Parade promotes community engagement
The sun was shining, a breeze was blowing, candy was flying through the air as thousands lined the streets for the 60th annual Beaverton Celebration Parade on Saturday, Sept. 9.
Bill and Sherry Leise, who live along the parade route, have attended about 50 of the 60 Celebration parades. They've watched the parade grow substantially over the years.
The Leises, who were joined on the sidewalk by their children and grandchildren, said they enjoy the neighborhood get-together and the bands. Their grandson Marcus Terry, 2, couldn't contain his excitement as he ran up and down the street in anticipation of the police motorcycles heading his way as they led off the parade.
Along the parade route Chuck Hetrick served up free barbecued chicken, hotdogs and ribs.
"I've cooked all my life," Hetrick said. "I was married to women who couldn't cook."
He said he provided the free barbecue because otherwise he gets bored. "I could get on the roof and shoot people or I can barbecue – barbecuing is better," he said as he laughed and served up a hotdog to a parade-goer.
Beaverton Police Officers Ben Howard and Chris Crosslin said the parade went off without a hitch.
"There were no issues," Howard said. "The smoke cleared out and it was not too hot."
Jordan and Brittany Kell of Cedar Hills called the parade a "good family outing" that provides entertainment for their two children who love to see the police and firefighters.
Hawaiian dancers and unicyclists wowed the crowd of all ages as they showcased their skills.
Hildar Adcox attended the parade for the sixth time with her granddaughter Briar Cooper who used to participate in the parade with the Beaverton High School marching band until she graduated last year. This year, she was looking forward to seeing her brother in the parade with his Cub Scout troop.
"It's fun to be a part of a community that does these kinds of things," Cooper said.
A self-described "parade fanatic," Heather Guthrie and her family attended for the third year. She especially likes the Beaverton Celebration Parade because the library float comes through and gives the children used books.
Crystal and Everett Chinowth attended the parade for the first time with their two children Greyson, 3 and Lennon, 11 months, who was all smiles as she watched the activity around her.
Down the street, Ambrose Greenfield , 4, of Beaverton was looking forward to hearing the music and seeing the marching bands perform. His mother Laura Greenfield said Ambrose loves the first-responders, the floats and the music.
Beaverton Mayor Denny Doyle, joined by his wife and grandchildren, passed candy out to children who were ready with bags to collect all of their loot.
A convoy of police vehicles drove the route as law enforcement professionals tossed candy and gum into the crowds and the American Legion followed suit.
Grand Marshals Dave and Christine Vernier were ahead of the Beaverton City Council float. Councilor Lacey Beaty greeted attendees with her new infant daughter in her carrier.
Actors from the Beaverton Civic Theatre showed up in full regalia, among a sea of floats.
The parade day events kicked off with a 5K at 9 a.m. followed by the annual parade that came to a close at about noon.