Seafair Kick Off

Parade

We invite you to come watch the Tour de Terrace Parade! It is the kickoff event for our three day summer festival. See celebrities, cool cars, amazing floats, drill teams, Mountlake Terrace High School Athletes, and so much more! And of course, the SeaFair pirates are on hand to “terrify” and delight the children!

2024 Parade Information

Parade Announcer:

William L Paige Jr.

When:

July 19th, 2024

Time:

6:45pm - TBA

2024 Parade Route Information

What is the parade route?

Northbound on 56th Avenue West from 234th Street SW to Evergreen Playfield at 222nd Street SW

2024 Parade Check-In Information

Where:

58th and 232nd - behind the Post Office
(Behind Calvary Fellowship Church)

Check-In Time:

5:30pm

Want to participate in the parade? Go to our Applications
Check out the official parade map on our maps page

Introducing

Grand Marshal

Kim Nygard

Biography

Double DD Meats is a family run business that started in 1955 here in Mountlake Terrace, just one year after the city was incorporated. Born and raised in Stanwood, Kim Palaniuk would begin to work at her counter. In 1990, Kim married Tom Nygard, a dairy farmer in Stanwood. Soon after, the meat market had burned down due to an arsonist that came through Mountlake Terrace and burned down multiple buildings in this area. Kim and her husband then moved to Ferndale to work on their dairy farm while Double D ‘s was being rebuilt. During her 7 years on the farm milking dairy cows with her husband, Kim and Tom had two sons-Justin and Jeremy. In 1997, they decided to sell their farm and Kim went back to work at Double D’ s.

How It all started

Ever since then, she worked beside her parents; her dad was always busy in the back, cutting meat while her mom could be found organizing sauces on the front shelves. Eventually, Kim bought the store from her dad at the end of 2014. With help from her family and employees, she has expanded the business, adding thousands of sauces to the shelves and increased the number of employees by more than 30. Anybody that knows Kim, knows she rarely takes time off. She can be reliably found rearranging and adding to her large selection of sauces and seasonings, making space for a new sauce she brought in from local and international vendors. Kim prides herself on customer service. Just ask her customers! Some like to point out that her dad helped their parents, and now her kids are now helping their kids three generations of amazing service here within Mountlake Terrace!

Introducing

Grand Marshal

Judi Smith

Biography

This year’s Tour de Terrace Grand Marshal is none other than one of its co-founders, Judi Smith. The Tour de Terrace Organization has decided to save its final Grand Marshal honor for a lady who helped shape the event as it’s known today. The first Tour de Terrace parade was held in 1993 and organized by a group of community volunteers that included Judi and her late husband, Jerry, who later went on to serve as Mayor of Mountlake Terrace from 2003-2018.

In 1994, the Smiths took the event to another level in partnership with Seafair and a small group of volunteers to celebrate the city’s 40th anniversary of incorporation. To grow the event, the Smiths bought huge tents and added food and craft booths, putt putt golf and music and hosted it over a weekend. Over the years, the classic car show, beer garden, fireworks show and pancake breakfast came on board to make Tour de Terrace a popular summer attraction in the Pacific Northwest. Judi said, “We wanted Tour de Terrace to be a place for people to come out and visit with their neighbors and, at the same time, generate pride in our community.”

Judi is described as sweet and shy and those who know her well would add that she’s a funny smart aleck with an infectious smile and a strong work ethic. She and her husband Jerry moved to Mountlake Terrace in the late-1960s and had two children, Stephanie and Scott. Judi and Jerry bought Terrace Auto Parts in the city’s Town Center and she managed the shop for 15 years. She later worked part-time in retirement at Edmonds Community College in the food service department where she said she enjoyed the camaraderie with the students and staff. “It was fun talking to all the friendly kids and learning where they came from and as a bonus, we had a nice view of the golf course.”

Judi cares deeply about Mountlake Terrace. For years, she was seen mowing the right-of-way along 44th across from Cedar Plaza Shopping Center. With her mowing days behind her, Judi still stays very active in the community. Besides Tour de Terrace, Judi volunteers for Arts of the Terrace Juried Art Show, the Mountlake Terrace Garden Club and she serves on the City Council Salary Commission. She often participated in Coffee with the City , taking advantage of the opportunity to stay in the loop about what’s happening in the city she’s been so involved in.

A big concern for Judi and Tour de Terrace is having enough volunteers to continue the tradition. Now run primarily by Scott and Tisa Smith, her son and daughter-in-law along with granddaughter Samantha, they need help with some of the tasks such as setting up tables and chairs, keeping the food areas clean, and a great opportunity for teens is keeping the trash bins empty. Please visit the Mountlake Terrace city website and also Volunteers of America website to sign up as a volunteer to help the Smiths keep Tour de Terrace going into the future.

This year, Tour de Terrace is retiring the Grand Marshal honor, and we are pleased to save the best for last. Thank you, Judi Smith, for over 50 years of service to Mountlake Terrace. You truly are the First Lady of Mountlake Terrace!

Judi Smith, Tour De Terrace

Parade

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