PARADE FOR SENIOR CITIZENS - FUN FOR ALL
We lined up on Snoqualmie Ridge, excited to be doing something to let seniors know that we care and that we feel blessed that they have helped to make our community such a wonderful place to live.
Following current safety protocols, meant that our parade route needed to pass by places where people could park their cars or where people could keep 6 feet apart. So we decided on a course past the finest parking lots in the land.
The police escort and the fire truck sirens made this feel special. It wasn't long before people running their Saturday morning errands were taking notice.
We winded our way past Cascade View Elementary and the Snoqualmie YMCA, then down the parkway to Historic Snoqualmie. The parade caravan was greeted by a former mayor and his wife (it was great to see you, Fuzzy!) and some enthusiastic by-standers (who were, of course, maintaining a socially safe distance while they by-standed).
Pastor Lee Carney Hartman changed up the sign at Snoqualmie United Methodist Church and cheered on the parade and our senior citizens! What a pleasant surprise. We promise that next year there will be more notice and we'll pack that parking lot!
There were other folks in cars, honking their horns in response. Who doesn't like a parade? If you are happy and you know it, honk your horn.
The parade made its way past the high school (parking lot) and on to North Bend.
Coming into North Bend, the parade made a spectacle of itself. It's true, we held up traffic. Some people may have had to wait for the coffee at Huxdotters. But we absolutely couldn't miss the Ace Hardware parking lot -- where absolutely everybody who is anybody goes for a good time these days. And while the residents at Regency North Bend weren't able to see the parade, we are guessing they heard it - because we were making quite a racket.
It was on to Cascade Park Apartments -- you know, the senior apartments we (Mt. Si Senior Center) just bought. Seniors were out on the balconies and in their front yards, delighted to see the parade pass by. And Sno Ridge residents (the other amazing apartments we own) were watching from their windows as were other residents in the neighborhood.
It was then on over to Red Oak Residence, to say hello to the seniors. Everyone had a front row seat regardless of whether their apartment home faces the front or the back of the building, as the caravan turned around in Torguson Park before heading over to Si View Metro Parks to finish off a morning of parading.
We've been hearing from seniors this afternoon and they've shared how touched, encouraged, excited, pleased and happy they were to have been honored in this way. Those of us who paraded feel blessed to have brought joy to so many seniors.
We couldn't be more delighted to have brought joy to seniors. If you know of someone who hasn't seen the parade, please share this with page with them.
Thanks to the folks who support seniors year-round and who paraded for senior citizens:
Snoqualmie Fire Department * Snoqualmie/North Bend Police Department * Eastside Fire and Rescue * Snoqualmie Valley Transportation * Mt. Si Senior Center * Aegis Living of Issaquah * Regency at North Bend * Humana * We Speak Medicare * Seattle Mountain Rescue * Frankie's Pizza * Snoqualmie Valley Food Bank * Valley Professional Cleaning Service * Staff of Mt Si Senior Center * Board Members of Mt. Si Senior Center