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Beautiful evening for Greenwood Seafair Parade

July 22nd, 2015 by Doree

The weather for this year’s Greenwood Seafair Parade was perfect, in keeping with the theme, “Don’t Rain on My Parade,” led by Grand Marshal MJ McDermott, meteorologist at Q13.

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There were lots of drill teams, including these masked girls in striking lime green and hot pink outfits. (We didn’t see the team’s name; if anybody knows it, please put a note below in Comments).

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The All-City Marching Band.

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Seafair royalty.

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Tara Academy of Irish Dance.

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Engine 21 and the Defenders of Greenwood.

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Emerald City Karate students showed how to break a board.

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Members of the Greenwood Knights car club showed off their sweet rides.

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And, of course, the Seafair Pirates scared folks with their incredibly loud cannon atop their ship, Moby Duck.

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Greenwood Seafair Parade will bring 100+ floats, drill teams, bands and more to neighborhood on Wednesday

July 21st, 2015 by Doree

The 65th annual Greenwood Seafair Parade begins at 6 p.m. Wednesday and will bring thousands of people to Greenwood Avenue and 85th Street to see more than 100 entries, including floats, drill teams, unicyclists and classic cars. It is the oldest neighborhood Seafair-sanctioned parade.

Q13’s Emmy-award winning meteorologist M.J. McDermott is the grand marshal. This year’s theme is “Don’t Rain on My Parade.”

The parade starts at North 95th Street and goes south along Greenwood Avenue North, then turns west on North 85th Street to 6th Avenue NW. (But Greenwood Avenue will be closed all the way up to North 105th Street for event staging.) Metro buses 5, 48 and 355 will be rerouted onto alternate nearby streets. See Metro’s Service Advisories page for detailed information.

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Phinney Center hosting beer taste, Spanish dinner and Greenwood Seafair Parade

July 14th, 2015 by Doree

The Phinney Neighborhood Association has a lot of events on its plate this summer. Here are three upcoming ones.

Saludos A España – Paella Dinner and Flamenco is at 7:30 p.m. this Friday, July 17, at the Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N. 85th St. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. Tickets are $15 for PNA Members, $20 non-members. All proceeds benefit the senior center’s programs. Details and tickets are available online.

Summer Beer Taste: Beer Oasis – Draughts not Drought! is from 4-7 p.m. this Saturday, July 18, in the PNA’s lower parking lot at 6532 Phinney Ave. N. Admission is $25 for PNA members, $30 non-members, and $10 designated drivers. For that you’ll get 10 tastes from 25 local microbreweries, pub style snacks, and mini brats from the Barking Dog Alehouse. Tickets are available online. Live music by L’Orchestre d’Incroyable. Only service dogs allowed. Must be 21 and over. but onsite childcare is available. Email samispencer@hotmail.com to reserve your spot. (We just received word that the onsite childcare has been canceled.)

The 65th annual Greenwood Seafair Parade, the longest-running neighborhood Seafair parade, is from 6-8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 22. The parade begins on Greenwood Avenue North at North 95th Street, and goes south, turning west on North 85th Street and ending at 6th Avenue NW. This year’s theme is “Don’t Rain on My Parade” with Grand Marshal M.J. McDermott, an Emmy-Award-winning writer, actor, broadcaster and meteorologist.

(Note: PhinneyWood is a parade sponsor.)

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Meteorologist M.J. McDermott will be grand marshal of 65th annual Greenwood Seafair Parade

March 11th, 2015 by Doree

MJ McDermott-pic-resizedQ13’s Emmy-award winning meteorologist M.J. McDermott will be the grand marshal of this summer’s 65th annual Greenwood Seafair Parade. This year’s theme is “Don’t Rain on My Parade.”

The parade is from 6-8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 22. It starts at North 95th Street and goes south along Greenwood Avenue North, then turns west on North 85th Street to 6th Avenue NW.

The Greenwood parade is the oldest neighborhood Seafair-sanctioned parade with more than 100 entrants including bands, drill teams, floats, pirates and plenty of school groups. Thousands of people line the route.

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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:

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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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