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Make it the biggest parade, ever

The South Perry Business and Neighborhood Association is gearing up for the annual parade and street fair on July 16 - with the parade starting around 10:30 a.m.
Parade floats and participants big and small may gather in the parking lot at Grant Elementary School, begining at 9 a.m. It's $5 to be in the parade and fees are collected that morning.
As something new, Perry Street will be closed to traffic all day between Ninth and 11th Avenues, so craft and food vendors will be set up in the actual street.
The fair and parade committe is looking to fill 88 vendor spots with everything from arts and crafts, to food and informational booths. So far, 15 have signed up. 

(The photo is from last year's parade)

Great gift from Perry Fair and Parade

The proceeds from this year’s South Perry Fair and Parade were designated to the Martin Luther King Jr. Center and to Grant Elementary School’s PAWS program. On Tuesday night at the South Perry Business and Neighborhood Association, Kris Gladeau, a teacher at Grant, received $1,000 toaward purchasing new books for the school library.

“This means so much, it really is a great gift,” said Gladeau, looking at the check. “It has been years since we have been able to buy any new books. It’s like our fiction section is all classics.”

Gladeau said she’ll ask the students which kinds of books they are interested in and then create a purchase list from there.

And that’s a wrap

There was an informal gathering at the Perry Street Cafe Monday evening of all the people who helped make this year’s fair and parade a success. The Cafe generously fed everyone and ideas flew left and right around the table. Most importantly: the fair and parade made a profit, which will be donated to two charities in the neighborhood - the final amounts will be announced on Tuesday, at the South Perry Business and Neighborhood Association meeting.

Among the many ideas was to have the parade go around twice (it’s short…) - starting the music earlier, right after the parade - getting a banner to hang across the street - the location of the stage - the need for MORE volunteers to help move tables and chairs - and complete closure of the street for the afternoon.

So here’s your chance: what would you like to see next year at the South Perry Fair and Parade?

Fair and Parade schedule is ready

The South Perry Parade and Fair opens on Saturday July 17 with perhaps the area’s smallest and most quirky community parade at 10 a.m. The parade runs between 8th and 12th Avenues on South Perry and it’s not too late to sign up. Willie Earthman is the grand marshal of the parade.

The Street Fair runs all day from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the business district and in Grant Park. There will be free bike tuneups by Pedals2People at The Shop all day and live music in the park and at The Shop.

Get the Saturday band schedule here.

A portion of proceeds from the Fair and Parade goes to The Martin Luther King Jr. Family Center, Grant Elementary School’s Parent and Teacher Organization (PAWS) and the South Perry Business and Neighborhood Association.

The next planning meeting is on Monday, July 12 at 5:30 at the Perry Street Cafe - everyone is welcome.

The Fair and Parade still needs volunteers and vendors are welcome to sign up by contacting Heidi at (509) 536-5516 or e-mail:


Vendors and parade floats needed

The South Perry Street Fair and Parade is on July 17 - with the parade starting at 10 a.m. Vendors are still needed for the fair, and organizers would like for more funky parade participants to show up.

“Right now the big push is to get more vendors for the fair,” said organizer Marshall Powell, who stopped by The Shop this morning. “We are looking for artists and crafters, small businesses. We just need them to call us.” That number is (509) 536-5516

The music lineup is begining to come together, Powell said. The band Hay is For Horses is playing at 4 p.m. followed by LaChacha at 6 p.m. - both at the band shell in Grant Park.

The next fair and parade planning meeting is on Tuesday 6/29 at 5:30 p.m. at the Perry Street Cafe.

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Welcome to the South Perry neighborhood blog. My name is Pia Hallenberg and I’ve worked as a journalist in Spokane since the fall of 1998; for the last four years I’ve lived on South Perry Street.

I love the neighborhood so when time came to pick an area for The Spokesman-Review’s first neighborhood blog, the choice was simple: South Perry is where it’s at.

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