We all have our various traditions.
Some we share, like holidays, or going up to see the tulips when they bloom, the opening of fishing season and so on. In fact, next weekend, an unlikely tradition for me continues: I’ll be emceeing my 7th Lutefisk Eating Contest at Ballard Seafoodfest.
However, one of my favorite traditions is tomorrow, the 4th of July, when Bothell holds it’s annual Freedom Festival Parade and, for something like 10 years in a row, I’ll be the emcee for coverage of the parade on the Bothell City Cable Channel. Yes, for the next couple of months, they’ll be replaying the parade over and over, with me doing the play-by-play. Tim Smith and his crew will do their camera magic and everything in their power to make me look good.
The benefits are many. While some people have been locking up lawn chairs along the parade route for over a week to secure their spots, I’ll be able to wander up at 10:30am to a secure where my wife, along with my daughter & her family join us to watch the kiddies parade at 11, followed by the Grand Parade at noon.
It’s nothing fancy. Mostly the people who live and work and play in Bothell and the Northshore area coming out for a sun-drenched celebration of our country’s birthday. The mayor, city council and other politicians will be there, along with any opponents if it’s an election year. I’ll get to say hi to Tom Bainter and the football coaches from Bothell High, some former neighbors and friends. There will be churches, dentist offices, even the Waste Management trucks will be there and, with any luck, the Seafair Pirates will wrap things up.
If you’re in the neighborhood, come by and say hi. We’re usually set up across from Alexa’s Café, right there on Main Street, and I always look forward to it.
Happy birthday, America!