[nggallery id=147] On Friday night, the Annexation Celebration on the north end of Juanita Beach Park was a festive event culminating a week-long series of City of Kirkland-sponsored events. City departments including a big display of vehicles by the KPD, were strutting their stuff, informing the public of the services they provide and answering questions from the newly-minted Kirkland citizens. Of particular interest for the young boys in the crowd were the police vehicles parked in center field.
Everyone was friendly, informative and smiles were visible throughout the park.
Of course, the warm sunshine also helped contribute to the festive atmosphere as people relaxed, listened to the music of local school bands and Back Burner.
After a round of welcoming words from various elected officials on the city, county and state level, the Kirkland City Council donned aprons and served strawberry shortcake to the crowds. Following the public servant service, the entertainment portion of the evening commenced.
The Annexation Celebration was a fitting way to celebrate this community event.
It had that intangible quality so rare in city life: that small town feel.