Springfield Christmas Parade may be on again

As of today, the Springfield Annual Christmas Parade might be back on again. Today the City of Springfield is holding a meeting to discuss permits and other things needed to pull off the parade.

Posted: Oct 25, 2017 6:15 AM
Updated: Oct 25, 2017 6:15 AM

SPRINGFIELD, Ore -- As of today, the Springfield Annual Christmas Parade might be back on again. 

Today the City of Springfield is holding a meeting to discuss permits and other things needed to pull off the parade. 

If they get the green light at today's meeting, more than 10,000 people will be lining these streets on December 2nd to watch the 65th Annual Christmas Parade. 

The discussion to bring back the parade comes after the unexpected announcement last month to cancel the parade due to the lack of volunteers. 

Volunteers with the Oregon Rider's Society stepped in to help. They are a motorcycle group that rides for kids with cancer and special needs in Lane County. 

Event Manager Tonya Blakely said that the event wouldn't be possible without the support of the community. 

 "It is a very large undertaking and all the families are being very supportive of the continued efforts to make this happen," Blakely said. "We've had a huge outpouring with all the Facebook posts and all the emails of people who are absolutely ecstatic. We're being told that we're saving Christmas." 

There are still a few thing needed before they can start planning. The route needs to be cleared with local police and ODOT. They also need to make sure they have the proper insurance and the funds needed to cover the cost of the event. 

Blakely will be meeting with city officials today at 11:00 a.m. to get the final permission to start organizing the parade. 

 

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