A woman in the 2017 Stars and Stripes Parade down Cole Street in 2017 throws candy to children along the route. File photo

A woman in the 2017 Stars and Stripes Parade down Cole Street in 2017 throws candy to children along the route. File photo

Stars and Stripes Parade ready to roll

Get ready for a rock n’ rollin’ time on Cole Street during the Fourth of July.

The Stars and Stripes parade, a holiday tradition since 2000, is set to roll through downtown Enumclaw at noon Thursday.

As always, parade participants will start at the north end of town, join the procession, and roll along Cole Street. Typically, downtown sidewalks are packed with adults – and kids scrambling for candy.

The Fourth of July favorite is sponsored by the Enumclaw Chamber of Commerce.

This year’s grand marshals will be the community-friendly couple of Mike and Britt Nelson. Mike Nelson is an Enumclaw native and longtime superintendent of the Enumclaw School District; Britt Nelson served, until last year, as director of Plateau Outreach Ministries.

Kerry Solmonsen, the chamber’s events coordinator, said this year’s parade will feature some traditional favorites but will also boast some new additions.

Primary among the newcomers is Thunder Dome Car Museum, an automobile showcase in Enumclaw. Owners are providing a sharp ride for the grand marshals and, additionally, entering some of the museum’s showpieces in the parade. Solmonsen said an effort is being made to include red, white and blue vehicles.

In keeping with a longstanding tradition, kids from the community are encouraged to decorate their bicycles, tricycles, Big Wheels and scooters and join the parade. They will gather prior to the parade on Cole Street between Battersby and Washington avenues.

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