Crowds lined downtown streets Sunday afternoon to see an Edmonds Kind of Fourth of July parade, and they weren’t disappointed. It all started with the children’s parade, estimated as one of the largest ever, with kids showing off their red, white and blue regalia as they were pulled in wagons, pushed in strollers or traveling on scooters, bicycles and by foot.
The main parade featured a wide range of entertainment, including a student band from the Edmonds School District and one that traveled from Minnesota. There were also bagpipe players, church singers and karate and gymnastics demonstrations. Pirates and clowns delighted the parade-goers, and a number of political candidates and their supporters worked the captive audience.
Another fascinating entry was a group of authentically outfitted “Star Wars” movie characters. One of the Storm Troopers was Edmonds resident Jim Peternel, who explained that all those appearing are members of Garrison Titan, the Washington state chapter of the 501st Legion, which — according to the group’s website — is to create and wear “movie-accurate costumes of the Galactic Empire and villians of the Star Wars Universe.”
Following the parade, about 200 people gathered at City Park to watch Snohomish County Fire District No. 1 firefighters compete in the annual water ball competition. Similar to a tug-of-war, firefighters face off in groups of three and shoot water from a fire hose at a ball suspended over the park. The first team to move the ball to the other side wins.
The festivities continue with fireworks, which start at 10 p.m. at Civic Center playfield.