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Woodinville's All Fools' Day Parade Moves to Less Foolish Date

"After 34 years of this wonderful event and receiving many requests to move it to a more weather-friendly date, we're making a change," Woodinville Chamber of Commerce officials said.

After enduring another miserable, rainy, cold day for  officials with the Greater Woodinville Chamber of Commerce have changed the date of the annual event. They had this to say in an email to past participants recently:

After 34 years of this wonderful event and receiving many requests to move it to a more weather-friendly date, we're making a change and we sincerely hope you will continue to be a part of it.

Starting this year, the date of the parade will move to Saturday, Aug. 10, and instead of the All Fools' Day Parade, the name will likely change to the Woodinville Community Parade, according to Dave Witt, the Chamber's executive director.

It will also become part of an expanded day of events, to include the pancake breakfast at the Woodinville Fire and Rescue headquarters, a concert series and community festival celebrating the city's incorporation.

"It's going to be a big celebration," Witt said.

Officials said they've received nothing but good feedback about the date change. This year is also the city's 20th anniversary of incorporation.

Planning is under way and details of the event will be posted as they become available.

 

What do you think about moving the event to a summer date? Tell us in comments.

Tony Bussert January 03, 2013 at 11:14 PM
I'm glad to see some organization for the 20 year celebration! Hopefully it'll be a kickoff to a new end of summer celebration.
long time Woodinville resident January 04, 2013 at 01:10 AM
I wuldlike the name to be changed to something more fun - How about a small contest. Woodinville Wing Ding? Woodinville Summer Fest? Woodinville ??????
Kristin Gulledge January 04, 2013 at 04:17 AM
Yes, we need to keep the fun in it. I used to dress up "like a fool", it was fun. The marching band would wear fun hats. The basset hounds dressed up.
Local Guy January 04, 2013 at 05:52 PM
Moving the date is a travesty, and an insult to those that have managed the previous date, and weather, just fine for decades...
Bob Martinek January 04, 2013 at 06:21 PM
It'll rain
Ichimeterlady January 22, 2013 at 06:42 AM
Even if it rains, at least it won't be as cold! I've participated in this parade with my Basset Hounds since 1993. Besides the parade, I also stay for the Basset Bash. Many hours in the COLD rain isn't as fun as it would be if it were warmer out. I look forward to the date change with my 3 Basset Hounds...one of which is the 2012 Queen of Basset Bash!
Ichimeterlady January 22, 2013 at 06:48 AM
The article makes no mention of the Basset Bash. Will it also be hosted after the parade as it always has? P.S. PLEASE keep the "All Fools' Day Parade" name. It's quirky and fun, and shouldn't be dropped just because the date is changing. Most of the time the parade date didn't land on April 1st anyways!
Baby Bassets January 22, 2013 at 07:29 AM
I have heard many wishing it was at a less rainy time but August is just such a long wait my bassets and i look forward to this event every year. I also agree the name needs to be more fun as that is the best part of the parade.
j forrest March 17, 2013 at 04:28 AM
Sad, I always thought it was great that Woodinville had a parade at a time of year when no one else is doing anything.
Local Guy March 17, 2013 at 03:58 PM
Please keep the name, just change the long standing tradition, maybe no one will notice... Yes, sarcasm...
California Transplanted Lady March 23, 2013 at 04:48 PM
I was trying to find it on the calendar, and very surprised it has changed. I too, was happy to attend because it wasn't too hot and nothing going on this time if year :(
Keren LaCourse April 05, 2013 at 01:31 AM
Please keep the fun name - our 4 basset hounds agree! Shoreline basset gal
Courtney Elwell April 05, 2013 at 10:17 AM
I think it is a great idea to move the date until August. The weather will be much more predictable and enjoyable.

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