Meet Seattle Times journalists at BAAMFest on Saturday, July 23, and give feedback on the “Under Our Skin” project.

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Rainier Beach Arts & Music (BAAM) Fest celebrates the multicultural South Seattle neighborhood with music and dance performances, visual arts, spoken word and activities for all ages, Saturday, July 23, at Rainier Beach Community Center Plaza.

The New Revelations Gospel Choir and Duwamish Tribe Elder and Chief Sealth’s fourth-great-grandson Ken Workman open the day’s presentations and performances.

Other performances and events on three stages include Pacific NW Drumline, Seattle Women’s Jazz Orchestra, Somali Community Dancers, School of Rock youth rock band, break-dance world champion Massive Monkees, NW Tap Connection and more.

Rainier Beach BAAMFest

Time: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, July 23

Location: Rainier Beach Community Center Plaza, 8825 Rainier Ave. S., Seattle.


Renton River Days Parade

Time: 10 a.m. Saturday, July 23

Location: South Third Street from Shattuck Avenue to Liberty Park, 1101 Bronson Way N., Renton.


West Seattle Parade

Time: 11 a.m. Saturday, July 23

Location: California Avenue Southwest from Southwest Lander Street to Southwest Edmunds Street, Seattle


Waterland Festival Parade

Time: 6 p.m. Saturday, July 23

Location: Marine View Drive from the Landmark Event Center, 23660 Marine View Drive S., to South 216th Street, Des Moines

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Chinatown Seafair Parade

Time: 7 p.m. Sunday, July 24

Location: South King Street from Eighth Avenue South to Fifth Avenue South, on Weller Avenue South to Eighth Avenue South, Seattle


Create your own graphic novel, take a Zumba class, play on a giant chess set and consider adding a pet to your family from Seattle Humane Society’s Max Mobile. Bouncy houses and art activities keep kids busy, and there will be food trucks, chalk art and other activities for everyone.

Journalists involved in The Seattle Times’ “Under Our Skin” project will be on hand, hosting an interactive, outdoor booth at the event with videos exploring how we talk about race in Seattle. Visitors are invited to add their thoughts and chat with the team behind the project.

PARADES, GALORE: This weekend is also a good opportunity to take in the time-honored summer tradition of a community parade, with several to choose from.

Grab your folding chairs and blankets to sit along the routes of the Renton River Days parade and the West Seattle Grand Parade on Saturday morning. Saturday evening, you can check out the Waterland Festival parade in Des Moines. The Seattle Chinese Girls Drill Team, marching bands and community groups are among the participants in the Chinatown Seafair Parade, winding through the Chinatown International District on Sunday evening.