GALLERY: Parade draws big crowd to downtown Ritzville


Last updated 9/5/2019 at 10:49am

Journal photos by Brandon Cline

Grand marshals Karen and Bill Curtis wave to a packed crowd during the Ritzville Community Parade on Saturday, Aug. 31.

The Ritzville community came out in force on Saturday, Aug. 31 to cheer on and marvel at the dozens of entries in the 2019 Ritzville Community Parade as they marched down Main Avenue.

Leading the parade-following members of local law enforcement agencies, the Washington National Guard and the local VFW and American Legion Honor Guard-were Grand Marshals Bill and Karen Curtis.

The Curtises were instrumental in establishing the Ritzville Rodeo, which celebrated its 50th anniversary this past weekend. They told The Journal that they felt very privileged and honored to be named the parade's grand marshals.

The Grand Sweepstakes winner of the parade was the Reardan-Edwall Community Float, with an old-school music and jukebox theme. The float hosted Queen Emma Wiedmer.

The first place winner of the float division was the Connell Community Float, which had an Ancient Japanese Empire theme. The second place finisher was the Davenport Community Float, with a carnival theme.

Other entries in the parade included the Lind-Ritzville Marching Band, East Adams Library District, Wheatland Bank, the City of Ritzville, Ritzville Frontier Girls, Washtucna Lions Club, Ritzville Youth Drill Team, RDO Equipment, Saddle Warmers 4-H Club, GEM AIR and the Ritzville Community Float, among others.

From left: Princess Connie Kagele, Queen Mary Lou Hennings and Princess Sue Benzel wave to the crowd during the Ritzville Community Parade. Kagele, Hennings and Benzel were the first-ever Ritzville Rodeo royalty in 1970, and again in 1971.


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