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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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Greenwood Seafair Parade winners

July 29th, 2011 by Doree

Greenwood Seafair Parade Director Ann Woodward sent us the list of winners in each category for Wednesday’s parade. Congratulations to all the winners!

Very Important Kids parade:

1st place Comic/novelty — Monkey Business Preschool
2nd place Comic/novelty — Christ the King Catholic School
3rd place comic/novelty — Cub Scout Pack 321

1st place VIK Drill team — Washington Karate Association

Grand Parade:

Marcia Brunner Sweepstakes Trophy — Seattle Schools All-City Band

1st place Band — Pacific Northwest Drum Squad
2nd place Band — Calgary roundup Band
3rd place Band — Salvation Army, Seattle temple Corps Band

1st place Comic/Novelty — Seattle Seafair Pirates
2nd place Comic/Novelty — Seattle Seafair Clowns
3rd place Comic/Novelty — Pirates of Treasure Island

1st place Comic/Novelty Community — Bitterlake P. Patch
2nd Place Comic/Novelty Community — Greenwood Christian Church Garbage Can Corp
3rd Place Comic/Novelty Community — 826 Seattle& Greenwood Space Travel Supply Co. Interplanetary Color Guard

1st place Drill Team, Jr. Dance — Baby Dolls Drill Team
2nd Place Drill Team, Jr. Dance — Baby Dangerettes
3rd Place Drill Team, J. Dance — Jr. Electronetts Babynetts Drill Team

1st Place Drill Team, Jr. Precision — Lil Senoritas Drill Team

1st Place Drill Team, Sr. Dance — Dolls Drill Team
2nd Place Drill Team, Sr. Dance — Sweet Mahogany Drill Team
3rd Place Drill Team, Sr. Dance — Electronetts Drill Team & Drum Squad

1st Place Drill Team, Sr. Precision — Seattle Chinese Community Girls Drill Team
2nd Place Drill Team, Sr. Precision — Highlanders Drill Team
3rd Place Drill Team, Sr. Precision — North Queens Drill Team

1st Place Equestrian — Charros Association of Washington

1st Place Float — Marysville Strawberry Festival Float
2nd place Float — Going My Way? PC Performing Arts
3rd Place Float — KUBE 93 FM

1st place Wheeled — A-1 Piano Sales and Rentals
2nd place Wheeled — I Love Seafair Giveaway Boat
3rd Place Wheeled — Fairview Christian School

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What does community mean to you?

July 28th, 2011 by Doree

We had so much fun marching in the Greenwood Seafair Parade last night, and the PhinneyWood kid had a blast passing out seven pounds of candy (sorry we ran out before the end of the parade route!)

While waiting for the parade to start, we asked other parade participants to write on the back of PhinneyWood’s banner. We asked them to answer the question, “What does community mean to you?”

Drawings and sayings from the back of PhinneyWood's banner.

Here are a few of our favorite answers.

  • Community means helping each other excel.
  • Community means caring for our neighbors.
  • Community ends in unity, and that’s what it should do!
  • Community means believing in the heart, soul, passion and spirit of building quality of life for children.
  • “Community” means a group of people caring about each other in every way.
  • Sharing resources and living life together!
  • Community means everything!

Summer interns from Taproot Theatre sign PhinneyWood's banner.

Seattle City Councilmember Jean Godden and State Rep. Mary Lou Dickerson hand back their colored Sharpies after signing the banner.

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More scenes from last night’s Greenwood Seafair Parade

July 28th, 2011 by Doree

We had a great time marching in last night’s Greenwood Seafair Parade. We posted a bunch of pictures late last night, but here are a few more of our favorites.

Parade Grand Marshal Dr. Bonnie Dunbar, a retired astronaut, poses with a group of veterans before the "Greenwood Takes Flight" parade.

The Western Vigilantes throw one of their own over the hood of the car. Don't worry, he wasn't hurt!

Students from 826 Seattle's free tutoring and writing center.

The Seafair Commodores help run all the Seafair events, including staging the entrants in the Greenwood Seafair Parade.

One of the winners of Seafair's Scholarship Program for Women.

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

The front line of the Baby Dolls drill team holding hands.

The Seattle All-City Marching Band.

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Scenes from the Greenwood Seafair Parade

July 27th, 2011 by Dale

Thousands of people lined the streets of Greenwood Wednesday evening for the Greenwood Seafair Parade.

Here are some of the pictures we took from inside and alongside the parade route. We’ll follow up with more tomorrow.

Before the festivities even began, parade-goers kept the crew at Greenwood Market's brat stand busy, including Mary, who tended to a heap of carmelized onions.

Kids, um, ponied up for a ride on Ridgeline Ranch's Welsh ponies.

Kids from Greenwood's Tara Academy write and draw pictures on the back of the PhinneyWood banner to illustrate what "community" means to them.

One of the more elaborate floats was a tribute to Elton John. Can you guess what song was playing?

A little boy takes prudent precautions while waiting for the Seafair Pirates to fire their cannon.

And here is the reaction of three girls moments later.

A QFC precision shopping cart drill team put on a show. It was probably only coincidental that it was in front of the Safeway.

One of the many drill teams entertains the crowd.

While there was lots to see, candy tossed into the crowd was the main attraction for most kids.

The city plans to repave 85th this fall, which should make the 2012 parade route a much smoother experience.

Even the sun came out to watch the parade!

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