Monroe Fair Days Parade is Saturday, Aug. 23
MONROE — The annual free Monroe Fair Days parade downtown is coming Saturday, Aug. 23 with plenty to see and do.
The grounds of Frank Wagner Elementary, 639 W. Main St., will be “Parade Central” for the event, with live music, street dancing, a beer garden, kettle corn, face painting, vendor booths and the location of the judges viewing stand.
The parade route begins at 11 a.m. at the intersection of West Main Street and 179th Ave. and ends at the intersection of W. Main Street and Blakeley Avenue.
At Parade Central, a climbing wall will be open from 9-5 p.m. and pre-parade activities begin at 9:30 a.m. Live music will be entertaining everyone at the beer garden from 2-5 p.m.
More than 100 parade entries are expected to participate, making this year the biggest parade ever, chamber director Una Wirkebau-Hartt said last week.
Vendors and food at Parade Central will open to serve crowds showing up early to get a good seat for the parade and there will be street dancing in front of the reviewing stand at 9 a.m. with DJ Big Dog Jerry Dixon.
Highlights of the 2014 line-up include popular community organizations such as the Ixtapa Equestrian Team, the SeaFair Pirates, drift and drag cars from the Evergreen Speedway, local bands, drill teams, and tractor and motorcycle clubs.
Parking is limited with some roads closing at 9 a.m. Using side street parking and nearby church and school parking lots is advised.