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Eastmoreland Fourth of July Parade continues tradition

DAVID F. ASHTON - Following the parade precursor of classic cars, the marchers set out on the route of the 23rd annual Eastmoreland Fourth of July Neighborhood Parade. Under the direction of coordinator Steve Baker, the 23rd annual Eastmoreland Fourth of July Neighborhood Parade and Sausage Fest again started at the Duniway Elementary School grounds.

Participants filtered into the area as the 11 a.m. parade time drew near. Some were dressed in costumes, others had decorated wagons and bicycles.

Led off by Westmoreland Fire Station 20’s engine company, the parade traveled north three blocks along Reed College Place, and turned around at S.E. Claybourne Street and went back to the school.

During the parade, the 1,500 hot dogs that the Eichentopf family brought along weren’t enough to feed the swelling crowd; they sent back to Otto’s Sausage Kitchen to fetch another 500 hot dogs.

Helping slake the thirst brought on by parading six blocks and then enjoying hot dogs, New Seasons Market on Woodstock was there with soft drinks for the celebration.