Duwamish River Festival / Festival del Río Duwamish

12th Annual Duwamish River Festival occurred on Saturday August 18th 2018
The Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition/TAG hosted the 12th Annual Duwamish River Festival. We would like to thank all our sponsors, volunteers, booth hosts and the wonderful groups that shared their talents. We are very pleased to announce that we had 30 volunteers throughout the day take shifts, working hard for the 800 attendees.
We invited Onion Carrillo back to be Mistress of Ceremonies and she gracefully spoke to the crowd in both Spanish and English and gifted music and poetry in between cultural presentations. DRCC Director and Coordinator James Rasmussen opened the event and invited Cecile Hansen, Duwamish Tribal Chairwoman of the Duwamish Tribe, to do a welcoming.
Next, Mayor Jenny Durkan give a brief speech on Equity and Environmental Justice. She made sure to recognize that we are on Duwamish territory, and mentioned that she will work hard for South Park and Georgetown.
After the Mayor spoke, Danza Azteca Kalpuli Tlaloktehkuhtli, a local South Park group, presented 2 dances to the festival.
We were very pleased to have Los Chapitos del Rancho perform. Los Chapitos are members of the Duwamish Valley Youth Corp. Local youth Alex and Noel sang popular corrido songs.
We had other cultural presentations such as:
Hula and Tahitian Dancing from Huratai Mana;
Somali Dancing presented by Somali Community Services of Seattle;
Ai Qing Vietnamese dancing;
Thai Classical Music and Dance.
Local community leader DeSean Quinn spoke and highlighted the importance of Diversity.
We then had cultural presentations for the duration of programing.
We had FAGOW share Bhutanese Dancing and Guatemala Folklore of Amigos de Seattle. We invited back a crowd favorite, Baile Folklorico Angeles de Mexico.
The first ever Cargill Blomberg Award was granted to George Blomberg and Dan Cargill for their excellence advocating for a thorough cleanup. Both Blomberg from Port of Seattle and Cargill of The Washington State Department of Ecology have given over 30 years of excellence service. The Blomberg Cargill Award was created and presented by James Rasmussen, Director and Coordinator of the Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition/ TAG.
Of course, we closed the festival with a bang and the Chaotic Noise Marching band.
This year we had fun activities like:
Bicycle Smoothies hosted by ROAR;
Story Time featuring author Jeffry Cheatham II of “Why is Jane So Mad?”;
Coloring Fans and free craft time all day;
Face Painting by Amanda and Jackie;
and Balloon Animals created by Mike.
We had a total of 44 information booths hosted by:
Port of Seattle;
United HealthCare Comm Plan;
Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition/Technical Advisory Group;
Friends of Georgetown History;
Duwamish Valley Youth Corps;
Duwamish Valley Affordable Housing Coalition;
South Park Information and Resource Center;
Seattle Office of Sustainability & Environment;
Environmental Coalition of South Seattle;
Wet Weather Treatment Division;
Seattle Public Utilities;
Duwamish Infrastructure Restoration Training Corps;
Brick Tree;
King County Noxious Weeds;
Puget Sound Clean Air Agency;
Duwamish Valley Safe Streets;
Seattle Neighborhood Group;
Duwamish Tribe;
Imperfect Produce;
Latino Community Fund;
King County Metro;
Puget Sound Keeper;
Duwamish Rowing Club;
Washington Environmental Council;
Woodland Park Zoo;
Duwamish Alive Coalition;
Parks Department Environmental Education;
Seattle Aquarium;
ROAR/ Bicycle Smoothies;
Asian Counseling and Referral Services;
WA Department of Ecology;
EPA/King County Health;
Lockheed Martin;
SeaMar Community Health Services;
Seattle Office of Emergency Preparation;
South Park Library;
Seattle Tilth/ Garden Hotline;
U.S. Forest Service;
Sustainable Seattle;
South Park Senior Center;
South Park Community Center;
Seattle Police Department;
Fire Truck Department;

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11th Annual Celebration “All Water Connects”

Our 11th Annual Duwamish River Festival was a very fun event

Highlights For 2017:  

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Bicycle smoothies hosted by ROAR

Face painting by Jackeline Lopez,

Kayak tours by Alki Kayak tours

Fun interactive booths and raffles throughout the day.

