The sounding of drums boomed as high school marching bands from all across Washington made their way through the heart of Downtown Seattle, kicking off the annual Macy’s Holiday Parade.
“It’s the most wonderful time of the year!” shouted a young girl from the crowd, expressing her holiday cheer as the parade started.
Masses of people, young and old, filled the streets for blocks in hopes of spotting Santa, herds of dogs, and the large array of colorful floats participating in the parade.
Macy’s puts on the parade every year in Seattle to celebrate the holidays with the citizens of Seattle and spark excitement for the upcoming season.
Macy’s has been putting on a holiday parade in Seattle for 27 years, and it has been a hit among Seattleites the entire time.
The audience cheered for every float that passed by, ranging from a fleet of vintage cars to multiple dog clubs. People passed out candy while being dressed up as clowns, flowers, dalmatians and ducks.
Parade participants and attendees alike were dressing up to get into the holiday spirit. Members of the high school marching bands put wrapping paper and bows around their instruments while cheerleaders wore long Christmas socks.
Floats were also dressed up, with some of the crowd favorites being a large Grumpy Cat, based off of the popular meme, by volunteers at a humane society and a wide variety of nutcrackers from Salty’s Restaurant, each with a unique design, from Salty’s Restaurant.
Seattle’s police and fire departments were also involved in the parade, along with many Seattle sports teams.
The Seagals cheered in their Christmas uniforms along with the Sounders marching band while following the parade route.
Bringing up the rear of the parade was the man himself, Santa Claus. As his float glided down the street, the palpable excitement from the children in the audience grew, especially from the younger crowd.
“Santa is my favorite part. It makes me excited for Christmas and opening presents,” said a young girl from the crowd.
To continue the holiday excitement, Santa went straight to Macy’s after the parade to sit in his big chair and pose for pictures.
Melinda Trank, a mother and parade spectator said, “It gets the kids excited, so it makes me excited. My favorite part of the holiday season is bringing everyone to pose with Santa.”
Danny, her husband, added, “The parade is a great event to come to because it’s free and all ages, so anyone and everyone can come and enjoy it. The floats are great and the kids love seeing all of the dogs walk by in their Christmas outfits.”
It is clear that the Macy’s Holiday Parade is a favorite tradition among Seattle citizens to start off the holiday season, but this is just the start of many more events to come around the city.
Parade spectator Cheryl Lance said, “I’ve been coming downtown to watch the parade for years. I love the unity it brings to Seattle. Everyone gets to be excited about the holidays together.”