Thousands walk the streets of downtown Everett with cameras in hand at Cruzin’ to Colby in Everett in 2022. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Thousands walk the streets of downtown Everett with cameras in hand at Cruzin’ to Colby in Everett in 2022. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Everett’s Cruzin’ to Colby car show is ‘place to play on Memorial Day’

And it’s free! Last year’s event drew 50,000 people downtown to see hundreds of gleaming hot rods and cool cars.

EVERETT — Brake for old car envy in downtown Everett on Sunday and Monday, when hundreds of vintage beauties roll into town.

The car show Cruzin’ to Colby has been a tradition for over two decades.

The motto: “It’s the place to play on Memorial Day.”

It’s all free to see.

Classic, muscle and modern cars cruise the streets in a Sunday parade, and on Monday, park for people to admire.

“Cars include a ‘47 Buick, ‘34 Ford Coupe, ‘49 Lincoln and lots of 1960s muscle cars, because 1960 to ’69 was a really big era for muscle cars,” organizer Scott Pattison said.

About 600 cars are expected for the controlled cruise 6-9 p.m. Sunday along Colby and Hewitt avenues.

“There will be a car stereo sound-off during the cruise on Wetmore at Hewitt,” Pattison said.

You don’t have to hold your ears.

“It’s more about the clarity of the sound, not how loud it sounds,” he said.

The “show and shine” is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, with 700 to 800 cars on display.

“It’s a great opportunity to engage with classic car owners,” Pattison said. “These people put a lot of work into their cars and have a lot of pride and appreciate people coming out.”

There will be food vendors and live music.

“This year we added a kids zone on Wall Street with bounce houses and games,” he said.

The event is run by volunteers. Pattison hopes to raise over $35,000 for local charities from sponsors and vendors.

You might have trouble finding a parking space.

“We were north of 50,000 people for the weekend last year,” he said.

This is the 23rd year for the car show. COVID-19 canceled it in 2020, but there was a last-minute neighborhood cruise when drivers cruised north Everett and residents watched the spectacle from their yards and front porches.

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