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Sunfair Parade celebrates 50th anniversary

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YAKIMA, Wash.-- The Sunfair Parade in Yakima happens Saturday, and it has over 140 entries.

The parade is celebrating its 50th anniversary and bringing back several past grand marshals. Former city manager Dick Zais is grand marshal this year. Attractions include a military fly over at ten, and the return of the Miss Yakima Sunfair Pageant float after a decade-long absence. For the Sunfair president, the parade holds a special significance.

"I was born and raised here in Yakima and I remember the parade when I was a little kid, I was about two blocks from Yakima Avenue and so it feels good to bring back these memories and create those memories for other people," says Sunfair Board President Joe Mann.

The Sunfair Parade starts at ten on Saturday morning. It'll begin at 16th Avenue and travel down Yakima Avenue to Chestnut. Mann says 15,000 to 20,000 people usually show up.