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69th annual Springfield Christmas Parade returns

"I think it brings us together and just shows the spirit of the community and the season. It's been a long time since we've been able to get out and celebrate anything."

Posted: Dec 4, 2021 4:07 AM
Updated: Dec 5, 2021 3:25 AM

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- Thousands of community members came together for the 2021 Springfield Christmas Parade -- coined the "oldest and coldest."

"It's packed. There's so many people out here because of the great weather," Pleasant Hill resident Ken Haley said.

Organizers say the parade is in its 69th year and is hosted by the Oregon Riders Society.

The parade followed its pre-pandemic route -- 21st St and Olympic St, down Mohawk Blvd to Main St.

Community members cheered as Santa Claus, decorated cars, horses and nearly 90 floats passed by.

"I think it brings us together and just shows the spirit of the community and the season," Oakridge resident Rustie Ackland said. "It's been a long time since we've been able to get out and celebrate anything."

Last year, floats lined the street while cars drove by. However, this year the parade returned to its traditional style.

"I like finally being able to get out of the house and being around other people," Lebanon resident Stephennie Brooling said. "Especially we're still able to social distance."

Matt Davis is a member of the Oregon Riders Society.

"Seeing the kids is definitely why I'm doing this."

The parade honored people of service this year with a superhero theme.

The parade took place Saturday, Dec. 4 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

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