Stars and Stripes Forever.
The 47th Annual Hazel Dell Parade of Bands is on Saturday, May 21, 2011 beginning at 10:30 a.m; this years theme is “Stars and Stripes Forever.”
This is the largest parade in SW Washington is sponsored by Bomber Brothers Fireworks and the Hazel Dell/Salmon Creek Business Association. The Grand Marshals are US Army Sergeant Jack Carrier (Retired) and US Army Sergeant Brian Radke (Retired). Both soldiers are from Southwest Washington and were injured while serving our country.
The Hazel Dell Parade will follow its customary route, beginning at the Clark County Fire District 6 Station 1 on Hazel Dell Avenue, proceeding south to NE 63rd Street, up Highway 99, and ending at 78th Street. And while this is the Hazel Dell Parade of Bands, it’s so much more than just a parade and bands. There will be floats, horses, classic cars, political campaigns, and more, including bands! Lots of bands, from all over Vancouver and Clark County.
For the second year in a row, Max Muscle Sports Nutrition will hold charity run/walk just prior to the beginning of the parade, and following the parade route (2..5 miles). This is one of few courses that you can be cheered on by fans that line the streets from start to finish! This event is perfect for all ages and includes a collectible finishers medal, participant shirt, and a goodie bag with discounts to local businesses. The Parade Run starts at 10:15 a.m and will benefit the newly opened Clark County Veterans Assistance Center.
The Hazel Dell Lions will also be hosting a pre-parade breakfast from 7 am to 9 am at the Fire Station. $6 for adults, $5.50 for Juniors, and Seniors and kids under 5 are free.
“The Parade of Bands is a signature event for the Hazel Dell Salmon Creek area, but really serves spectators from Felida to Fisher’s Landing, from Woodland to Washougal. It’s an event that all of Clark County and Southwest Washington can be proud of.
The Parade brings back great memories for participants of the past and creates new moments to cherish for many more. (Personal note, I still remember several years of riding in the back of trucks for my Hazel Dell Little League teams.)
So get there early to get a great viewing area along Hwy. 99, or wherever your favorite spot may be. And remember, please support your local Hazel Dell and Salmon Creek businesses that make this awesome event happen.” ~Mitch Canton