It's never too late to enter this small-town parade

TUALATIN - It's not too late to return to the 1950s Saturday, Aug. 12, when the Tualatin Crawfish Festival parade winds its way through downtown.

The festival theme is 'Those Happy Days,' and the parade will start at 10 a.m.

There's still time to enter the parade, according to organizers.

Tualatin's annual festival is set for Friday and Saturday, Aug. 11 and 12.

On Saturday, floats will line up in the K-mart parking lot and proceed to Seneca Street, then wrap around Boones Ferry Road and 84th Avenue. The parade will end behind West Coast Bank near the Tualatin Commons.

Kids will ride bicycles decorated with streamers and balloons, while people from businesses such as Hayden's Lakefront Grill and Riverwood Assisted Living Residence will drive extravagant floats reflecting the festival's theme.

The people at Riverwood Assisted Living Residence plan to create a sock hop party bus, complete with records, musical notes and folks in 1950s-style clothing walking alongside the bus.

'People in the parade get so creative,' said parade coordinator Carole Gibbs. 'I just can't wait to see what they come up with.'

Judges will award one entry 'best use of theme' for its creativity in incorporating the 'Those Happy Days' theme into its display.

First-, second- and third-place ribbons will be awarded to floats, horses, automobiles, bike riders, dance teams, mascots and youth organizations plus a 'surprise' award will be presented by Haggen's employees.

Decorating the floats is 'not supposed to be stressful or take a lot of time. People are just supposed to have fun with it,' Gibbs said, noting that most parade entry forms aren't even submitted until a week before the parade.

Gibbs, who has organized the event for seven years, said that people who turn in their registration forms to the Tualatin Chamber of Commerce just three days before the event will have the best spots in the parade.

And spectators who arrive minutes before the 10 a.m. show time are guaranteed prime sidewalk seating.

'You don't have to worry about big crowds or parking,' Gibbs said.

'It's a small-town event, and you get that feel throughout the entire parade.'

Parade entry forms can be found at

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