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Federal Way Red, White and Blues festival adds kid’s parade
The city of Federal Way’s annual Red, White and Blues festival is adding a new event this year, a kid’s parade that starts at 7 p.m. on July 4 at the north entrance to Celebration Park.
The event itself begins at 4 p.m., culminating with a fireworks show at 10:15 p.m.
Along with the kid’s parade, the city will have bouncy houses for children and a number of other activities geared at the younger crowd. Sensory pools, bubble-making, a giant version of the game Twister and open sport courts will also be available for children at the city’s most popular annual festival. Children 3-5 years old will also have a specially designated play area.
Music will be going all night long, including salsa music, Vietnamese martial arts, Polynesian music, dance and drumming. The featured acts will hit the main stage at 6 p.m. Among those acts are Polly O’Keary and The Rhythm Method, The Disco Ballz and Magic Bus. Entertainer Alex Zerbe will be the emcee for the event.
Food vendors of all kinds will also be participating, with varieties of cuisine ranging from barbecue, sandwiches to salads and espresso.
The night culminates with the aforementioned fireworks show, which runs for 22 minutes. The fireworks are put on by Entertainment Fireworks Inc, and attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets to watch the show. No canopies, umbrellas or barbecues are allowed, according to the city. Pets are also not allowed for the event.
On-site parking will be available starting at 3 p.m. and will cost $7. The main parking lots at Celebration Park will be closed beginning at 8 a.m. on July 4, although limited access will be available for the kid’s playground during the day. No re-entry will be allowed to the main event grounds after 9:30 p.m., and additional seating will be available after 9:30 p.m. at fields 7 and 8 at the park.
Main stage schedule:
4 p.m. - International Entertainer’s Emcee: Patrick Doherty
4-6 p.m. - International Performance
6 p.m. - Emcee: Alex Zerbe
6-7 p.m. - Polly O’Keary & The Rhythm Method (Blues)
7:30-8:30 p.m. - The Disco Ballz (Dance)
8:30 p.m. - Mayor’s Welcome/Introduction of Officials
9-10 p.m. - Magic Bus (Rock & Roll)
10:15 p.m. - Firework display
6 p.m. - Visual arts and activities areas open
6-9 p.m. - Family games and activities for all ages
6-9 p.m. - Sports clinics
Those interested in learning more are encouraged to contact the city of Federal Way Parks, Recreation and Cultural Office at 253-835-6900.