Ben Franklin Kids Parade
Old Redmond Post Office 85th St

16135 NE 85th St Redmond, WA 98052

Registration Starts at 8:30am
Kid's Parade Starts at 10am
(Grand Parade immediately follows ~11am)

Photo of Kid's Parade 2013 Decorate your wheels, yourself, your parents and pets and join the festivities. Get creative! Since the first Derby Days Kids Parade in 1940, the community's children have decked out their wheels and come to the parade. Decorate your bike, trike, scooter or skates and join the fun. It needn't be fancy! Remember, everyone is invited so get the whole family in the act.

Every child who participates and wears a helmet will receive a prize of two dollars courtesy of Clark, Raymond and Company.

After strutting your stuff along the .3 mile parade route, check your "wheels" at the Bike Check-In, just behind Redmond City Hall. Spend the day enjoying the Criterium Bike races, live music, entertainment, food and games.

  • Sign-up begins at 8:30am at the Old Redmond Post Office.
  • All participants please report to the registration tables in front of the Old Redmond Post Office.
  • All kids on "wheels" must have a helmet on, no exceptions!
  • No judging will occur at the event.
  • Please keep pets on a leash at all times.
  • All children should be accompanied by an adult.

Grand Parade

Grand Parade starts at approximately 11am
(Immediately follows Kid's Parade)

2014 Grand Parade Marshal

Shannon O'Donnell

Shannon O'Donnell
KOMO 4 News, Weather Anchor

Meteorologist Shannon O’Donnell joined the KOMO 4 Forecast Team in August 2009 as a weekend weather anchor. Shannon is a graduate of Redmond High School and the University of Washington, where she earned a B.S. in Atmospheric Sciences.

Shannon has received numerous awards in her field, including ‘Best Meteorologist’ by the Golden Gate Chapter of the American Women in Radio in Television in 2005 and 2006. She was part of the Emmy-winning morning news program at KNTV, and has been featured in Men’s Health magazine.

In her spare time, Shannon enjoys reading, gardening, cooking, running and skiing. She is working on a few bits of children’s literature that she hopes to publish to help benefit the National Sarcoidosis Foundation and the Leukemia/Lymphoma Society. Shannon lives in Seattle with her husband, two little boys, and long-awaited baby girl (fittingly, born on the night of the first big fall wind storm in November 2010).

Gather up your family and friends and come celebrate the 2014 Derby Days Kids and Grand Parades! Find a seat and enjoy all the sights and sounds of the Grand Parade, immediately following the Ben Franklin Kids Parade. It all begins at 10am on July 12.

For best viewing of the Grand Parade, you will want to find a spot along the parade route. The parade route starts at the intersection of NE 83rd St and 161st Ave NE and heads north. It will then take a left on NE 85th St and will conclude at 158th Ave NE (See the parades map below).

2014 Grand Parade Award Winners:

  • Grand Derby (Best Overall) School of Rock
  • Most Community Spirit Redmond United Methodist Church
  • Best Drill Team Highlanders Drill Team
  • Most Original Redmond Marriott
  • Best Costume Rebels Legions Aplha Base
  • Mayor's Choice Redmond Academy of Theater Arts

Parades Map (Click map to enlarge)

2014 Derby Days Map

Redmond Fire Department Pancake Breakfast

July 12 - 8am-Noon
Fire Station 11, 8450 161st Ave NE
A breakfast of pancakes, sausage, eggs, coffee and OJ will be served.
Free / Donation
All proceeds go to the RFD Benevolent Fund which supports Redmond residents facing personal tragedy.
Kids may tour fire trucks, try spraying water on a mock fire and try on real firefighter gear.

Contact Information:

Kids Parade
Ria Emsley
Ben Franklin

Grand Parade
Jim Bove

Ben Franklin

Need a Helmet?
Helmets will be available at the Old Redmond Post Office ($10 donation). The City of Redmond Police Department will be on-site to provide helmet education and custom fitting. Please arrive early to get a helmet in time for the parade.

The Route
The route (.3 miles) begins at the Old Redmond Post Office parking lot heading west on 85th and then left on 158th.