Edgewater on the Tualatin's annual parades getting better every year

by: BARBARA SHERMAN - PATRIOTIC NEIGHBORHOOD - Parade participants of all ages kick off the Edgewater on the Tualatin's Fourth of July parade with a loop around the roundabout.The fifth annual Fourth of July Parade in Edgewater on the Tualatin was the biggest and best to date.

More than 350 people participated in the parade that wound through the subdivision and ended at King City Community Park, with the majority being young families and kids of all ages.

"It far exceeded our expectations," said organizer Ahren Richards. "It ran so smoothly, and everyone did the job they were supposed to do. We had three meetings for volunteers - I felt everyone was inundated with emails!

"I would say it was virtually flawless. We racked our brains trying to think of every contingency and ways to do things differently, and we came up with a short list, although we have a long list of 'wants' for next year, including doubling or tripling the number of participants and making the parade route longer."

by: BARBARA SHERMAN - BEST DAY EVER! - In the King City Community Park gazebo, volunteers hand out hot dogs to hungry parade participants.As parade participants gathered before the start, organizers handed out meal tickets to make sure there were enough hot dogs waiting for everyone down in the park, which is how they calculated the number of people in the parade.

"All of us were very impressed with how well the event went and how long people stayed in the park," Richards said. "People really seemed to enjoy it."

Many local businesses contributed to the success of the parade, and Richards wants to publicly thank them for their donations: Polygon Homes, Albertson's, Grocery Outlet, King City Lions Club, Starbucks at Tigard Marketplace, Jeremy Wade Photography, Premiere Valet, Pride Disposal Company, Belfor Property Restoration and Shari's Restaurant.

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