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Perennial favorite Kiddie Parade is on Friday July 13
June 28, 2012 Jerry Purvis   

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Photo by Pedro Escobar/Gering Citizen - A Kiddie Parade participant stays cool despite the heat during last year's event. The parade begins Friday, July 13 at 10 a.m. at Gering's Legion Park and travels south down 10th Street. Registration begins at 9:15 a.m.

In less than two weeks, Gering’s downtown will be inundated with pioneers, clowns and super heroes.

Mary Robinson, organizer of the Oregon Trail Days Kiddie Parade, isn’t exactly sure how long the parade has been going on but it continues to grow in popularity among Oregon Trail Days events. “Some of my friends remember it from when they were kids,” Robinson said. “It must be at least 50 years old. It might even be the longest running kiddie parade in the state.”

The kiddie parade, open to children 12 and under, is scheduled for Friday, July 13 at 10 a.m. Registration starts at 9:15 a.m. in Legion Park. Kids can pick a theme for their costumes and enter in a variety of categories. Included are girls and boys decorated bicycles, Wild West, girl and boy clowns, nursery rhymes and storybook characters, entertainers, faraway lands, patriotic, sports, prehistoric, art and creative costumes and horses. A general category is included for everyone else.

Robinson said that in the pet category, they’ve had entries of guinea pigs, chickens, dogs, cats, and even a goat last year. All pets need to be on a leash or led by ropes in the case of horses and ponies.

“The Cub Scouts lead off the parade, followed by the Gering Elementary School Band,” Robinson said. “Helping with the parade is the Junior High CLOWN group and the Gering High School cheerleaders.”
The parade leaves Legion Park at 10 a.m. and heads east on O St. to 10th St. From there, the parade goes through downtown, turns back west at the Union Bar and heads back to Legion Park.

After the parade, participants will enjoy Pepsi in Legion Park and receive ribbons and a pass for the Gering pool and carnival tickets.
Robinson emphasized that no motorized vehicles are allowed in the parade. And because participants are walking, they can throw candy to spectators.

Last year, 723 area youth participated in the parade. For more information, call Robinson at (308) 436-7881 or Crystal Sandberg at (308) 436-2858.
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