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Hippity, hoppity, the Snohomish Easter Parade’s on its way


Doug Ramsay photo

The 38th Annual Snohomish Easter Parade will be Saturday, March 31 starting at 11 a.m. along First Street. Here, Rindie Mills ahead of the Snohomish Sauerkraut Band at a prior year’s event.


SNOHOMISH — Musicians, dancers and everyday people will usher in spring with uncommon flair at Snohomish’s 38th annual Easter Parade on Saturday, March 31.
The Easter Bunny will join more than 60 floats, bands, teams and troops in a special small-town tradition complete with candy, contests and iconic bonnets.
The parade entries run the gamut from marching bands and Little Leagues to dentists and drill teams.
“It’s so early in the season we attract a lot of the drill teams from regional areas (who come) so they can give their routines a tryout in front of the judges,” said Pam Schilaty, manager of the Snohomish Chamber of Commerce.
Rolling entries range from unicycles to antique tractors, but the parade used to boast even more wheels.
“There was a time there I think every tow truck in the county ended up in our parade … and Evergreen Speedway would bring in seven to eight of their cars on trailers for the parade,” Schilaty said.
While the lineup has changed over time, the parade’s popularity has not.
Celebrants should come early to enjoy the area and snag a good spot: Schilaty estimated 5,000 attended last year, an extra-large crowd enticed by warm weather.
Bonnets will take center stage as the float judging ends and hat judging begins.
“We’ve seen trains on bonnets, you know, all sorts of animals on bonnets, and birds on bonnets and bird cages on bonnets, baskets on bonnets and bonnets that are baskets,” Schilaty said.
Bonnets are for boys too at this event, and four-legged friends are also welcome. Schilaty said she has seen cows, calves, llamas, cats, dogs and rabbits sporting the festive hats in her 30 years of parade involvement.
The charm of the Easter Parade for Schilaty isn’t just in the floats or fancy dress, but in community.
“For me, after doing it all these years, it’s seeing these families I’ve known so long in Snohomish, and I remember the kids as little kids coming to the Easter parade and now they have their kids … it’s just the generations that show up in the crowd, grandpa, grandma, great-grandma, great-grandpa.”
Snohomish’s first Easter parade was in 1980.
The parade is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 31 along First Street. Anyone wearing a bonnet is invited to ride on the Chamber of Commerce float, space permitting. Board the
float at Cedar Avenue and First Street no later than 10:45 a.m. The bonnet contest, sponsored by Midnight Cry Church, immediately follows the parade behind the judging booth at 1st Street and Avenue A.
Before and after the parade, children through 6th grade are invited to an Easter egg hunt for more than 8,000 eggs at Snohomish Faith Church. The hunts begin at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Families with more than one child should begin at the station for their youngest child. Register a few minutes early for a chance to win prizes. The church is at 1220 22nd Street.
For more information on entering in the parade or bonnet contest, go to www.snohomishchamber.com

  

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