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Sr. Queen Kayli reflects on last weekend

posted Jul 26, 2012, 9:45 AM by News Master   [ updated Jul 26, 2012, 9:47 AM ]
This past weekend was so much fun for me to be a part of. As a lifelong West Seattle resident, I had never had the opportunity to take part in the American Legion Grand Parade, but I had always loved going to the parade, and this year was no exception. Before the parade, current and past Hi-Yu royalty meet at Merrill Gardens to meet with the visiting royalty as well as the Seafair Pirates and Princesses. Once the parade was underway, I absolutely loved traveling down the parade route and seeing the young children on the sidewalks giving the float a huge wave while trying to catch the eye of the royalty to receive a special and personal wave. Every parade entry was such a treat to see and I can't wait to watch another parade.

After the parade, the Hi-Yu court had the chance to visit nursing homes in the West Seattle community; we also got to ride on Moby Duck. There is nothing better than listening to the Seafair Pirates and Seafair Clowns having a noisy battle at the California and Alaska intersection. At the nursing homes, I got to meet so many wonderful residents that were not able to make it out to the parade, but were so happy to see us there.

The next day was the Community Breakfast and the Chinatown Parade. The community breakfast was fantastic at the Alki Masonic Hall. They served us a fantastic breakfast and were kind enough to volunteer and sit and talk with the royalty. Our new Junior Court was also present, and they had a great time getting to meet us all. Before the Chinatown parade, we had such a great time meeting with the Seafair and Chinese royalty, the Seafair Commodores, and of course the Seafair Pirates. When we saw the pirates we showed them a little creation of our own, a doubloon button: with some hot glue, duct tape, and a safety pin we were able to create these buttons and put them on our sashes. The pirates wanted to take some of them, and luckily that didn't happen. I may just have to make some for them to give to them at the Torchlight Parade on Saturday, July 28th.

This past weekend was amazing and I'm so glad I could spend it representing my West Seattle community.

Below is a picture from before the Chinatown parade with our guest Princess for a  Day, Anastacia Greene, as well as photo of the float as it traveled under I-5.