The 2019 Annandale Parade
Saturday, October 26, 2019 from 10:00 AM to Noon along Columbia Pike in Annandale. The Annual Parade has been an Annandale tradition since 1950. It promotes community involvement and neighborhood camaraderie while celebrating the rich diversity of Annandale.
Mark your calendar, participate or bring the family to view this Annandale Tradition. Children are invited to wear their Halloween Costumes, to cheer the participants, and to marvel at the exhibits.
Join the fun and watch the parade anywhere along Columbia Pike. Dance groups are restricted to 40 participants each. Email the chamber office with any questions.
No staging can be accommodated on either side of the Reviewing Stand along Columbia Pike. Special guests and sponsors will be staging in those areas of the parking lot.
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The Annandale Parade
Saturday, October 26, 2019
Cited as one of
"THE BEST SMALL TOWN PARADES IN AMERICA"
The popular Annandale Parade will be held on Saturday, October 26, 2019, beginning at 10:00 am. Marching along Columbia Pike from the historic white church and the Annandale Shopping Center near Gallows Road, all the way to the Bowling Alley-Safeway, thousands of participants from Clowns, Storybook Characters, and Marching Bands to Antique & Military Cars, Fire Trucks, Civic Organizations, Scouts, and beautifully costumed International Dancers will parade before the residents of Greater Annandale. Sponsored by the Annandale Chamber of Commerce, this sixty-nine-year-old tradition only gets bigger and better every year. Register early, before all spaces are taken. Entry forms are available in the right column of this page along with the parade route and the chamber's email address for more information at email@example.com
The 2019 Annandale Parade is dedicated to the Elder Residents of Annandale. Mark your calendar, participate or bring the family to view this Annandale Tradition. Children are invited to wear their Halloween Costumes, to cheer the participants, and to marvel at the exhibits.
The 2019 Annandale Parade Grand Marshal
Dan McKinnon, is a retired U.S. Navy Rear Admiral who, after living on three continents thinks Annandale and Fairfax County are near the center of the earth. He left the Navy in 1991 as Commander of the Naval Supply Systems Command and 36th Chief of Supply Corps. Among his awards are the Distinguished Service Medal of the Department of the Navy and Distinguished Service Medal of the Department of Defense. He retired again in 2000 as President and CEO of “NISH – Creating Employment for People with Severe Disabilities”, having been invited to the White House to attend the signing of the American with Disabilities Act. He is currently President of the Project Handclasp Foundation working on charitable projects in the Philippines.
Dan believes in Annandale. Understanding our home town is more than a Zip Code, he began volunteer work by helping Helen Winter and Eileen Garnett clean our streets and pick up cigarette butts. Then followed President of the Pinecrest Heights Community Association, Chair of the Annandale Central Business District Planning Committee, and President of the Annandale Chamber of Commerce, where he was twice selected citizen of the year. Dan served as Chairman of the Fairfax County Commercial Revitalization Coalition, Chairman of the Fairfax County Commercial Revitalization and Reinvestment Advisory Group, and would drive to Richmond to attend Board of Directors meetings of the Virginia Industries for the Blind. He was a long-time board member of the Navy Federal Credit Union bringing a branch to Annandale.
Dan has lived in Annandale since 1970 with his wife, Rae Lynne, who owned an income tax and accounting practice in Alexandria. He enjoys writing historical articles and engaging in postgraduate studies on the spoiling of grandchildren. They have one son, Daniel W. McKinnon, III, who resides in Vienna with his wife, Anne Marie, and their three children, granddaughters Marianna who is 8 and Emily who is 6, and yet another Dan who is 3.
Dan says the real Annandale are the people who care and step forward to labor long for their community. He loves our diversity, proud to see Annandale become a banking and restaurant destination, and is honored to have known the leaders that made it happen.
Sponsors of the 2019 Annandale Parade
The Annandale Parade Marches to Success
The Annandale Parade marches through the Annandale business district
Featured prominently at the celebration are Boy Scout Troop & Cub Pack 150 who have headed the parade since the beginning of this treasured community event. Bolivian Dance Groups, the Marching Atoms, the Code Red Dance Team from AHS, the Stomping Eagles Step Dancing Team, and the Route 66 PT Cruisers provided the variety that spectators have grown to anticipate. Most importantly, many school children, scouts, the American Heritage Girls, Civil Air Cadets, local businesses, including banks, medical practices, insurance agencies, community organizations, Mathnasium, driving schools, and church groups beam with enthusiasm bringing smiles to everyone.
The 2018 Annandale Parade Grand Marshal
Rev. Clarence Brown, former senior pastor at the Annandale United Methodist Church has been named the Grand Marshal for the 2019 Annandale. Parade. Rev. Brown won the hearts of his congregation as well as the hearts of the greater community with his commitment to so many local events and charities. A man of great stature, warmth and humor, Brown offers inspiration through personal example and quiet persuasion.
“After ten years, I will miss Annandale very much along with the many deep friendships forged. My time here has been a joy.” Brown commented on the deep commitment exercised by the business as well as the residential community in Annandale to make a difference whether it is beautifying the community, supporting the most vulnerable, educating our youth, fighting bigotry, or simply enjoying the fellowship of our neighbors.
Brown began his new ministry at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church (Yorktown, VA) in July. Annandale has been privileged with his ten year posting which is an unusually long assignment but will miss him just the same.
Before coming to AUM, Brown served in the Norfolk District, after seven years of leadership as the District Superintendent. He has also served as District Superintendent of the Charlottesville District, and as Senior Pastor of St. Paul's UMC in Chesapeake. He began is career as associate pastor of Central United Methodist Church in Atlanta.
Earlier in his ministry, Brown served in Flintcastle, VA, just north of Blacksburg when it was still a rural community. Now that area has become home to many of the Tech Titans working in the bursting computer industry at VA Tech and in Industrial Parks near-bye.
Brown has known his wife, Jarun “Jaie” Brown, since they were children in Queens, N.Y. They went to separate colleges, then reconnected in 1975 and married a year later. Dr. Brown's wife Jaie, a former marketing executive at McDonald's, has a Master's degree in Social Work from Norfolk State University. The Browns have two adult sons, Jordan and Collin, and three wonderful grandchildren, Elijah, Zoe and Israel.
“I have rarely been in a place where the people are so generous and where the community comes together – the business, police, government, nonprofits, and faith communities – to work together to make life better for everyone,” he says.
Brown also expressed gratitude “for my time with the Annandale Chamber of Commerce, and the things we accomplished, including a fantastic parade each year which celebrates the rich diversity of Annandale.
Brown has been succeeded at AUM by Jason Micheli, the associate pastor from Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Alexandria.