Patrick Robinson
Hi Yu Junior Court Queen Thea and Hi Yu Queen Kayli were practicing their best parade waves last week atop the Hi Yu float that will be seen in the West Seattle Grand Parade beginning at 11 am Saturday July 21.

West Seattle Grand Parade Preview; 90 entries with fewer floats, more drill teams and bands

It's going to be a busy Saturday, July 21 in West Seattle with the West Seattle Grand Parade as the highlight.

One of the parade organizers Dave Vague spoke to the Herald about this year's event.

"We will have 90 entries this year, about 12 more than last year. This year the differences are we are short on floats with just the Hi Yu and Marysville float but we made up for it with bands and drill teams. If you count Junior and Senior we've got about 16 drill teams and eight bands including Blue Thunder (the Seahawks drum centric band). To start us out typically we have the SPD motorcycle drill team, followed by the Vancouver Police Drill Team but this year our Seattle Police Pipe and Drum band went to Boston so they will follow the police this year."

The main parade starts at 11 am from Lander Street in the Admiral District but the SPD Drill team drill master Officer John Bernasconi, is retiring this year. They chose the West Seattle Parade for the retirement ceremony. They will start at 10:30am and get up to Charlestown Street and as he retires his motorcycle goes off the route and the new rider's motorcycle goes on the route.

"It's going to be crowded up there because it's also where we are starting the Float Dodger Run at 9:45am. It goes from Charlestown north, to Lander and then it turns and goes south to Edmunds, and comes back and finishes at West Seattle High School." They expect up to 3000 people for that event.

You can expect the Seafair Pirates and clowns that are always here too.

The parade Grand Marshal is Nancy Woodland of WestSide Baby who is urging everyone to bring disposable diapers to the parade to donate. That organization's Stuff The Bus effort is also happening on Sunday, July 22 from 10:00am to 2:00pm at American West Bank at 4022 SW Alaska Street just east of the West Seattle Junction.

The West Seattle Rotary Club Kiddie Parade starts at 11:00 am too but from Oregon Street proceeding south to Edmunds Street.

Also happening on Saturday and Sunday at the Hiawatha Community Center is the annual Mediterranean Festival that runs all weekend.

Here's the list of all the entries, or if you prefer you can download and print the file from the link above.

2012 West Seattle American Legion Grand Parade
9:45 Float Dodger 5K Run starts from Charlestown St
10:30 Seattle Police Motorcycle Drill Team Leaves SW Lander
11:00 Grand Parade starts at SW Lander
11:00 Kiddies Parade Starts at SW Gennessee

