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Greenwood Seafair Parade winners

July 25th, 2014 by Doree

Here are the trophy winners of Wednesday’s 2014 Greenwood Seafair Parade.

Band
1st Place – Pacific Norwest (PNW) Drumline
2nd Place – Kennedy Catholic High School Marching Band
3rd Place – Salvation Army, Seattle Temple Corps Band

Comic/Novelty
1st Place – Seattle Seafair Pirates
2nd Place – Seattle Seafair Clowns
3rd Place – Quality Food Center (QFC)

Float
1st Place – West Seattle Hi-Yu
2nd Place – Seattle Seafair Commodores
3rd Place – KUBE 93 FM

Drill Team Jr. Dance
1st Place — Washington Diamonds Drill Team
2nd Place – Diva Upgrades
3rd Place – Princess’s of Elegance Drill Team

Drill Team Sr. Dance
1st Place – Dolls & Gents Drill Team/Drumline
2nd Place – Northside Sr. Drill Team
3rd Place – Lady’s of Elegance Drill Team and Drumline

Wheeled
1st Place – Seattle Time Machine
2nd Place – Greenwood Christian Church Garbage Can Corp
3rd Place – Greenwood Knights Car Club

Drill Team Jr. Precision
1st Place – Highlanders Drill Team B
2nd Place – Lil Senoritas Drill Team

Drill Team Sr. Precision
1st Place — Highlanders Drill Team A
2nd Place – Ballard Eagles Drill Team
3rd Place – North Queens Drill Team

Very Important Kids –Comic/Novelty

1st Place – Christ the King Catholic School
2nd Place – Greenwood Elementary School
3rd Place – Phinney Neighborhood Preschool Co-op

Very Important Kids — Drill Teams
1st Place – Washington Karate Association

Very Important Kids — Wheeled
1st Place – Whittier Wildcats Unicycle Arts
2nd Place – Girl Scout Troop #44487
3rd Place – Cub Scout Pack 321

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‘SEA-HAWKS!’ and more at the Greenwood Seafair Parade

July 23rd, 2014 by Dale

The rain held off, but so did much of the usual crowds, making it easier for those who did go to get front-row seats at the “Touchdown Greenwood” themed Greenwood Seafair Parade.

The chant, “SEA-HAWKS! SEA-HAWKS!” rippled through the small, but enthusiastic audience, as Blitz, the parade grand marshal, rode by near the head of the parade.

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“Are they real princesses?” one young girl asked her mother as the waving Seafair princesses went by:

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Tara Academy students stepped out:

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The new Mayor, Ed Murray, put in an appearance in the old mayor’s ‘hood:

Mayor Ed Murray

The Electronettes drill team give an athletic performance:

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The Seafair Pirates came with the traditional cannon. Many people got ready for one blast…

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…and tried to capture the next one:

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While the booming cannon made plenty of people jump, perhaps the most surprising guest was the double rainbow that arched over the parade. Here’s a shot of the brightest one. If you have a better shot – or any other great shots of the parade- please send it to us at tips@phinneywood.com.

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Greenwood Seafair Parade is tonight, rain or shine!

July 23rd, 2014 by Doree

Just a reminder that the 64th annual Greenwood Seafair Parade will close streets in downtown Greenwood tonight for the oldest Seafair-sanctioned parade. Thousands of people will line Greenwood Avenue and 85th Street. The parade begins at 6 p.m. at North 95th Street and Greenwood Avenue North, heads south to 85th Street, then west to 6th Avenue NW. The parade should end around 8:30 p.m.

Greenwood Avenue will be closed for several blocks north of 95th Street as parade entrants line up.

Parade organizer Ann Woodward says the parade will happen rain or shine. (The only reason to cancel would be lightning strikes.)

The parade theme is “Touchdown Greenwood,” and the grand marshal is Blitz, the Seahawks mascot. Pony rides will be available for $6 starting at 10 a.m. at North 92nd Street and Greenwood Avenue North.

Email us your favorite pics from the parade and we’ll post them the next day.

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Greenwood Seafair Parade on Wednesday will bring thousands to neighborhood

July 21st, 2014 by Doree

The 64th annual Greenwood Seafair Parade will take over Greenwood this Wednesday evening, July 23. More than 100 parade entries – including marching bands, drill teams, unicyclists, horses, dogs, pirates, community groups and plenty of cute kids – will begin at 6 p.m. at North 95th Street and Greenwood Avenue North, working their way south, then turning right on 85th Street and ending at 6th Avenue NW. The parade should end around 8:30 p.m.

