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The 2014 Snohomish Easter Parade is almost here!

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SNOHOMISH - The 34th annual Snohomish Easter Parade is coming Saturday, April 19 with floats, dancing drill teams and the traditional bonnet contest.
The parade begins at 11 a.m. on First Street led by the Snohomish County Tribune’s Easter Bunny. Come early to find a good viewing spot.
Float entries are due by Friday, April 11 to the Snohomish Chamber of Commerce.
The Easter bonnet contest will commence immediately following the parade’s conclusion.
The Snohomish Easter Parade’s history is as colorful as dyed eggs. Beginning in 1980, the parade was put together as a shop-local effort by the Snohomish Chamber of Commerce. 
The bonnet contest, with pets, children and creative adults donning often homemade hats, was added in the early 1990s.
“You wouldn’t believe some of them, they’re just absolutely amazing,” chamber president Pam Osborne said of the bonnets. “Our most unusual contestant was probably a calf. We’ve had all sorts of little critters that come wearing bonnets, some kind of creation on their head.”
Osborne anticipates the contest will draw up to 150 entries this year.
People who sign up for the bonnet contest are eligible to ride on a special float to show off their bonnets. There is no need to register for the contest this year, and everyone gets a prize.
The staging area for bonnet judging will be located at First Street and Avenue A.
To keep this annual tradition afloat, a small army of volunteers devote time and effort for days.
Parade officials said it usually takes about 50 volunteers – from planning meetings to post-parade day street cleaning crews – to make the parade possible.
“Most of these people who volunteer are community area people,” Osborne said. “There are some people that belong to the senior center that will be helping. A lot of them have been doing it for years. It is absolutely a success. It’s to the point now where if we have new people that are helping, it’s easy for them to fit in and help out.”
Rain or shine, the parade will go on. Osborne said the weather is usually fair for parade time, with the exception of a few years where it sprinkled a bit. No downpours have ever washed out the parade.
“We hope that it’s a gorgeous day,” she said. “Last year it was a beautiful day, and it’s looking like it’ll be the same this year. It never rains on the Easter Parade!”

Easter Egg Hunt before the parade
At 9 a.m. before the parade, Faith Assembly Church at 1220 22nd St. will hold a free community Easter egg hunt Saturday, April 19.

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