The 2017 Annandale Parade
Saturday, October 28, 2017 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.
2017 Parade Sponsorship
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The Annandale Parade
Saturday, October 28, 2017
Cited in 2013 as one of,
"THE BEST SMALL TOWN PARADES IN AMERICA"
The popular Annandale Parade will be held on Saturday, October 28, 2017 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-seven year old tradition only gets bigger and better every year. Register early, before all spaces are taken.
Grand Marshal of the 2017 Annandale Parade
An Unsung Hero of Annandale
The Annandale Parade has been a fixture in our community since 1950. Showcasing businesses, schools, scouts, veterans, charitable organizations, international dance groups, marching bands, and those just out to enjoy the day, the Annandale Parade will once again be celebrated on Saturday, October 28th from 10:00 AM to Noon along Columbia Pike.
The Annual Parade promotes community involvement and neighborhood camaraderie while celebrating the rich diversity of Annandale. It’s also just a great way to have a bit of innocent family fun.
Mark your calendar, plan to participate in the parade itself 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 Annandale Chamber of Commerce, sponsor of the parade, is pleased to announce that this year’s Grand Marshal is Richard Owen, Vice President of the Casey Club- Annandale Knights of Columbus and a recipient of the prestigious Jefferson Awards for Public Service.
The Jefferson Awards encourage and honor individuals for their achievements and contributions through public and community service. Richard was particularly cited to receive the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis award for “outstanding public service” for organizing a group that has prepared over 400 meals for the needy, and for raising over $11.7 million for KOVAR, a Knights of Columbus charitable program that provides financial support to organizations that offer training and help to those with intellectual disabilities. Past winners include Hubert Humphrey, Madeleine Albright and Henry Kissinger.
For years, Richard has also gathered a team of his fellow Knights and neighbors to pick-up multiple vehicles full of donated bread and baked goods from a commercial bakery in Woodbridge and deliver these weekly donations to a number of shelters, ACCA, and local food pantries in both Annandale and Bailey’s. He has also collected and carted donated books, videos, television sets, playing cards and board games to VA hospitals and other veteran organizations annually.
Richard has volunteered regularly at the Annandale Parade, the Fall Festival, the Bed Race, Annandale’s National Night Out and promoted charitable causes and volunteerism in our community. A quiet spoken, thoughtful gentleman, Richard brings joy to every activity.
The Chamber is honored to have Mr. Owen as this year’s Grand Marshal and treasure him as a member of the Annandale Community. While we honor Richard, the Chamber would also like to herald the Knights of Columbus for their ongoing dedication to community service, their many charitable endeavors, and the volunteer hours given annually by their membership. Most people have no idea the depth of their giving as this is an organization that exemplifies the truth that charity asks for no recognition. This once, we hope they will accept our community’s gratitude and praise.
2017 PARADE SPONSORS
The 2016 Annandale Parade Marches to Success
The 2016 Annandale Parade marched through the Annandale business district to large crowds and sunshine last Saturday. More than sixty local groups participated, along with a number of large & imaginative floats.
Featured prominently at the celebration was Boy Scout Troop & Cub Pack 150 who have lead the parade since the beginning. Bolivian Dance Groups, the Marching Atoms, a 1975 Fire Truck owned by the McCuin Family, The Lion King Float, and two new entries-The Potomac Garden All Star Drum Corps and The Spiderman Car driven by Carnell Hilliard and his son provided the variety spectators have grown to anticipate. Most importantly, many school children, scouts & American Heritage Girls beamed with enthusiasm bringing smiles to everyone.
The Chamber thanks all the participants, the volunteers, the marshals, the Mason District Police, and the Annandale Volunteer Fire Dept. for your participation which made this parade another great success. We also thank the Annandale United Methodist Church & Pastor Clarence Brown who generously provided the main parade staging site, as well as the Annandale Shopping Center who provided the secondary staging site and parking. Your community support is deeply appreciated. The Annandale Parade was first established in 1950 as a means to bring the community together, while showcasing local schools, organizations, and businesses.
The 2016 Grand Marshal was Mike Magill of Magill's Pizza and Pasta Restaurant (7201 Little River Turnpike, across from Giant Food). Mike has been a resident and business owner in Annandale for over 30 years. His restaurant provides job training and employment to young members of our community with various disabilities, along with a cheerful mentoring environment. Mike has for decades been a great supporter of our first responders, hosting numerous meals on their behalf. The Chamber welcomed Mike as the 2016 Grand Marshal and thanked him for the support he provides the Annandale Community every day of the year. www.magillsdc.com
2016 Parade Awards
American Heritage Girls—Second Place
Sambos de Corazon USA—Third Place
Mom’s Club of Annandale-Honorable Mention
The Spiderman Car-Honorable Mention
Best Music and Dance
Morenda Transpeco, USA—First Place
Marching Atoms—Second Place
Potomac Garden Drum Corps—Third Place
Ashburn Theatre on Ice—Tied for First Place
Magills Pizza and Pasta Restaurant—Tied for First Place
Grasshopper Green & Kenwood School—Second Place
Griffin Academy of Westminster School—Third Place
Manassas Vol. Fire Dept. owned by the McCuin Family
The Spiderman Car
Congratulations to these groups, and to all who participated
in the 2016 Annandale Parade.