FAQ’s

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    General

    Where does the parade start?

    The Parade kicks off in front of the Clark County Fire District 6, Station 1, near the 8800 block of NE Hazel Dell Avenue (just across from Target).

    See more information on the Map here.

    What time does the parade start and end?

    The Hazel Dell Parade kicks-off at 10:30 AM on Saturday, May 20, 2017. End time will vary based on the number of entries, but usually the final participants will be through the Parade by 1:30.

    What is the parade theme?

    For 2017, the Hazel Dell Parade theme is “Follow Your Dreams…” Special guest Alicia Cooper, Miss Washington and 3rd runner-up for Miss America, will be our Parade Grand Marshal.

    What year did this parade start?

    The Hazel Dell Parade of Bands premiered in 1964. Presented by the Hazel Dell/Salmon Creek Business Association, for over 50 years the Parade has showcased local bands, organizations, and businesses in a fun-filled community event. From Little Leaguers to local politicians, tens of thousands of your neighbors have participated in this event over the years. We look forward to bringing you this iconic event for years to come.

    How many parade entries are there?

    The Hazel Dell Parade is one of the largest and most popular parades in the entire Pacific Northwest. While it varies year to year, the Parade usually showcases 25-30 bands, and between 100-150 total entries, including floats, cars, horses and more.

    Who do I contact to make suggestions?

    The Parade Committee of the Hazel Dell/Salmon Creek Business Association consists of approximately 20 community leaders and volunteers who help shape the course of the Parade. Parade committee co-Chairs Brad Lothspeich and Shelly Palmer lead this team as they tackle hundreds of tasks associated with putting on an event that reaches tens of thousands of participants and spectators.

    We’d love your feedback, ideas, suggestions, and even *constructive* criticism. We all have the same goal of making the Parade the very best event it can be.

    If you have feedback, please feel free to drop us a note on our Contact Us page. Thanks!

    What about Road Closures

    The freeway off-ramps at 99th Street and 78th Street will start closing on Parade Day (May 20) at 9:00AM. The 99th Street exit should reopen by 11:00, the 78th Street exit should be re-opened no later than 1:30PM.

    Hazel Dell Avenue will be closed south of 99th Street beginning at 8:00.

    All side streets along the Parade route will also be affected during this time. As the Parade participants pass specific locations, the Sheriff’s Office will immediately begin opening these side streets. Please see the route details on the Parade Route page.

    How can I be a parade sponsor next year?

    Looking to sponsor the Parade? We’d love to have you. It’s because of the generousity of our local sponsors that we can continue to put on this iconic community event. Please visit our sponsors page and see those who have helped make this event happen.

    If you’d like more information about how your business can be part of the Parade, please visit the contact page and we’ll put you in touch with Sponsorship Director Tony Ruestig.

    Thanks for considering sponsorship of this great community event!

    Registration/Participants

    How do I know you received my registration form?

    If you have submitted a Registration packet for the Parade you may visit ccfd6.org to view the list of registration entries received to date. Please Note: This is NOT the parade line-up list.

    What time do I need to be there on parade day?

    Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. Judging begins at 9:00 a.m. The parade begins promptly at 10:30 a.m. Keep in mind that over 100 entries will be arriving to stage in the parade – please plan your arrival expecting some wait time.

    Where do I go on parade day?

    Each entry must check in at registration before lining up for the parade. There will be a registration table located at the corner of Hazel Dell Avenue and NW 94th Street (the traffic light just south of 99th Street). Visit the Parade Route map for more details.

    Where do vehicles park that will not be in parade?

    The businesses in our area are very understanding about parking on parade day. Hazel Dell Avenue is closed to traffic north of NW 94th Street and south of 88th Street beginning at 8:00 a.m. Parking is available at Target, Dollar Tree on 99th Street, and Safeway on 83rd and Hazel Dell Avenue. Don’t forget to park a vehicle at the end of the parade at 78th Street and Highway 99 to get back to your original meeting place.

    Who do I talk to if I have questions or need to talk to parade organizers?

    Parade organizers will have polo shirts on with “Parade Official” printed on the back. Please direct inquiries to one of them. They will be in contact with other areas of parade organization via 2-way radios.

    What should I bring on the parade route?

    Pacific Northwest weather is difficult to predict – bring sunscreen, umbrellas, sunglasses, water, snacks, strollers, wagons, etc… The parade route is approximately 2 miles long – be prepared for the long walk. And remember, everything you bring to line-up must be carried with you to the end of the parade. Plan on about a two-hour time frame from the time your group begins the route.

