One of the event highlights was the Kids’ Parade, which featured youngsters riding along the parade route on a range of one to four wheels. Many participants decorated their rides. Decorations ranged from simple streamers to the more elaborate themed variety, featuring superheroes, popular movie and TV characters and more.
Rachel Van Winkle, events and marketing administrator for the City of Redmond, said this year’s Kids’ Parade was the biggest she has ever seen.
For Jim Duong of Bellevue, this year was the first year his 3-year-old son participated in the parade.
“He loved it,” Duong said.
For him and his family, the parade was the favorite and main attraction, although they — and other families with little ones — did spend a lot of time at the sand mound.
This year was the third time Duong and his family attended Derby Days and he said he likes it because all of the kid-friendly activities as well as activities for all ages.
“It’s a good thing,” he said. “(A) mix of everything.
Following the Kids’ Parade was the Grand Parade. Festival attendees lined the streets to see grand marshalls Mario and Luigi of Nintendo as well as other entries, which included local businesses, elected officials campaigning, local nonprofits and agencies and more.
Redmond City Council member Byron Shutz, who walked in the parade and worked at the Redmond Kiwanis booth, said his favorite part of Derby Days is seeing the community take the opportunity to get ou and come together to share this grand event.
Other Derby Days activities included food booths, featuring area restaurants — a favorite for Jason Jensen of Woodinville.
Like Duong, Jensen, a father of two, said in addition to the food, he likes the kids’ activities as well as the fact that the festival is close to home.
Derby Days also included criterium bicycle races, eating contests, live music, the Redmond Arts Festival at nearby Redmond Town Center, fireworks and more.