We had many new talents for 2017 and favorites from past festivals. The program was Mc’d by the lovely Onion Carrillo MSW. She started hosting and organizing Ladies First shows for Communities Against Rape and Abuse in 2002. She was the founder of Ladies First, a Seattle based arts collective focused on using art as a tool for healing and liberation. Onion was also published as a co-author in The Color of Violence INCITE anthology for a piece called Taking Risks: Implementing Grassroots Community Accountability Strategies. She formerly served the Board of Directors for Open Arms Prenatal Services. She has practiced as a doula. Onion received her MSW from the University of Washington. She was formerly the Maternity Support Services Program Manager where she fostered interdisciplinary practices by managing teams of Social Workers, Registered Nurses, Community Health Workers and Infant Case Managers in each of her clinics. Onion is currently on the Board of Prevention and Treatment of Traumatic Childbirth (P.A.T.T.Ch.) and the Burien Chair for the Homeschool Support Association. She really made the day special and we are so thankful for her presence.

FREE LUNCH for 400 people from our local Restaurant MUY MACHO Mexican Restaurant and Momma Bears Indian Tacos

A big thank you to Spanish and Vietnamese interpreters Paulina Lopez and Peter Quenguyen

Special thanks to ELECTED OFFICIALS who were able to stop by:

Joe McDermott – King county Council Chair
Fred Felleman – Port of Seattle Commissioner
Lisa Herbold – Seattle City Council First district of West Seattle

We had 47 booths.

We had many sponsors this year such as

City of Seattle -SCL Seattle City Light

Port of Seattle

Seattle Parks Foundation

King County Wastewater Treatment Division

Washington State Department of Ecology

The Environmental Protection Agency

ECOSS for Co Hosting

Anchor QEA

Washington Chain and Supply and Waste Management

Duwamish Alive!

Food Lifeline, Food Lifeline

King County Metro

Nature Conservancy

Puget Sound Clean Air Agency

Recology CleanScapes

Seattle Aquarium

Seattle Dept. of Transportation

US Forest Service Department of Agriculture

University of Wash -EDGE Center for Ecogenetics and Environmental Health

Washington Chain and Supply

We had 13 amazing performances performances.

Opening from the Duwamish Tribe
Historical reenactment by FOGHI Friends of Georgetown History

We also had Vietnamese Dancing again from our Vietnamese community and Zumba!

Angeles de Mexico Baile Folklórico

Huraiti Mana Hula and Tahitian dancing

Bopha Lokei Cambodian dancing

Thai Classical Music and Dance Seattle

Rise Up Action Marching Band ( featured in honk fest)

Madcap Pusher

Hagucha Garinga from Honduras

Amigos de Seattle Guatemala Folklore

Danza Azteca Kalpulli Tlaloktekuhtli

Chaotic Noise Marching Band
We also want to especially thank Ron Hudson for being our Sound Engineer. Without him our festival would have been incomplete.
The day ended with a big bang by Lucha Libre Volcánica.

We hope you enjoyed learning about the 2017 Duwamish River Festival, and had fun in the process!



Thank you for celebrating the 10th Anniversary!  For Upload 2

Thank you for joining us in celebrating the festival’s 10th year!  It was a great day full of sunshine, community, information, and cultural celebration!  It was a truly great day.

Check out what the day included:

  • 44 booths full of games and celebration and three art activities
  • 11 cultural celebrations and performances
  • Over 50 volunteers
  • 700 attendees and 424 meals given away
  • 97 degrees, one misting tent, and countless bags of ice

Check out the photos from the day!  We are already looking forward to the next festival!

Contact Hannah at hannah – at – duwamishcleanup.org if you have feedback or questions!

Thank you to all of our amazing sponsors and booth hosts!

Golden Eagle ($1500+)
Lush Cosmetics  Boeing   Port of Seattle   King County   Environmental Coalition of South SeattleCity of SeattleRose Foundation for Communities and the Environment   Washington State Department of Ecology



Sea Lion ($1000+)

Sea Mar Community Health Centers Anchor QEASeattle Parks Foundation



Osprey ($750+)

Food Lifeline  Alki Kayak Tours  Washington Chain & Supply  Waste Management



Harbor Seal ($500+)

Puget Soundkeeper Alliance   Molina Healthcare



Great Blue Heron ($250+)

Puget Sound Clean Air Agency  Seattle Aquarium  Recology CleanScapes  Seattle Department of Transportation  King County Metro



River Otter ($150+)

South Park Branch of the Seattle Public Library, UnitedHealthcare Community Plan, The Garden HotlineSolid Ground and Marra FarmDuwamish Alive Coalition, Master Composters Soil Builders, Center for Environmental Law and Policy, South Park Retail Merchants Association



Thank you for making 2014 our biggest Duwamish River Festival yet!

