July 4 parade honors firefighters

Trucks will carry combined 200 years of firefighting experience

June 29, 2005

Hood River County fire department personnel are there when you need them. Day or night they extinguish fires, assist at vehicle accidents and rescue people.

Therefore, the Hood River Lions Club and the Heights Business Association will honor fire fighters from Parkdale to Cascade Locks as the grand marshals of the Hood River 4th of July parade.

This year’s parade will begin at 10 a.m. on July 4 at its usual location of 12th and Pacific streets and finish at Jackson Park where more Independence Day festivities will be held.

Leading the parade will be the customary color guard presenting the American Flag followed by a fire truck with representatives from all the Hood River County fire departments on board.

Organizations, businesses and individuals have a good reason for participating in the parade and putting their best foot forward in terms of decorations and performance. That’s because the Hood River Heights Business Association will again be handing out prizes for the best entry in several different categories.

“We would like more music and rhythm groups,” stated parade chairperson Tom Yates. Organizations and entries from outside the Hood River Valley are welcome to participate.

In Jackson Park starting at noon, the national anthem will be played and the American Flag hoisted. The Hood River Fire Department will serve their usual tasty barbecue along with other food vendors. Performing in the park will be the Gorge Winds and the White Salmon Jazz Band. The music, which starts at 11:30 a.m., is sponsored by Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital.

Earlier in the day, the annual Joe Kollas Run will take place from Mid-Valley Elementary School in Odell to Jackson Park. Registration at the school begins at 7 a.m. with walkers beginning their route at 8 a.m. and runners starting at 9 a.m.

Parade entries can begin their line-up on Pacific and Eighth streets starting at 8:30 a.m. All vehicles should enter the parade route from Elliot Street next to Nelson Tire and turn left on Eighth Street. The line-up area on Pacific is a one-way route westbound.

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