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68th family parade steps out in Ardenwald

by: DAVID F. ASHTON - The Milwaukie Mustang Band announces the approach of the annual Ardenwald Parade, bringing neighbors out to see it pass.When Sherri Campbell, organizer of this year’s annual Ardenwald Parade, looked around on the sunny morning of Saturday, September 15th, she looked mildly concerned. “We’re about to begin, and we don’t see many entries yet.”

The Milwaukie High Mustang Marching Band was lining up before the 10 am hour, as were police escorts and representatives of the Fire Bureau.

“This is the 68th year we’ve held the Ardenwald Parade,” Campbell remarked. “I’m happy we’re keeping this tradition going.”

But her worry soon evaporated. Almost magically, as the parade moved out along S.E. 36th Avenue, the number of paraders swelled, as families on bikes, on foot – and even an energetic youngster on a pogo stick – headed south, and turned west on S.E. Wake Street for the annual walking tour of the neighborhood.