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It was a beautiful day to  celebrate our communities and our River!

This year at the festival:

  • We hosted about 1300 + attendees who enjoyed food, informational and interactive booths, kayak and boat tours,
  • We received the help and support of about 100 amazing volunteers.
  • We were able to host a waste free event.  Thank you Ecoss for your support..  that this is the best waste sorting event of this size—with 1300 people we had less than 1 bin of garbage, and practically no contamination (things in wrong bins)! A great example to replicate elsewhere.
  • We were able to provide about 1200 delicious and free tacos from our local restaurant Muy Macho.
  • In conjunction with South Park Arts, we had LIVE ART for the first time at our Festival featuring our River and wildlife!
  • We were able to raffle off about 25 different gifts from Macklemore baskets, to museum tickets and memberships.
  • We conducted a survey in three different languages ( Spanish, English and Vietnamese to ask how can we improve the Festival and got about 200 responses.

Have a look at our photo album from the 2014 festival.

THANK YOU SO MUCH for everyone’s valuable contribution and support. See you next year!

2013 Duwamish River Festival and Lucha Libre In The Park

Last year’s River festival and Lucha Libre In The Park brought great entertainment, river tours, raffle prizes, luchadores, and important cleanup information to the Duwamish River Valley.  Just a few highlights from the sunny, summer festival:

  • Over 2,000 people attended the festival and Lucha Libre In The Park and learned, shared stories and celebrated the ongoing cleanup of the Duwamish River and the valley’s diverse communities!
  • Representative Zack Hudgins attended the event, handed out raffle prizes, and talked about the need for a thorough cleanup of the Duwamish River to protect our health and our children.  Let’s make it happen, Rep. Hudgins!
  • More than 1,000 delicious burritos and hot dogs were devoured by festival attendees.
  • Musicians and dancers representing the diverse and rich cultures of the Duwamish Valley performed for happy crowds.
  • Over 35 community groups, businesses, non-profits, clubs, tribes and local, regional and federal agencies had interactive and educational booths about the river cleanup and community health.

See the pictures of the event here  (thanks, Reynaldo Martínez, for being our amazing photographer for the event!)

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Special thanks to the people that made this year’s festival and Lucha Libre In The Park a reality:

Thank you to our 2013 sponsors:

Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition/TAG, Environmental Coalition of South Seattle, Port of Seattle, Seattle Public Utilities, The Boeing Company, Environmental Protection Agency, South Park Arts, City of Seattle Office of Arts and Culture, King County Wastewater Treatment Division, Puget Soundkeeper Alliance, Washington State Department of Ecology, Alki Kayak Tours & Adventures Center, Anchor QEA LLC, EnviroIssues, Sea Mar Community Health Centers, The South Park News & West Seattle Blog, Center for Ecogenetics & Environmental Health, CleanScapes Inc., Eco-Logica Magazine, Seattle Aquarium, Washington State Department of Health, Fonte Coffee, Forterra, Noise w/o Sound, Public Health – Seattle & King County, Puget Sound Sage, South Seattle Community College, The Garden Hotline, Urban Press, Washington Environmental Council, Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs, World Dance Party and Worker Center.

Planning committee:

Alberto J. Rodríguez (DRCC/TAG),  Angie Hong (DRCC/TAG), Bill Pease (ECOSS), Elizabeth Loudon (ECOSS),  Hollis Riggins (South Park), Kris Larson (ATSDR), Laura West (DRCC/TAG),  Marilyn Hair (Center for Ecogenetics and Environmental Health – UW), Molly Mastel (ATSDR), Paulina López (DRCC/TAG),  Randy Wiger (Seattle Parks and Recreation), Robert Sullinger Jr. (Boeing) and Wafa Tafesh (DRCC/TAG).

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Too many to name each and every single one of you… but you know who you are.   Your help is what made of this event a successful one!

 Duwamish River Festival 2012

Last year hundreds of people, young and old, came out to celebrate the cleanup and restoration of the Duwamish River.   View photos.