The organizers of the Celebrate Kirkland 4th of July Parade have sent out the parade sequence and lineup locations! FIRE will be entry #51 in the parade (out of 67 entries). Our lineup position is west of Market Street on 5th Avenue W. It will likely be in the vicinity of 2nd Street W; the map below shows the approximate location. There will be small signs along the edge of the roadway showing the position numbers – just look for #51. Note that we will be immediately following the group from The Dawoodi Borha Community of Seattle, who meet in Kirkland — a great opportunity for us to get to know each other!
A map of the parade route appears below. Note that the total walking distance from our lineup position, through the route, and back to the disbanding point on Market Street is about 1.2 miles and takes about 30 minutes at parade walking pace.
The closest place with a significant amount of parking is Kirkland City Hall including the Wester Lot just to its south, but there’s also a lot of parking along Market Street (north of 7th Avenue) and on surrounding neighborhood streets both east and west of Market. There are many other parking lots in downtown Kirkland, although getting to them can be a challenge with street closures for the parade. You can find information on parking in downtown Kirkland at https://www.kirklandwa.gov/Government/Departments/Public-Works-Department/Transportation/Downtown-Parking-Information. You can also take King County Metro, although note that the 255 route will be modified because of the parade road closures (see the Service Advisory at https://kingcounty.gov/en/dept/metro/routes-and-service/schedules-and-maps/255.
As mentioned previously, the parade starts at Noon. However, being in position #51, there will be some waiting time before our group will start moving. Feel free to come whenever it works for you, to mingle and chat with folks in our group and others around. The earlier you come, the easier it is to find parking. If you need to use a toilet while waiting, portable facilities will be located in the Heritage Hall parking lot and at the corner of 2nd Street W and Waverly Way.
Participants in the parade are encouraged to wear clothing typical for their faith to help show the diversity of faiths participating in the FIRE group, t-shirts promoting peace and understanding, or other clothing of their choice. Those walking should wear sensible shoes; hats and sunscreen are advised, as the weather forecast for parade time is 78-80 degrees with bright sun; you may also want to bring water. Participants are welcome to carry signs and banners promoting peace, love, unity, and understanding.
If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Toby at 206-790-6377. Hope to see you on Tuesday!