David Rosen
The Hi-Yu float 'Alki Deep' was ridden by royalty as it made its way south on California Ave during the West Seattle Grand Parade on July 20.

SLIDESHOW: West Seattle Grand Parade was fun as usual

With the usual gang of Seattle Seafair Pirates, Seattle Seafair Clowns, Lake City Vigallantes, and the Keystone Kops, the West Seattle Grand Parade on July 20 also featured the music of the Seattle Schools All-City Marching Band, Kennedy High School Marching Band and the Calgary Stampede Marching Band.

The Parade Grand Marshall was 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 for years 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 raised many thousands of dollars for the Y's scholarship program, which allowed low-income children in West Seattle to learn to swim.

This year's parade was a bit lighter in attendance, possibly due to so many other events happening on Saturday around the area but the crowd was enthusiastic. The Rotary Club Kiddies parade was also very lightly attended for 2013.

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