The Lincoln City Community Days Organizing Committee has announced a call for participation in the city’s first parade since 2015. The “Happiness Is” parade is scheduled for 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Sept. 18. The parade will focus on the Lincoln City area’s resilience and strength as a community.
The one-mile route will use the northbound lane of Highway 101 from the Lincoln City Cultural Center to the Lincoln City Community Center. Parade organizers are looking countywide for individuals, organizations and businesses that wish to participate with floats, classic cars, marchers, music and whatever else expresses “Happiness Is.”
An important element of the parade will be a salute to the frontline workers who have seen Lincoln County communities through pandemic and wildfire. Health care providers, fire survivors, first responders, innovators and the countless volunteers who made a big difference for their neighbors and community will be recognized in the parade.
“We have had a very tough year and a half with COVID shutdowns and wildfires, but we are coming slowly back and really want to celebrate everyone who worked hard to make recovery happen.” said Sandy Gruber, Community Days board member and parade chairperson. “We want to celebrate what happiness is because after over a year of reflection, compassion, innovation and bravery, that answer gained new meaning for many people. We want to give our community the chance to celebrate all those who stood up and worked for the greater good in the face of adversity.”
Parade attendees will be encouraged to be part of the show with signs and noisemakers. It will also be conducted as a safe, outdoor activity with social distancing and masks as expectations.
Parade registration is $50. Registration proceeds go to Angels Anonymous, providing immediate, basic services in the greater Lincoln City area to those in need (https://angels-anonymous.org). Nonprofit organizations that cannot afford the fee can ask about possible scholarship support.
To express interest in participating, go to: bit.ly/lcparade. For more information, call 541-921-3565.