Weekend Highlight

With Veterans Day coming up on Monday, Nov. 11, the city of Auburn will be hosting its 54th annual Veterans Day parade on Saturday, Nov. 9.

If you can’t make a trip down south, check out the Northwest Chocolate Festival happening Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 9-10, at the Pier 91 Smith Cove Cruise Terminal for a sweet time.

Veterans Day Parade & Observance

Observe and celebrate Veterans Day in Auburn at a parade with more than 200 units and nearly 6,000 participants. Auburn is designated by the Veterans Day National Committee and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs as a regional site for celebration of Veterans Day 2019.

The parade focuses on honoring the country’s veterans and active military personnel. The lineup includes over 25 high-school marching bands, military vehicles, veterans’ units, honor guards and more. The parade route travels along Main Street from E Street to A Street. Spectators are welcome to bring folding chairs and flags.

Before the parade begins at 11 a.m., see the remembrance ceremony and lighting of the flame. A flame will be lit and guarded through the night at the Veterans Memorial at Veterans Memorial Park, 411 E. St. N.E. Observe the wreath placement, rifle salute, prayers and taps from 9:45 to 10:15 a.m.

In addition to the parade, check out the static display and exhibit showcase on South Division Street from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Visit information booths and displays of military equipment and vehicles.

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Along the parade route, there will also be a curb competition for additional entries wanting to honor veterans. Awards will be given to the best curb appeal, most patriotic and best salute to veterans.

Veterans will have the opportunity to meet and socialize with fellow veterans at the Auburn VFW Post #1741’s open house at 1525 A St. N.E., #107, from 1 to 5 p.m. Food and refreshments will be provided.

Northwest Chocolate Festival

Indulge in the sweetness of chocolate brought to you by exhibitors from 20 different countries at the Northwest Chocolate Festival. From classic milk chocolate to gooey molten chocolate cakes and more, you can try handmade chocolate products, learn more about the sweet ingredient and hear from chocolate makers and experts.

On the main exhibit floor, you can taste chocolate from around the world at the global showcase. You’ll also have the opportunity to meet cacao farmers, take a cooking class and sample chocolate-and-drink pairings.

Local chocolate makers will also be joining in on the sweetness including Theo Chocolate, the Seattle Chocolate Company and Jcoco.

Single-day, weekend and VIP passes are available for purchase online or at the door. VIP passes include a gift bag with select bars of chocolate from festival sponsors and early access to the show floor at 9 a.m.

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Veterans Day Parade & Observance

Hours: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9

Location: East Main Street, Auburn

Cost: free

More info: auburnwa.gov

Northwest Chocolate Festival

Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 9-10; special 9 a.m. entrance for those with VIP passes both days

Location: Smith Cove Cruise Terminal at Pier 91, 2001 W. Garfield St., Seattle

Cost: $25-$35/single-day pass; $10/youth ages 12-17; $50/weekend pass; $95-$125/VIP pass

More info: nwchocolate.com