Seafair sanctioned event is largest parade in Pacific NW

Jul 05, 2014
The Kla Ha Ya Days Parade in Snohomish kicks off Seafair season on Saturday, July 19. Just up the road from Mill Creek, the largest parade in the Pacific Northwest boasts more than 100 entries.

People will start lining First Street in Snohomish early to see the annual Kla Ha Ya Days Parade that starts at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 19.

The Seafair sanctioned event has been around for more than 100 years and in 2013 was the Pacific Northwest’s largest parade when it boasted 107 units (parade entries).

Kla Ha Ya Days Parade Chair Colleen Currid expects the same number this year for the free community parade.

Leading the Grand Parade is the Kids Parade from 10:15 to 10:30 a.m. Then you’ll see drill teams, high school bands, dance troops, mini donkeys, floats and surprises coming from the community entrants.

Putting on a parade requires time, commitment and a great sense of humor.

Currid has all the attributes. Ever since her parents took her to parades when she was a little girl, she wanted to be a big part them.

She has been a volunteer Seafair Parade Marshal for 27 years and Kla Ha Ya Days Parade Chair for nearly seven years.

“I absolutely love it!” she said. “I’m not putting on a parade for the community; it’s the community’s parade. I just put them in order.”

Asked what her favorite unit is, she picked Miss Everett Hydroplane.

“We have our own home town hydro. Most people don’t know that, and that’s so exciting,” she said.

She also enjoys seeing the scout troops, especially the Cub Scouts with their chests puffed out as they pass their grandparents.

Following the Kla Ha Ya Days parade, Currid will be a parade marshal for other Seafair parades culminating with the Torchlight Parade July 26th.

“No other parade is quite like the Kla Ha Ya Days community parade,” she added.

Before the parade is the 5 Mile & 1 Mile River Run.

Afterwards will be plenty of silly games to play, a street fair, chainsaw carving exhibition, music, food and wine and beer garden – something for everyone in the family.

Go to http://www.klahayadays.com/events/schedule/ for a complete schedule.

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