The Centre’s Our Days parade crosses the city despite the heat wave
Sebastien Rubino / [email protected]
The La Center Our Days Steamboat celebration went off without a hitch on July 29-30 despite a heat wave that affected Clark County and much of the Pacific Northwest.
One of the festival’s key events was the Twilight Parade, which kicked off the festival with floats and vehicles representing various local businesses, organizations and public figures.
Organizer Sam Glackler was impressed by the number of people who attended the parade despite the high temperatures.
“I thought the parade was amazing,” Glackler said. “It just showed that a little warm weather couldn’t stop this little town from coming together and kicking off La Center Our Days. … It was clear that everyone was ready to celebrate as one.
Glackler said organizers almost had to cancel the parade in early July because they didn’t have enough entries for the parade, but La Center Our Days committee chair Makayla Bannister rallied for more. entries and received “an overwhelming response”.
Thanks to the efforts of Bannister and the community, the event was able to return for the first time in three years with the same excitement that resembled pre-pandemic celebrations.
“The 2022 theme these days, ‘Under the Big Top,’ was a hit,” Glackler said. “Businesses, organizations, youth sports and (and) families all showed up in lighted and decorated vehicles ready to entertain spectators along the parade route. I couldn’t believe it.
Glackler said Bannister’s organizational skills and the way she handled the logistics of the event were “top notch”.
“We got so much praise and response on Facebook and people reached out to us and said how awesome the event was. It was clear the community was overdue for such an event,” he said.
Glackler said one entry that stood out for him was Portland’s Power Pep Band float, which carried the brass musicians in a long trailer adorned with flames on the side. He also loved the Lookouts Baseball and Softball Club, “because youth is our future.” Glackler said he hopes younger generations will continue the event as they get older.
Glackler also admired entries from Vantol Dairy, who threw cheese sticks at the crowd; the Streissguth family, who rode vintage fire trucks and threw otters at people; Exit 16 Entrance to the brewery, which handed out drinking koozies; and the Lily Garden float, which distributed flowers.
This year, a few changes have been made on the logistical side of the parade. The route was longer and went from La Center Middle School to La Center Church. He said Bannister “did a spectacular job” managing traffic on the parade route as well.
“I know it was really, really hot,” Glackler said. “He fell, but I think we may have had a situation where one of the members of that cheer group from Oregon may have overheated and needed medical attention, but still once the community responded and was there and took care of whoever it was. has been. Even with the temperatures, everyone was in good spirits, everyone was excited, people were having fun and everyone took it and dealt with it.