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Celebration Parade embraces city's diversity

Beaverton traditions winds through downtown Saturday

Photo Credit: TIMES FILE PHOTO: ADAM WICKHAM - Representatives from the Indonesian Community of Oregon will return to the 57th annual Beaverton Celebration Parade on Saturday.It's time to celebrate in Beaverton.

The pageantry of the 57th annual Beaverton Celebration Parade returns to the heart of downtown on Saturday beginning at 10 a.m.

Area high school marching bands, colorful floats and civic and cultural organizations will be cheered on by spectators as they wind their way along city streets.

Parade entries will reflect this year's theme, "A World in Our City," submitted by Beaverton resident Joseph Gonzalez.

As part of this year's festivities, a 5K Family Fun Run/Walk will be held just before the parade at 7:30 a.m. This year's 5K Family Fun Run/Walk helps support the Beaverton Police Activities League. Runners and walkers can register online at beavertonfunrun.com.

This year’s parade also features a Pooch Parade.

The Celebration Parade began in 1957 and has grown into a community tradition.

“The Beaverton Celebration Parade is a fun way for organizations to show their community spirit and be part of one of the city’s signature events,” said Mayor Denny Doyle. “Each year, I’m amazed at the creativity and hard work that have been put into the entries. I look forward to seeing what’s in store for this year’s event.

"This year's theme reflects Beaverton's character and diversity. You can experience world-class ethnic foods, arts and culture right here in Beaverton."

For more information about the 2014 Celebration Parade or to see pictures from previous Celebration Parades, visit BeavertonOregon.gov/Parade.

Pooch Parade opens celebration

The city of Beaverton, with the support of the Oregon Humane Society, will host the city’s first Pooch Parade prior to the start of Beaverton Celebration Day on Saturday at 10 a.m.

Participants are instructed to meet at the corner of Allen Boulevard and Menlo Drive prior to 10 a.m. The Pooch Parade is limited to the first 100 to sign up and will consist of a 1.5-mile parade route.

The parade will feature the winners of the Beaverton First Friday Doggie Dress-Up contest.

For more information or to sign up, visit BeavertonOregon.gov/Parade.

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