Don Fitz, Jr., Grace's Police Chief, rode in a vintage truck accompanied by a bagpiper playing Grace's official anthem, "Amazing Grace," in the township's second annual St. Patrick's Day Parade.
The Honorary Grand Marshal of the parade was "Grace," a 5-year old basset hound pictured here with her owner Gary Greene. Grace's next public appearance will be in the now-world-famous Basset Bash & Brigade in the 17th Annual "Celebrate Woodinville" All Fools' Day Parade on Mar. 30.
Photos by Jeff Switzer/Woodinville Weekly.
by Jeff Switzer
Spectators lined a chilly and rainy Highway 9 this past Friday morning to witness the much-heralded eight-minute St. Patrick's Day parade in the Mystical Township of Grace.
Highway 9, between the Fitz Auto Parts Chrysler outlet south to the Vintage Auto Parts parking lot, was closed from 8:30 a.m. to about 8:38 a.m. for the 13 to 15 "floats."
Mar. 15 was declared an Official Holiday in Grace and residents were encouraged to take the rest of the day off.
"I had arranged for crowd control with the Boy Scouts," said Grace Police Chief Don Fitz, Jr., "but Woodinville High School didn't close for the holiday."
A flatbed truck served as the grandstand for the occasion, which was immediately packed with as many as 12 spectators in addition to the more than 40 green-clad individuals on hand to witness the town's second go at celebrating the green holiday. With estimates approaching 50 people, the number of watchers increased exponentially over last year's spectator crowd of six.
The parade boasted Grace's two fire engines, several antique cars, a mule-drawn trolley car, all of the town's tow trucks, a large tricycle which traveled from Burien for the event, and engines from the Woodinville Fire and Life Safety District.
Grace's town officials, visiting dignitaries and parade participants, about 70 in all, flocked to the Maltby Cafe afterward for green eggs and ham, green orange juice and cinnamon rolls. Grace's official Grand Marshal for Life, Hugo B. Jonson, provided entertainment, with renditions of "Danny Boy" and "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling" sung by Julie Johnson, together with bagpipes and proclamations.
State of Grace address brief, direct
Grace's Mayor for Life, Terry Jarvis, delivered a well-received State of Grace address which lasted approximately 20 seconds.
"The State of Grace is that Grace is not a state, yet, but we have ambitions!" Jarvis told the cafe crowd.
The sun came out at the end of the parade, to which one Gracean replied, "It just shows how much pull (Jarvis and Jonson) have."
Last year's parade boasted 17 entries, including Grace's fire truck, the mule team and wagon, and a postal truck. Grace officials expect next year's event to be even bigger and better than this year's.