For more than five decades, the Hazel Dell Parade of Bands has been celebrating the music – and the people – of our community, and the 2019 Parade continues that community commitment. Over the years, hundreds of thousands of community members have strolled the Parade route, both as participants and spectators, and generations of families have come to look forward to this iconic community event.
This year’s Parade, set for Saturday, May 18, celebrates that tradition with the theme “Generations of Music.” Presented each year by the Hazel Dell/Salmon Creek Business Association, the Parade showcases the talented musicians from more than two dozen local high school and middle school bands.
In keeping with the generations theme, the Hazel Dell/Salmon Creek Business Association is proud to announce that this year’s Parade Grand Marshal’s are the father and son duo of Neil Kimsey and Greg Kimsey. The well-known father and son are long-time community advocates and have spent decades locally in public service. Most recently, Neil has served as a Commissioner of the Clark Regional Wastewater Board, while Greg has served as Clark County Auditor.
According to Tony Ruestig, President of the Hazel Dell/Salmon Creek Business Association, and Business Development Officer at TwinStar Credit Union, “We’ve poured a ton of resources into making the 2019 Parade a fun and exciting event. As an Association, we’re honored to have Neil and Greg Kimsey as our Co-Grand Marshal’s. Their commitment over the years to the community – and to the Parade – has been unparalleled.”
“We already have 28 bands lined up,” Ruestig added, “and expect to have more than 100 entries. With the Generations of Music theme, I know we are going to have some really fun floats in the Parade.”
The Hazel Dell Parade usually welcomes 15,000-20,000 people to the area on the day of the event. Always held on the third Saturday of May, Armed Forces Day, the Parade is one of the largest and most popular parades in the Pacific NW. In addition to the local school bands performing there will be dozens of Parade floats and entries from local organizations and businesses, plus clowns, horses, antique and custom cars, dancers, and so much more.
The ‘Race to Remember’ will also return this year, with a pre-Parade start at 10:15 running the Parade route. The approximately 2.2-mile fun run will offer medals and awards. More information can be found on the Race event Facebook page.
The Lions Club will host their annual Pancake Breakfast at the Clark County Fire District 6 Station 61 (8800 NE Hazel Dell Avenue) served from 7:00 to 10:00 AM. Tickets are available at the event, $6.50 for adults, $5.50 for seniors and children (kids under 5 are free).
As usual, the Hazel Dell Parade starts promptly at 10:30 AM in front of the Fire Station. You can follow all the fun of the Parade on the Hazel Dell Parade Facebook page, or visit the recently updated Hazel Dell Parade website for Parade routes, a list of entries, order of appearance, and much more information.