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Old Settlers’ Picnic Grand & Junior Parades now accepting entries

One of the many entries in the 2018 Whatcom County Old Settlers' Picnic Grand Parade (July 28, 2018). Photo: Whatcom News

The 125th Old Settlers’ Grand Parade is scheduled to begin at 11am on Saturday, July 25th. The parade route begins on the corner of Washington Street and 3rd Avenue and weaves through downtown to Pioneer Park, the site of the annual Old Settlers’ Picnic.

Anyone interested in participating with a float, marching band, antique vehicle or most any other type of entry are invited to download, complete and submit a parade entry form (click link to download). All entry forms must be completed and postmarked or emailed by Friday, July 10th.

According to the Whatcom County Old Settlers’ website, dignitary entries are charged $35 and business entries are charged $15. All other entries are free.

This year’s parade theme is “Celebrating 125 Years of Memories.”

Entry categories include the following.

  • Antique cars and trucks (1900-1949)
  • Classic cars and trucks (1950-1976)
  • Antique machinery
  • Decorated vehicles
  • Youth organizations
  • Floats
  • Dignitaries
  • Horses
  • Horse-drawn wagons
  • Marching Bands

The Old Settlers’ Junior Parade will be held on Friday, July 24th, at 6pm. It will begin at 4th Avenue heading east on Alder Street, turning south on 2nd Avenue and ending at 2nd Avenue and Cherry Street. Anyone interested in participating is requested to download, complete and submit a Junior Parade entry form (click link to download). This entry form must also be completed and postmarked or emailed by Friday, July 10th.

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