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Pacific Days to unfold this weekend

Pacific Days – a free three-day celebration with families and kids in mind – opens Friday at Pacific City Park, 600 3rd Ave. SE.

The festival hours are 4-9 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Sunday.

Pacific Days features many family-friendly activities, including games, inflatable slides, the crowning of Miss Pacific Princess, a kids parade, the Grand Parade and music and entertainment.

The kids parade begins at 6:15 p.m. Friday with children riding their decorated bikes down 3rd Avenue Southeast in the Best Decorated Bicycle Contest. Saturday's annual Grand Parade also runs along 3rd Avenue, from Frontage Park to Pacific City Park, beginning at 10 a.m.

Home Depot will be on site with its wood-building projects for kids of all ages.

There also will be more than 60 arts and crafts vendors, as well as raffles, food booths and a car bash.

Food donations will be accepted at the Pacific Partnerships booth.

Ned, Taco Time Northwest’s iconic cactus mascot, will join the manager and staff of the South Auburn Taco Time in the Pacific Days Grand Parade on Saturday.

Ned will accompany Taco Time Manager Miranda Smith, who has worked at Taco Time for more than 10 years, and several of the restaurant’s employees to pass out coupons and candy during the parade. After the parade, Ned will be at Taco Time, 4003 A St. SE in Auburn, to meet guests and take photos.

For more information on Pacific Days, including a map to the Pacific City Park, visit www.pacificpartnerships.org.

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