Springfield Oregon Christmas Parade
2015 PRESS RELEASE
Celebrate “TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS” in Springfield on December 5th
The Springfield Community Parade Corporation non-profit organization will present the annual community parade “Twelve Days of Christmas” on December 5th at 1 pm in downtown Springfield Oregon. This year marks the 63rd Annual Springfield Christmas Parade!
There is a reason that Springfield can be proud of its 63 year heritage in the annual community parade. The community response is always awesome. Our “community” spans the range from community members in their parade entries to our volunteers who plan and present the parade to our corporate and individual sponsors and partners. It is the biggest annual event in Springfield – and the longest running one! We haven’t missed a year in the parade’s entire 63 year history.
Springfield’s 63rd parade theme is “Twelve Days of Christmas”. Each year, the committee members consider different possibilities for a theme, selecting a theme to be one that our entries can imagine and then envision as they make their plans. This year’s theme offers numerous images that can be part of the kick-off to everyone’s holiday season in the Springfield community.
The 63rd year’s Grand Marshal is a choice to honor a group of folks who have honored and served our regional community as well as our country. The Native American Veterans Color Guard have been selected to serve as our Grand Marshal. Their members are 14 veterans. Not only have they served our country in active service many years ago, but they continue to serve in the community. On numerous occasions throughout the past several years, the Veterans Color Guard has presented the colors at ceremonies, pow-wows, memorials, and events, just to name a few. They represent veterans of all branches of the service, those who came home and those who did not. They honor all the sacrifices of veterans and their friends and families with their continued and distinguished service and commitment to our community. We are excited and grateful to have The Native American Veterans Color Guard as our 2015 Grand Marshal.
And, of course, through SUB’s elves and their secret contacts, Santa Claus has promised to visit the parade again this year. He will escort the finish of the parade and usher in our holiday season.
Other items of interest
Brief parade history:
Through 63 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, since 2003, the parade has been 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, scheduled to be held at Two Rivers/Dos Rios Elementary School, 1084 G Street in Springfield.
WE WANT YOU!
Entry information for this year’s parade is available on our website. Entry deadline is November 15th. www.springfieldchristmasparade.org. 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 another fabulous community parade this 63rd year! Thank you, Springfield, for the honor and privilege of being able to bring the parade to you every December. Happy 63rd!
Springfield Community Parade Corporation “Springfield Christmas Parade”
Board of Directors
Marilee Woodrow, President and Parade Chairman
William Jensen, Vice President; Cheryl Criswell, Secretary; Ron Vincent, Treasurer
and Volunteer Committee
For information, questions, and entries, contact us at 541-988-0955
e-mail – firstname.lastname@example.org
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