  • American Legion Parade Banner Sponsor
  • International Parking Management - Sponsor
  • Sound Ad Group - Sponsor
  • YMCA of Greater Seattle - WSY - Sponsor
  • American Legion Commander VIP
  • Ft. Lewis Honor Guard VIP
  • Grand Marshall - Nancy Woodland - Westside Baby VIP
  • Miss Seafair 2011-12 and the 2012 Seafair Princesses VIP
  • Orville Rummel Winner - Shirley Vradenburgh VIP
  • Seattle Seafair Commodores VIP
  • VFW Commander Post 2713 - Farwell Roosevelt VIP
  • West Seattle Hi-Yu Button Maker VIP
  • Seattle Police Motorcycle Drill Team Motorcycle
  • Vancouver Police Motorcycle Drill Team Motorcycle
  • Blue Thunder Band Marching Band
  • Kennedy Catholic High School Marching Band Marching Band
  • Pacific Northwest Drumline Marching Band
  • Seattle Police Pipe & Drum and Boston Police Pipe & Drum
  • Bands Marching Band
  • Seattle Schools All-City Marching Band Marching Band
  • Sumner High School Marching Band Marching Band
  • Fathoms o' Fun, Port Orchard Cars - Royalty
  • 1942 American LaFrance Fire Truck Cars & Antique Cars
  • 1967 Kaiser Jeep Army Truck Cars & Antique Cars
  • Art & Gloria Peters - Veterans WWII & Korea Cars & Antique Cars
  • Last Resort Fire Department Cars & Antique Cars
  • Pacific Northwest DeLorean Club Cars & Antique Cars
  • Seattle Fire Department Engine 29 Cars & Antique Cars
  • Seattle Lutheran Schools Cars & Antique Cars
  • West Seattle Eagles #2643 Cars & Antique Cars
  • West Seattle Lions Club Cars & Antique Cars
  • Keystone Kops Clowns/Comics
  • Seattle Seafair Clowns Clowns/Comics
  • West Seattle Clown Club Clowns/Comics
  • West Seattle Shrine Club Clowns/Comics
  • Hotwire Coffee Commercial - Motorized
  • Luna Park Café Commercial - Motorized
  • PCC Natural Markets Commercial - Motorized
  • Ronald McDonald Commercial - Motorized
  • Seattle Public Utilities Commercial - Motorized
  • West Coast Entertainment Commercial - Motorized
  • Admiral District, the Commercial - Non-Motorized
  • Mr. Spud (Alki Spud's Fish & Chips) Commercial - Non-Motorized
  • Puff the Magic Wagon (Keller-Williams) Commercial - Non-Motorized
  • Friend to Friend Volunteers, WS Community - Motorized
  • Hope Lutheran Gospel Outreach Community - Motorized
  • King County Metro Transit - Rapid Ride Community - Motorized
  • Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish & School Community - Motorized
  • Senior Center of West Seattle Community - Motorized
  • Skate Church Community - Motorized
  • Tibbetts United Methodist Church Community - Motorized
  • West Seattle Amatuer Radio Operators Community - Motorized
  • West Seattle Food Bank Community - Motorized
  • West Seattle Yacht Club Community - Motorized
  • Westside Baby Community - Motorized
  • Westside School Community - Motorized
  • Explorer Middle School Community - Non-Motorized
  • Little Gym of West Seattle, The Community - Non-Motorized
  • South Seattle Comm College Coop Preschools Community - Non-Motorized
  • Sustainable West Seattle Community - Non-Motorized
  • Sweet Pea Cottage Community - Non-Motorized
  • West Seattle Emergency Communications Hubs and West
  • Seattle Block Watch Captains Network Community - Non-Motorized
  • Baby Dolls Drill Team Drill Teams - Jr & Cheer Squads
  • Burien Eagles Jr. Drill Team Drill Teams - Jr & Cheer Squads
  • Daughters of Royalty Drill Team Drill Teams - Jr & Cheer Squads
  • Electornettes Butterflys Drill Team Drill Teams - Jr & Cheer Squads
  • Northside Drill Team & Drum Squad Jr. Drill Teams - Jr & Cheer Squads
  • Sweet Mahogany Drill Team Drill Teams - Jr & Cheer Squads
  • The Diva Upgrades Drill Team Drill Teams - Jr & Cheer Squads
  • Washington Diamonds Drill Team Drill Teams - Jr & Cheer Squads
  • Electornettes High Steppers Drill Team & Drum Drill Teams - Sr
  • Lady Dangerettes Drill Teams - Sr
  • Northside Drill Team & Drum Squad Sr. Drill Teams - Sr
  • Seattle Chinese Community Girls Drill Team Drill Teams - Sr
  • Seattle City Light, Your Drill Teams - Sr
  • Super Steppers Marching Team Drill Teams - Sr
  • The Dolls Drill Team Drill Teams - Sr
  • Marysville Strawberry Festival /Maryfest Inc. Float - Community
  • West Seattle Hi-Yu Float Float - Community
  • Cub Scout Pack 793 Float - Conveyed
  • Holy Rosary Parish & School Float - Conveyed
  • Evergreen Tang Soo Do Academy Performing Act
  • Joyas Mestizas - Seattle Mexican Folk Dance Youth Performing Act
  • Lake City Vigilantes Performing Act
  • Pathfinder K-8 School - Unicycle Team Performing Act
  • Seafair Pirates Performing Act
  • 34th District Democrats Politician
  • Bill Finkbeiner for Lieutenant Governor Politician
  • Jay Inslee for Washington Politician
  • Watkins for State Auditor Politician

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