With the theme of “Hood River Together,” the men and women in the police and sheriff departments of Hood River County will be the grand marshals in the Lions Club July 4 Independence Day parade.
“Hood River Together” not only fits the Lions motto of “We Serve,” but also all types of people in the county of 22,000. The world-wide Lions Clubs have just finished celebrating 100 Years of serving.
The parade starts at 10 a.m. under the direction of Veteran Service Officer Tricia Stevens. The parade starts at Pacific and 12th streets, going north along 12th Street to May Street, then west past Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital to Jackson Park. At noon, with assistance of the Boy Scout the America, the U.S. flag will be raised.
Parade entries can be obtained at the start of the parade route at Elliot and Eighth streets. Entries are charged a nominal fee of $10 to cover insurance, security and music.
Prizes will be awarded for the best entries representing businesses, non-profit organizations, music groups and children’s organizations.
“The Beat Goes On” band will be making its fourth appearance in the parade and also in Jackson Park, along with the musical group “Boka Marimba,” which will be on stage beginning at 12:45 p.m. to around 2 p.m.
In Jackson Park after the parade, there will be a bounce house for the young people and food and fun for purchase.
The Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum (WAAAM) will provide a flyover of vintage planes at the start of the parade.
Application forms and parade rules are posted at www.hoodriverlionsclub.org. Completed registration forms should be turned in between 8:30 a.m. and the 10 a.m. start of the parade at Eighth Street and Sieverkropp Drive on the Hood River Heights.
The Hood River Fire Department will do its annual barbecue hamburger/hot dog meal, along with refreshments from other vendors. The vendor fee is $25 and spaces are limited. Please register by calling 541-400-4444.
Late in the evening, at 10 p.m., the Eyeopener Lions Club will provide another one of its fireworks displays that will last about 30 minutes. The display can be seen at the riverfront property of the Port of Hood River or virtually any other location around Hood River or White Salmon/Bingen.
Individuals and businesses wishing to provide funds for the fireworks display should send their tax-deductible donations to Lions Fireworks, 1761 12th St. No. 136, Hood River, OR 97031.