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Maritime Gig Festival features annual parade, new entertainment acts

A U.S. Navy Band marches smartly in the 2015 GigFest Parade.
A U.S. Navy Band marches smartly in the 2015 GigFest Parade. Staff file, 2015

Kicking off the summer season, the Maritime Gig Festival returns this weekend (June 4 and 5) with a host of family traditions, community events and fun for all ages.

Beginning Saturday morning (June 4) with the annual Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast from 8 to 10 a.m. held in front of 7 Season Brewing on Judson Street, the Yo Ho Harbor Grande Parade kicks off the weekend’s festivities with local performers and businesses.

The U.S. Bank Family Fun Run will begin with a Kids Dash at 8:45 a.m., followed by the Fun Run at 9 a.m. just prior to the parade.

Following the parade, family activities and entertainment can be found along Harborview, inside Skansie Park and up Pioneer Way to Tarabochia Street, with a new Maritime Gig Kids performance area at the intersection of Harborview Drive and Pioneer Way.

Performances at this new area will begin at 12:30 and will feature demonstrations from NASA gymnastics, Warrior Life Martial Arts, Pop Star Kids singers and the Fantasia Baton Twirlers. Also available following the parade will be the recently completed Tiny Home from Brett Marlo Design and Build, with tours and detailed information available.

A classic Yacht Festival and concerts from local performers in Skansie Park will include Five $ Fine, The Fab Three, Discovery Elementary Choir & Rock Band, Peninsula Youth Orchestra, Kopachuck Middle School Jazz Band, Swing Fever and featured band Big Dog Revue, who will end Saturday’s entertainment lineup.

Roberto the Magnificent will return to the festival Saturday afternoon with his unique variety act, featuring juggling and unicycling entertainment for the whole family.

Festivities on Sunday continue with the Children’s Fest and the Classic Yacht Festival beginning at 10 a.m. and continue with the Wheels on the Water Car Show at 11 a.m.

The annual Blessing of the Fleet will take place at 1 p.m., followed by the car show awards ceremony at 2:45 p.m.

Sunday’s entertainment continues with performances from Harbor Dance and Harbor Voice and the Shy Boys will finish the festival weekend with a performance beginning at 3:30 p.m.

Road closures for the Maritime Gig Festival will begin at 5 a.m. Saturday (June 4) and will run through 7 p.m. Sunday (June 5).

The road closures scheduled for this weekend include:

▪  Harborview Drive from Rosedale Street to 3026 Harborview Drive

▪  Pioneer Way from Tarabochia Street to Harborview Drive

For Saturday only (June 4) the following streets will be closed from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.:

▪  North Harborview Drive from Peacock Hill to Harboview Drive

▪  North Harboview Drive from Harboview Drive to Burnham Drive

▪  Harborview Drive from Burnham Drive to Soundview Drive

▪  Soundview Drive from Harborview Drive to Judson Street

▪  Judson Street from Soundview Drive to Pioneer Way

Signed detours will be provided to assist with navigation around the street closures.

This annual weekend event is presented by the Gig Harbor Chamber of Commerce. A complete schedule of events and more information about the Maritime Gig Festival can be found online at maritimegig.com.

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