U.P.’s 17th annual Duck Daze parade and festivities will take place on June 3 at 10 a.m. beginning at the corner of 27th Street and Bridgeport Way and proceeding south to 37th Street before ending at Market Square.
The deadline to apply to participate in the parade, which is open to community groups, organizations, residents and businesses, is May 19 at 4 p.m. Pre-registration is required and all motorized vehicles must be operated by licensed and trained drivers. All vehicle and float operators are also required to include proof of current automobile liability insurance with their parade application.
The procession of bands, scout troops, businesses and other proud “ducks” will be just part of a day of special events in University Place. Following the parade, check out the hot rods on display in front of the Civic Center as part of the annual UPTown Cruisin’ Association and American Legion Post 138 Car Show. Admire vintage, classic, hot rod, tuner, modern cars and maybe a few motorcycles. And be sure to stick around to see the trophy presentation at 2:30 p.m.
In previous years, the UPTown Cruisin’ Association has donated proceeds from the event to fund the clock in Homestead Park, scholarships for students from Curtis High School interested in the automotive industry, Families Unlimited Network and U.P. Community Supported Parks & Recreation programs, the American Legion Service Officers fund to help local veterans in need and the U.P. Veterans Flag Plaza project.
Drive-ins are welcome and no reservations are required. The entry fee is only $20 per vehicle and applications are available through the City of U.P. website at www.CityofUP.com. Any business interested in sponsoring a trophy can contact Bob Schwartz at (253) 381-6453 or Charlie Maxwell at (253) 246-9876 for information and an application.
The UPTown Cruisin’ Association is a group of local car enthusiasts whose only purpose is to put on the best car show in University Place. There are no membership fees other than helping with the Car Show. Anyone interested can contact Schwartz or Maxwell at the above numbers.
When you’re done checking out the hot rods, stop by West Pierce Fire & Rescue Headquarters, Station 31 for an open house where young and old can check out the station’s fire engines and cool equipment from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Enjoy refreshments, temporary tattoos and a watermelon eating contest. There will also be life-saving helmet and life jacket fittings for children (child must be present). Please have cash to pay for the fittings, which will be $14 for life jackets, $7 for bike helmets and $10 for multi-sport helmets. Visitors to the fire station can give back to the community by bringing non-perishable food donations for local area food banks or by taking a few minutes to donate blood in the Blood Mobile.
For the latest news on the Duck Daze parade and festivities, as well as an application for parade and car show participation, please visit www.CityofUP.com. You can also check out the City of U.P. on Facebook at Duck Daze Festival for up-to-the-minute updates.