Northwest NEWS

August 23, 1999


Kenmore to celebrate first birthday with parade, party

Kenmore cityhood

Last year, Kenmore celebrated cityhood with a parade and party. This year's celebration will be held Sunday, Aug. 29.
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   There is an air of excitement in Kenmore as the whole community gets ready to celebrate its first year as a new city. On Sunday, Aug. 29, everyone is invited to join in the parade and festivities that will be a part of "Kenmore's First Birthday Party."

   The day's events will begin with the Kiddies' Parade at noon, followed immediately by the Grand Parade. The parade route will be along NE 181st, from 73rd Ave. NE to Kenmore Village. The Grand Marshal for the parade will be Bob Bannister, a Kenmore resident for over eighty years. He and his wife, Marge, raised their family here, while Bob served as fire chief for 32 years.

   The parade will have something for everybody with drill teams, antique cars, floats, fire trucks, dancers, music, and clowns. The Seattle Seahawk mascot, Blitz, is scheduled to appear. Dr. Jim Mahar will be the announcer at the review stand. Parents can pick up a Kids' Parade entry form at City Hall or Kenmore Library.

   Following the parades, there will be a good ol' fashioned birthday party around the new City Hall, with free birthday cake for everyone. About two dozen booths will be located in Kenmore Village, representing businesses, community service groups, and youth organizations. Food and refreshments for the whole family will abound.

   While enjoying pizza, teriyaki, hot dogs, snow cones, popcorn, and refreshments, the partygoers will be treated to non-stop entertainment on stage from 2-5 p.m.

   The popular local singing group Timeless Soul will kickoff the slate of music, which includes country singer Chad and local musical groups. Kenmore's Scottish heritage will ensure plenty of bagpipe music.

   Clowns, jugglers, magicians, and balloon artists will make this a birthday party to remember for kids of all ages. Bubbles the Clown and Giggleworks magicians will delight the kids. Shin's Tae Kwan Do will do a demonstration, as they did last year, for everyone to enjoy.

   In keeping with the theme "Courtesy is Contagious in Kenmore," a Courtesy Squad will give out free gifts to those caught performing random acts of kindness. The City's official flower is the Dahlia, and the birthday party will have a Dahlia show that is sure to become an annual event. Food, entertainment, and flowers--what a day!

   Kenmore's First Birthday Party will emphasize family fun and entertainment, so plan to come and enjoy great food and refreshments and be entertained by music and magic. Well-known radio personality Frosty Fowler will emcee the program. For more information, please call event chairperson Tom Traeger at 425-488-2818.