David Rosen
The West Seattle Hy-Yu float was a hit during the West Seattle Rotary Club sponsored Grand Parade on July 19. 75 entries traveled from the Admiral District south along the California Ave. SW parade route.

SLIDESHOW: Jam packed Saturday of parades, and summer fun in West Seattle and White Center

If you could pack more events into one day it would be a challenge. July 19 had a lot going on in West Seattle and White Center with parades, festivals, and fairs all part of the day.

The day got underway with a visit by the Seafair Pirates to Emeritus Senior Living at Admiral Heights where they were joined by Hi-Yu Royalty plus a visit from the royal court of the Marysville Strawberry Festival. That stop for the Pirates was only the first of five with an appearance in the West Seattle Grand Parade and stops at four other senior homes in the area on their schedule.

Next up the Float Dodger 5K run was fast with Joel Ambo finishing first with a time of 15:52 followed by Brett Winegar coming in at 16:32 then Michael Engelbert at 17:37. Finishing fourth but first for the ladies was Kristi Houk with a time of 18:22. Oscar Oviedo finished fifth with a time of 18:34.

At 11am both the West Seattle Rotary Club kiddie parade with nearly 40 entries rolled south to the junction from just north of it full of costumes, wagons and balloons, and the West Seattle Grand Parade with 75 entries headed down California Avenue from the Admiral District.

Even as those parades were starting the preparations were underway for the Mediterranean Fun Fest at Hiawatha Park and on the opposite side of the building the Kids Fun Fest was getting underway.

Meanwhile the first of the two day Alki Art Fair on the Alki Beach Promenade was beginning too with dozens of booths, three music stages and more.

Over in White Center the Street Fair was set up and running and the White Center Jubilee Days Parade was rolling through the afternoon. The Show and Shine Car show was happening too as music on two stages was playing into the evening.

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