Beaverton Celebration Parade marches ahead

September 2, 2012 by  

For residents of Beaverton, Oregon, the annual Beaverton Celebration Parade will make its usual appearance this month. Unusually, however, the parade will be taking an alternate route this year.

The parade will leave the corner of Allen Boulevard and Wilson Avenue, going down Erickson Avenue, turning onto 5th Street and passing the Library, then ending at Griffith Park right by City Hall.

Local athletes will be the grand marshals this year, one of which will be Mariel Zagunis, the medal-winning fencer. The parade will feature floats, mascots, and award-winning marching bands. The parade’s theme was created by a Beaverton resident, Laurette McGee ,and will be The Many Faces of Beaverton.

Beaverton has a diverse population, filled with successful businesses and has been presented with numerous awards, such as being named by Money magazine in the list of 100 best places to live in America. Other fun annual events held in Beaverton are Picnic in the Park, Pooches on the Greens, and a tree lighting in December.

Beginning this year at 10:00 am on September 8, the parade has been around since 1957 and this year will mark the 55th running. The popular Beaverton event brings crowds from surrounding areas to see the fantastic floats and bands and has become a favorite community tradition. Print companies have probably already finished the banner printing for the annual parade. More information can be found on the Beaverton website, along with a map of the parade route and a parade entry form for those wishing to participate.