    Can I bring my pet?

    Pets are welcome in the parade. However, keep in mind that there are approximately 5,000 participants in the parade and it is estimated that 20,000 spectators line the streets. Only you know how your pet will react to a crowd that large. If you choose to bring your pet, your pet must be on a leash or harnessed. You must also bring a pooper scooper and utilize it. Your pet must be current on all vaccinations and have identification in the event you are separated. If possible, your immediate contact information should be listed on that identification for a quick reunion.

    Tips for children in the parade

    If children are in the parade without their parents, designate a pickup place. The parade begins at the fire station on Hazel Dell Avenue and ends at 78th Street and Highway 99. Plan to be there until all participants in your group are picked up. Children under age 17 should not be left to wait alone for a ride. Make sure children have the name and contact phone number of the adult responsible to pick them up.

    For those responsible for children in the parade, your job can be difficult. There are close to 5,000 participants in the parade and line-up can be hectic. To prevent injuries and lost children, please keep your group together. You should consider putting tags with group name, responsible adult and cell phone number on younger children to facilitate reunion.

    Route

    Where does the parade start?

    The Parade kicks off in front of the Clark County Fire District 6, Station 1, near the 8800 block of NE Hazel Dell Avenue (just across from Target).

    See more information on the Map here.

    What time does the parade start and end?

    The Hazel Dell Parade kicks-off at 10:30 AM on Saturday, May 20, 2017. End time will vary based on the number of entries, but usually the final participants will be through the Parade by 1:30.

    Where do I go on parade day?

    Each entry must check in at registration before lining up for the parade. There will be a registration table located at the corner of Hazel Dell Avenue and NW 94th Street (the traffic light just south of 99th Street). Visit the Parade Route map for more details.

    Where do vehicles park that will not be in parade?

    The businesses in our area are very understanding about parking on parade day. Hazel Dell Avenue is closed to traffic north of NW 94th Street and south of 88th Street beginning at 8:00 a.m. Parking is available at Target, Dollar Tree on 99th Street, and Safeway on 83rd and Hazel Dell Avenue. Don’t forget to park a vehicle at the end of the parade at 78th Street and Highway 99 to get back to your original meeting place.

    What is there to do until the parade begins?

    The Hazel Dell Lions will be providing breakfast in the truck bay at the fire station from 7:00 a.m.until 10:00 a.m. Cost for breakfast will be $6.50 for adults, $5.50 for children (6-12), and $5.50 for senior citizens, (children 5 and under are free). The Lions Club uses the proceeds from this breakfast for hearing aids, prescription glasses, and other charitable activities.

    What should I bring on the parade route?

    Pacific Northwest weather is difficult to predict – bring sunscreen, umbrellas, sunglasses, water, snacks, strollers, wagons, etc… The parade route is approximately 2 miles long – be prepared for the long walk. And remember, everything you bring to line-up must be carried with you to the end of the parade. Plan on about a two-hour time frame from the time your group begins the route.

    Can I bring my pet?

    Pets are welcome in the parade. However, keep in mind that there are approximately 5,000 participants in the parade and it is estimated that 20,000 spectators line the streets. Only you know how your pet will react to a crowd that large. If you choose to bring your pet, your pet must be on a leash or harnessed. You must also bring a pooper scooper and utilize it. Your pet must be current on all vaccinations and have identification in the event you are separated. If possible, your immediate contact information should be listed on that identification for a quick reunion.

    Tips for children in the parade

    If children are in the parade without their parents, designate a pickup place. The parade begins at the fire station on Hazel Dell Avenue and ends at 78th Street and Highway 99. Plan to be there until all participants in your group are picked up. Children under age 17 should not be left to wait alone for a ride. Make sure children have the name and contact phone number of the adult responsible to pick them up.

    For those responsible for children in the parade, your job can be difficult. There are close to 5,000 participants in the parade and line-up can be hectic. To prevent injuries and lost children, please keep your group together. You should consider putting tags with group name, responsible adult and cell phone number on younger children to facilitate reunion.

    How long is the parade?

    The Parade route is just over two miles, starting near the Fire Station on NE Hazel Dell Avenue, and ending over on Hwy 99 at 78th Street. For the full route map, including points of information along the route, please visit the Parade Route page.

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