Hippity, hoppity! The Snohomish Easter Parade’s on its way

Teens in bonnets roll by in one of the many floats in the 2018 Easter Parade.

Teens in bonnets roll by in one of the many floats in the 2018 Easter Parade.
Jared M. Burns 2018 file photo

SNOHOMISH —  Come one, come all to the annual Easter Parade Saturday, March 30.
The free parade down First Street starts at 10 a.m., an hour earlier than in past years. Come earlier to get a good seat.
The Easter bonnet contest follows shortly after at First Street and Avenue A. Design your best hat — for yourself or your pet if you like, both are welcome. Midnight Cry Church runs the bonnet contest.
The organizers of Kla Ha Ya Days, Bill and Erin Webster, have taken the mantle from the Chamber of Commerce on running the Easter Parade. This is the parade’s 42nd edition (2020 and 2021 were missed).
The Websters say the format will stay the same: The Seafair Pirates will scrape their cutlasses on the pavement, the Cathcart Unicycle Club will show their skills, a BMX group will roll and “the Llama Lady” will bring her pack.
“We’re definitely looking forward to it,” Erin Webster said.
One thing they need is more volunteers for everything that goes into the parade. Interested? Contact info@klahaya days.com
At 10 a.m., the Easter Bunny will join more than 40 entries of floats, drill teams and rolling vehicles.
Amp Harrell will emcee and Everett’s Shelby Hartman will DJ.
The parade’s earlier start
hour came by way of discussions with the downtown merchant’s association to be able to re-open downtown streets by lunchtime, Bill Webster said. This year’s Pride and Kla Ha Days parades also will start at 10 a.m.
One of the few other changes is it is being billed as The Kla Ha Ya Days Easter Parade. The summertime festival took up the Easter Parade as part of being a community-oriented nonprofit, Bill Webster said. The summertime festival nonprofit is also adopting GroundFrog Day, the winter event.
Parade entry registration prices remain the same as last year’s at $25 for nonprofits and $50 for businesses.
To register an entry today, scroll to the bottom of www.klahayadays.com/events-tickets/parade/
Latecomers can enter the rear of the parade if they arrive between 8:30 and 9:15 a.m., and go to First Street and Lincoln Avenue to fill out a form and pay by check or credit card.