California/Charlestown as well as California/Alaska. It all starts rolling southbound on California at 11 am Saturday, so grab your spot on the curb and cheer the parade’s return. More previews to come as the week goes on!

11 Replies to "NEXT SATURDAY: Float Dodger 5K and West Seattle Grand Parade return"

  • oerthehill July 17, 2022 (6:21 pm)

    West Seattle Runner rocks! And saves this family’s feet!

    • Carson July 17, 2022 (7:21 pm)

      Ditto. True assets to our community 

  • Flivver July 17, 2022 (8:43 pm)

    WSB. In past years the classic cars have gone down to the beach and parked on the promenade west of the bathhouse after the parade. Do you know if they’re doing so this year?? 

    • WSB July 17, 2022 (11:00 pm)

      Nothing organized that we’ve heard of. I’ll know more by this time tomorrow but “classic cars” could simply mean the ones that service clubs usually bring.

  • WSJoy July 18, 2022 (10:11 am)

    The Float Dodger website indicates the Kids Dash will start at 8:45am, not 9:15.

  • PuppiesPlease July 18, 2022 (11:12 am)

    Is the PAWrade also happening this weekend?

    • WSB July 18, 2022 (11:26 am)

      I have to verify but as far as I know, that’s not happening this year.

      • Michelle July 18, 2022 (1:50 pm)

        WSB is correct, the PawParade will not be happening this summer as we work through this transition year of events. 

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