This Wednesday, the Seattle skies decided to finally let the sun shine through. Luckily, Greenwood was just gearing up to put on the 61st Annual Greenwood Seafair Parade. Being the oldest of the neighborhood Seafair parades, it attracted a huge number of excited parade-goers.
WALLY amongst the parade-goers and sunshine
As we wound our way along the Greenwood streets, we heard many shouts of enthusiasm from the crowd. Among them were, "Go PEMCO!" and "Hey it's the Sandals-and-Socks Guy!"
In every direction there were smiling faces, groups cheering and children waving. The neighborhood Seafair parades are a coveted tradition for Seattleites, and the sunny weather made it even better.
Alongside WALLY were some spirited parade participants. The Kennedy High School marching band led the way with their impressive repertoire of tunes. As they passed, kids got up to dance and teens bopped their heads along to the beat.
There were dance troupes, pageant princesses and even a mob of unicyclers! From clowns with red noses to Seattle City Council members, everyone who participated donned their most eye-catching outfits, and of course, their smiles.
Frequent PEMCO blog contributor John Burgess and wife Patsy
in NW Profile Costumes
One interesting group was the Phinney Neighborhood Association. They rode a ConferenceBike - a bicycle pedaled by seven people - instead of a traditional parade float. They spent the mile-and-a-half route circling WALLY with exceptional speed while interacting with the parade-goers.
Phinney Neighborhood Association's ConferenceBike
Another memorable parade participant was A-1 Piano's float, dedicated to Elton John's "Rocket Man" song. This year's theme was "Greenwood Takes Flight," which made A-1 Piano's dedication especially appropriate.
Thanks to all those who came out to support the 2011 Greenwood Seafair Parade. Your enthusiasm was much appreciated! PEMCO's WALLY will be back for more Seafair action during the much-anticipated hydroplane races. We hope to see you there!