Deadline Jan. 13 for Fat Tuesday Parade entries | Kitsap Week

SUQUAMISH — Clearwater Casino Resort invites all Kitsap County service organizations to enter the second Fat Tuesday Parade of Service.

Each year on Fat Tuesday, Clearwater holds a Mardi Gras-style parade inside the casino, with parade floats made 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.

“This year, we’re upping the ante,” Marketing Director Sean Vestal said. “We’re selecting a total of 20 organizations to participate, with $3,000 for first place, $2,000 for second and $1,000 for third place in the parade.”

The 20 organizations chosen to participate in the parade will be randomly selected from all entries.  Floats will be judged on theme, originality and execution by a team of five Clearwater representatives, including three employees who won 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 can vote for their favorite float. The float with the most votes from Clearwater guests receives an additional five points toward its overall parade score.

Service organizations and leadership groups can apply online at Entry deadline is Jan. 13, 5 p.m. A complete list of rules is available online at

The Fat Tuesday Parade of Service is scheduled to begin Feb. 21, 7 p.m. on February 21, inside Suquamish Clearwater Casino Resort.

For more information, contact April Leigh at, or visit


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