Canned food will be collected at the parade for the Tualatin School House Food Pantry

TUALATIN - The Foxhill Neighborhood Fourth of July parade started with 14 kids, two adults and a short march around a neighborhood cul-de-sac. Now in its 17th year, parade-goers are expecting about 400 participants and just as many spectators to line the streets near Bridgeport Elementary.

'It was just kind of an exponential growth,' said Diane Bonica.

Bonica, who moved to Oregon from Massachusetts, said she was surprised to find that Tualatin had no organized Fourth of July festivities. Even today Tualatin does not put on any activities on July 4. It does contribute $1,000 to the Tigard fireworks show.

The neighborhood parade, which started with bikes and tricycles decorated in red, white and blue has in the past few years come to also include antique cars, horses and tractors. But the parade still has its staples of children on bikes and babies in strollers.

Bonica is the organizer for the Foxhill parade. She uses the word 'organizer' fairly loosely since parade floats, marchers, bands or whoever else wants to participate, don't register for a place in the parade. They simply show up.

'At 3:45 p.m. I'm usually the only one up there,' Bonica noted about the parade's starting point at Bridgeport Elementary. 'But then by 4 p.m., they're all there. It's like a sea of people that walk up from all directions to the school.'

The Tualatin School House Food Pantry is being honored with the title of grand marshal.

And like last year, parade-goers can contribute canned goods to the pantry. Last year, the pantry received about 150 pounds of food from the parade.

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