West Seattle Grand Parade will roll July 20; Details released

Ann Adkins named as Grand Marshall

The West Seattle Grand Parade will be held on Saturday, July 20 starting at 11:00 AM. It will be preceeded by the 2nd annual Float Dodger 5K run, and the Kiddies Parade. The West Seattle Grand Parade's sponsors this year are the West Seattle American Legion Post 160, the West Seattle Y, and Sound Ad Group.

Along with the usual pagentry of local courts from throughout Puget Sound, and the antics of the Seattle Seafair Pirates, Seattle Seafair Clowns, Lake City Vigallantes, and the Keystone Kops, we also have our great bands of the Seattle Schools All-City Marching Band, Kennedy High School Marching Band and the Calgary Stampede Marching Band.

Parade Grand Marshall will be Ann Adkins. Ann is retiring from the West Seattle YMCA's swim program after 40 years of teaching thousand of kids to swim. She also spent countless hours as a lifeguard, taught CPR, First Aid and Lifeguarding classes to hundreds of staff members. She encouraged decades of seniors to stay fit in the Arthritis Water X class and coordinated the schedules of dozens of staff every six weeks for swim lessons. In her spare time she has raised many thousands of dollars for the Y's scholarship program, which allowed low-income children in West Seattle to learn to swim.

Orville Rummel Award for Community Service will be Judy Pikens, for her stewardship and restoration efforts of the Fauntleroy Creek Salmon among other community activities.

The awards will be given out on Tuesday, July 16 during the Concert in the Park at Hiawatha Playfield.

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