The parade theme is “Touchdown Greenwood,” and the grand marshal is Blitz, the Seahawks mascot. Pony rides will be available for $6 starting at 10 a.m. at North 92nd Street and Greenwood Avenue North.

Thousands of people line the route, with some putting out chairs to reserve their place early that morning. Taproot Theatre’s Stage Door Cafe, at 208 N. 85th St. is offering pre-orders on boxed dinners for $12.95 that come with reserved seating from 3-8 p.m. either inside or out, using your own chairs or theirs. Order forms are inside the café. (If any other business has a similar special, please let us know.)

The Greenwood Seafair Parade is the oldest neighborhood Seafair-sanctioned parade.

(PhinneyWood is a parade sponsor.)

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Greenwood Seafair Parade winners

August 5th, 2013 by Doree

Better late than never, here are the winners in each category of the Greenwood Seafair Parade on July 24.

Very Important Kids – Comic/Novelty:

  1. Christ the King Catholic School
  2. Greenwood Elementary
  3. Monkey Business Preschool

Very Important Kids – Drill Team:

  1. 1st Washington Karate Association

Very Important Kids – Wheeled:

  1. Whittier Wildcats Unicycle Arts
  2. Daniel Bagley Elementary School
  3. Phinney Ridge Lutheran Child Development Center

In the Grand Parade — Band:

  1. Seattle Schools All City Marching Band
  2. Pacific NW Drumline
  3. Calgary Roundup Band (from Canada)

Comic/Novelty:

  1. Piper’s Creek Watershed
  2. Greenwood Christian Church Garbage Can Corp
  3. North Seattle Boys & Girls Club

Float:

  1. Marysville Strawberry Festival
  2. West Seattle Hi-Yu Summer Festival
  3. Seattle Seafair Commodores

Drill Team, Jr. Dance:

  1. Baby Dolls Drill Team
  2. Electronettes “Butterfly” Drill Team
  3. Diva Upgrades

Drill Team, Sr. Dance:

  1. Northside Jr. And Sr. Drill Team
  2. Essential Steppers and Drum Squad
  3. Dolls and Gents Drill Team and Drumline

Wheeled:

  1. Seattle Art Cars
  2. A-1 Piano
  3. KISS 106.1 FM

Drill Team, Jr. Precision:

  1. Highlanders Drill Team B
  2. Lil Senoritas Drill Team

Drill Team, Sr. Precision:

  1. Highlanders Drill Team A
  2. North Queens Drill Team
  3. Shooting Stars Drill Team

Marsha Brunner Sweepstakes Trophy:

Electronettes Drill Team and Drum Squad

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Floats, bands, drill teams and pony rides at the Greenwood Seafair Parade next Wednesday

July 19th, 2013 by Doree

Thousands of people will line the streets of Greenwood on Wednesday, July 24, for the 63rd annual Greenwood Seafair Parade. This year’s theme is “Funny in Greenwood” and features grand marshal Pat Cashman of “Almost Live” and “The 206” fame.

Pony rides are back this year but have moved to the new location of The Hair Company, which recently moved to 9220 Greenwood Ave N. The pony rides will be set up by 10 a.m. to offer rides all day.

The parade runs from 6-8:30 p.m. and features more than 100 entries, including plenty of bands, drill teams, floats, belly dancers, pirates, cute kids on unicycles and more.

The parade route runs south along Greenwood Avenue from North 95th to North 85th streets, then heads west to 6th Avenue Northwest. The Greenwood Seafair Parade is the oldest of the Seafair Sanctioned Community Events Program in the region.

(PhinneyWood is a sponsor of the Greenwood Seafair Parade.)

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Pat Cashman to be grand marshal of 63rd annual Greenwood Seafair Parade

April 9th, 2013 by Doree

Pat Cashman-resizedPat Cashman, former cast member of KING 5’s “Almost Live” and current cast member of “The 206,” will be the grand marshal of the 63rd annual Greenwood Seafair Parade. With the motto “Funny in Greenwood,” the parade runs from 6-8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 24.

“I’m honored to be asked to be Grand Marshal for the annual parade in the greatest neighborhood in Seattle,” Cashman said in a press release. “This will actually be my second time — as I was Grand Marshal several years ago. I thank the community for their kind invitation, wonderful hospitality — and short memory.”

The Greenwood parade is the oldest neighborhood Seafair-sanctioned parade in the region. The route runs south along Greenwood Avenue North from North 95th Street to North 85th Street, and then heads west to 6th Avenue Northwest.

