Classic cars, marching bands, mounted drill teams and politicians paraded Monday through Tumwater in a tradition that’s been greeted by the community for more than 25 years.
But it was the first parade for 9-year-old quarter horse Vin. Vin and his owner, Samantha Worth, are part of the Tumwater High School Equestrian Team. Coach Troy Valentine, riding his wife’s quarter horse, Pendleton, said there were 19 riders in the parade. His strategy for new horses: put calm horses next to them.
Worth, a junior at Black Hills High School, didn’t have any worries about her horse, though.
“We call him Pooh Bear,” because that’s what he’s like, she said.
There were 99 entries this year, according to Marisa Worden, marketing specialist for Tumwater Parks and Recreation. She said there were a few more service groups than usual, and four school bands.
“It’s great to have the bands. It’s not easy to get school bands in the summer,” she said.
Along the parade route, people were gathering in family groups, with camp chairs, blankets, toys for the kids and food for everybody.
Veteran parade watcher Narissa Kelley and her family had their plan well in place. They elevated tailgating to a parade-art, backing their pickup in the shade just above street level at Dennis and Capitol Boulevard, with the kids lined up at the curb. They staked out their spot at 8 a.m., she said.
“I love that it brings the community together,” she said.
While everyone waited for the parade to begin candidates, petition gatherers and people passing out religious leaflets worked the crowd. Kids fine-tuned their strategies for getting candy, should any be thrown their way.
Red, white and blue was everywhere. Flags and bunting decorated the entries, flags were passed out by parade groups and spectators’ had donned holiday shirts, hats and hair ribbons. One boy even had red and blue stripes in his blond hair.
But the heart of America’s symbol was with the military color guard, bringing bystanders to their feet. The flags were marched down the street to shouts of “Thank you!” “We love you!”
Parade Award Winners
Grand Marshal's Award: Marine Corps League
Dale O. Johnson Founder's Award: Zonta of Olympia
Music in Motion Grand Sweepstakes Award: Black Hills High School Cheer
Music in Motion Sweepstakes Award: Tumwater High School Cheer
Parade Theme Award: Healing Hearts Ranch
Veteran's Award: Marine Corps League
Floats Grand Sweepstakes Award: Capital Lakefair
Floats Sweepstakes Award: Tumwater Hill Elementary Marimba Bands
Most Impressive Animal - Grand Sweepstakes Award: Healing Hearts Ranch
Most Impressive Animal - Sweepstakes Award: WSU-Thurston County 4-H
Huggable Loveable Pet Award: Healing Hearts Ranch
Comic Award: Thurston County Fair
Bands - Grand Sweepstakes Award: Tumwater Hill Elementary Marimba Bands
Bands - Sweepstakes Award: Tenino Sound Train
Community Award: Intercity Transit
Community Youth Award: Girl Scouts of Western Washington
March/Dance/Drill Grand Sweepstakes Award: Tumwater High School Cheer
March/Dance/Drill Sweepstakes Award: Black Hills High School Cheer
Mounted Drill Grand Sweepstakes Award: American Made Drill Team
Mounted Drill Sweepstakes Award: North Thurston Equestrian Team
Mounted Drill Scooper Grand Sweepstakes Award: Healing Hearts Ranch
Mounted Drill Scooper Sweepstakes Award: American Made Drill Team
Junior Mounted Drill Grand Sweepstakes Award: Tumwater High School Equestrian Team
Trucks/Equipment Grand Sweepstakes Award: Supporters of Bernie Sanders
Trucks/Equipment Sweepstakes Award: Kiwanis Club of Tumwater
Cars Grand Sweepstakes Award: Lyle Hegsted's Horseless Carriage
Emergency Response Unit Award: East Olympia Fire District 6
Classic Cars - 1st Place: 1977 Oldsmobile Cutlass
Classic Cars - 2nd Place: 1978 Gremlin (Gary DeTray)