Grande Parade opens Salmon Days Festival

September 28, 2010

By Staff

The Issaquah Salmon Days Grande Parade will again kick off the annual two-day festival at 10 a.m. Oct. 2.

Issaquah will begin its 41st anniversary celebration with more than 100 entries, including stunning floats from the Northwest. Follow the procession from Front Street at Northwest Dogwood Street, down Gilman Boulevard to 12th Avenue and along 12th Avenue until the parade’s end past the Sports Authority parking lot. The Grande Parade is ohfishally spawnsored by Lakeside Industries.

Festival VIPs in the parade include Issaquah Mayor Ava Frisinger, Issaquah Police Chief Paul Ayers, Eastside Fire & Rescue Chief Lee Soptich and Issaquah Chamber of Commerce President Chris Hysom.

Grand marshals of the parade are Moroccan sister city of Chefchaouen City Councilman Mustafa Ajjab and his daughter, American Moroccan International Exchange 2009 exchange student Sahar Ajjab.

Also watch for Captain Coho Gene Hill, president of the Issaquah Salmbassadors — the festival’s volunteer organization; Sammy the Salmon; and the many community floats that represent festivals from all over the Northwest. These include floats from the Spokane Lilac Festival, Tacoma’s Daffodil Festival, Port Townsend Rhododendron Festival, New Westminster’s Hyack Festival, Olympia’s Capital Lakefair and Wenatchee’s Washington State Apple Blossom Festival, just to name a few!

Cheer on regional high-stepping high school bands, fancy-footed drill teams and spirited cheerleaders as they perform for your enjoyment. Wave to your neighbors and friends as they display their pride and talents. The best seating is along Gilman Boulevard.

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