Every summer for the 10 years I’ve lived here, I and my neighbors have enjoyed gathering along 23rd and watching our annual Seafair-related community parades. But there’s been a noticeable trend over the last several years: fewer and fewer participants and a shorter and shorter parade.
So this is where all of you come in. Maybe you’re new here (welcome!), or maybe you’ve previously just been a spectator, or maybe you ignored them all together. The community needs you to help out, march in the parade, and make it a big rousing success.
So you’re probably thinking “why the hell would I be in a parade?” The reason is up to you. The key is to get a group of friends and neighbors and create a fun group that can march or drive together and show your CD spirit.
Here’s some ideas:
- In a blockwatch? Get your other blockwatch members, create a paper sign to announce who you are, and show your crime-fighting dedication
- In a church? Do some faith-based community building! Round up the other church members in the hood and strut your stuff (I’m looking a you, Mars Hillsters)
- Have one of the cool art cars I’ve seen around? Get your other art-car owning friends and create a “CD Art Wheels” group and show them off along the parade route
- Working on a P-Patch? Put on your overalls, round up your pitch forks and hoes and advertise your group to the rest of the community
If none of those apply, do something random and fun with your kids, pets, and neighbors – it just takes a little imagination and creativity.
The parade is Saturday August 16th at noon, starting at 23rd & Union and ending at Cherry & MLK. And its just one part of the larger Central Area Community Festival taking place at the Garfield Community Center.
Get out. Participate in your community. Help make some summer fun.