Nonprofits receive $500 for entering Parade of Service

SUQUAMISH — Clearwater Casino is inviting all Kitsap County service organizations to complete an entry for the third annual Fat Tuesday Parade of Service.

Each year, Clearwater holds a Mardi Gras-style parade inside the casino on Fat Tuesday, with parade floats /Volumes/nkh-editorial/KITSAP WEEK/2012 PAGES/2012/10-26-12 KW/Photos/A1 — Miss West Sound.psdmade by members of service organizations throughout Kitsap County. The floats, created on top of red wagons supplied by the casino, are judged during the parade.

All participating organizations will receive at least $500 for creating a float. The highest scoring floats in the parade will receive significantly larger cash donations.

The 20 organizations chosen to participate in the parade will be randomly selected from all entries. Floats are judged on theme, originality and execution by a team of five Clearwater representatives, including three employees who win their judging seats in a preliminary shoebox float competition held a month before the event.

Clearwater Casino guests also have the opportunity to participate in the judging. The floats are scheduled to be on display at the casino a week before the parade. During that time, guests are encouraged to vote for their favorite float. The float with the most votes from Clearwater guests receives an additional 5 points toward their overall parade score.

Service organizations — including Kiwanis, Lions, Rotary, leadership groups and more — can apply online at Entry deadline for participation in the parade is noon Oct. 31.

The Fat Tuesday Parade of Service is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. Feb. 12 inside Suquamish Clearwater Casino Resort.

Suquamish Clearwater Casino Resort is operated by Port Madison Enterprises, the economic development arm of the Suquamish Tribe.


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