Thousands of people line the route to see the more than 100 entrants, including bands, drill teams, horses, dogs, floats, pirates and plenty of cute kids.

(PhinneyWood is a sponsor of the Greenwood Seafair Parade.)

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Gorgeous night for annual Greenwood Seafair Parade

July 26th, 2012 by Doree

Last night’s annual Greenwood Seafair Parade drew more than 100 entries and thousands of onlookers. As usual, the parade started off with the color guard.

Non-profit writing and tutoring center 826 Seattle showed off its many colors with a “swarm” of flags.

Seattle’s All-City Band is always a highlight.

Several drill teams entertained the crowd.

 

The Masonic Lodge’s car broke down early in the parade and had to be pushed the rest of the way.

Whittier Elementary School unicyclists show off their skills.

An extreme closeup of a member of the Seattle Police Department Motorcycle Drill Team.

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Greenwood Seafair Parade is tonight – don’t be alarmed by all the loud booms

July 25th, 2012 by Doree

Don’t forget that the Greenwood Seafair Parade is tonight, starting at about 6 p.m. More than 100 entries of drill teams, bands, floats, classic cars and unicycling elementary students will entertain a crowd of many thousands. And the Seafair Pirates will be bringing up the rear as usual, scaring little kids and pets with their extremely loud cannon booms!

The parade starts at Greenwood Avenue and North 95th Street and heads south, then turns right on 85th Street and ends at 6th Avenue NW.

Come early for the pony rides in the parking lot of the Green Bean Coffeehouse, 8533 Greenwood Ave. N. Pony rides begin at 10 a.m. and last all day.

Metro bus routes 5, 48 and 355 will be rerouted between about 4-8:30 p.m. tonight. Route 5’s reroute details are here; route 48 details are here; and route 355 info is here.

(PhinneyWood is a sponsor of the Greenwood Seafair Parade.)

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Greenwood Seafair Parade just one week away

July 18th, 2012 by Doree

The biggest annual event of the neighborhood happens next Wednesday evening, July 25, with the Greenwood Seafair Parade. This year’s theme is “Wonderful Wild Greenwood!” and the Grand Marshal will be Woodland Park Zoo character Meerkute the Meerkat.

Thousands of people will line Greenwood Avenue North and North 85th Street to watch more than 100 floats, bands, drill teams, dogs, pirates and cute kids. The parade begins at 6 p.m. and will last until about 8:30 p.m. The route begins at Greenwood Avenue and North 95th Street and heads south, then turns right on 85th Street and ends at 6th Avenue NW.

Seattle All-City Marching Band at the 2011 parade.

The 62nd annual parade is sponsored by the Greenwood-Phinney Chamber of Commerce. (This will be the chamber’s last official act, as it is dissolving and being replaced by an enhanced Phinney Neighborhood Association business membership.) It is the oldest neighborhood Seafair-sanctioned parade.

One of the Pirates of Treasure Island shows off her whip-cracking skills at the 2011 parade.

Back again this year are the popular pony rides, with Welsh ponies from Ridgeline Ranch in Sequim. They’ll be set up in the Green Bean Coffeehouse’s parking lot at 8533 Greenwood Ave. N. Pony rides begin at 10 a.m. and last all day.

(PhinneyWood is a sponsor of the Greenwood Seafair Parade.)

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Correction on Greenwood Seafair Parade Very Important Kids division winner

August 30th, 2011 by Doree

Ann Woodward, organizer of the Greenwood Seafair Parade, just told us she sent us the wrong name of the winning entry in this year’s Very Important Kids Parade Comic/Novelty division. The real winner in the Comic/Novelty division of the July 27th parade was Monkey Business Preschool, not Daniel Bagley Elementary School as previously announced.

Woodward said she’s sorry for the mistake.

We’ve updated the original results post to reflect the correct winner.

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Greenwood Knights donates $13,000 from Greenwood Car Show proceeds

July 29th, 2011 by Doree

The Greenwood Knights car club, which produced the popular Greenwood Car Show on June 26, donated a total of $13,000 from the car show proceeds to two local non-profits.

At the end of the Greenwood Seafair Parade on Wednesday night, Greenwood Knights representatives presented a check for $10,000 to the Volunteers of America’s Greenwood Food Bank, and a $3,000 check to the Greenwood Senior Center, according to parade organizers.

Jerry Barkley, president of the Greenwood Knights, presents checks to Patty Leach (left), program manager at the Greenwood Food Bank, and Cecily Kaplan (right), director of the Greenwood Senior Center.

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