The Original Anacortes Waterfront Festival

1949 Marineers' Pageant

The 1949 Marineer’s Pageant followed the successful formula of the seven previous Anacortes festivals: parade with various floats and marching units, water shows at the Marine Stadium on the east shore of Cap Sante, jalopy races at the track located between 11th and 13th Streets east of Commercial Avenue, tours of naval vessels – in 1949 it was the aircraft carrier USS Rendova - and the selection of Pageant Royalty, which for 1949 was Queen Norine Chiabai and princesses Ardelle Rock and Roberta Sullivan. A Kiddie Parade featured Cheryl Deane on a Fidalgo Fun float pulled by Ron Pinson. As reported in the Anacortes American, “despite earlier rain the streets became nearly dry during the course of the parade and spectators prepared for a drenching were pleasantly surprised.”