The 61st Springfield Christmas Parade

A Storybook Christmas Parade Springfield Oregon


Springfield Community Parade 2013 PRESS RELEASE

Have “A Storybook Christmas!”

The Springfield Community Parade Corporation non-profit organization will present the annual community parade “A Storybook Christmas!” on December 7th at 1 pm. This year marks the 61st Annual Springfield Christmas Parade!

“The theme selected for this year’s parade is appropriately matched to our Grand Marshal. This year’s Grand Marshal is Dr. Nancy Golden, retired Superintendent of SPS District #19 and Oregon’s current interim Chief Education Officer,” describes Marilee Woodrow, President and Chairman of the Springfield parade, on behalf of the SCPC.

“We know that one of Nancy’s favorite pleasures is reading to children. We know she made frequent times in the schools to have a chance to read a book to her students. We also know she enjoys the same with her grandchildren. “A Storybook Christmas” seemed the perfect way to honor our appreciation that Nancy championed how vital reading is for our schools, families, and community. And, too, what fun it can be!”

Since 2004, Nancy has volunteered to be a parade entry judge. She has been a strong suppoter of the parade tradition in Springfield with just one special request that is typically Nancy. She asked not to be in the position of having to judge between any of her individual schools’ entries or bands. Of course, that request was easy to accommodate and for the last decade, we have enjoyed Dr. Golden’s presence and enthusiasm on parade day.

We are honored to have her as the 2013 Grand Marshal and goodwill ambassador of the 61st Annual Springfield Christmas Parade.

The parade this year falls on December 7th. We will be trying to locate some Community Heroes who should be recognized on that significant date.

Through those 61 years, the Springfield Christmas Parade has gained the notable reputation of being the “oldest and coldest” (and sometimes “wettest”) parade in Oregon. There have been some years of sunny and dry weather, but so far the “damper and frostier” reputation still maintains.

The parade began in 1953 with the majority of the floats being handmade and a “family affair”. Through the years, floats and decorated cars, lots of decorated horses and other animals, along with the marching units of bands and dancers, and more, have all entered in the community spirit of our awesome parade. Handmade and family entries are still as much a part of the parade today as the more detailed and fancier floats. In 1954, “Santa and Reindeer to Visit Springfield” made the headlines of the local paper. In 1955, there were 26 floats – compared to recent numbers of almost 100 entries. The parade has continued consistently each year all the way up to today.
Many community efforts have focused on keeping the parade up and going through the years. Previously staged by the Springfield Chamber of Commerce, for the past 10 years the parade is the yearlong project of the Springfield Community Parade Corporation’s Parade Board and Committee of volunteers. It opens the holiday season in Springfield for our local families, friends and all the children on the first Saturday in December, typically to a crowd of 8-10,000 lining the parade route.
The Tuba Carol Concert will hold its annual free concert at noon on parade day.
Please go to our website to download the entry form for this year’s parade. Entry deadline is November 15th. If you have any questions, please call 541.988.0955.

We are always looking for new volunteers. If you would like to volunteer to help with the parade, please contact us at 541.988.0955.

We look forward to the best parade ever this 61st year! Thank you, Springfield, for the honor and privilege of being able to bring the parade to you every December. Happy 61st!

Springfield Community Parade Corporation
“Springfield Christmas Parade”
Board of Directors
Marilee Woodrow, President and Parade Chairman
Cheryl Criswell, Secretary
Ron Vincent, Treasurer
and Directors June Garcia, Bill Jensen, and Jamon Kent
and Parade Committee Members : Stacey Doll, John Sugar, Jin Plummer, Byron Vanderpool

For information, questions, and entries, contact us at 541-988-0955
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