|Time to get ready for the kids parade|
|June 25, 2015 Jerry Purvis|
Photo by Kay Grote/Gering Citizen - Cowboys and Cowgirls is just one of the categories within the Kiddie Parade. Girls and boys are invited to create a float or costume for entry. The parade takes place on Friday morning, with registration beginning at 9:15. The parade begins at 10 a.m.
Now’s the time to get the costumes ready for the annual Kiddie Parade, a favorite part of Oregon Trail Days.
The Kiddie Parade started in 1953 and is now one of the few parades in the state strictly for kids. Last year, more than 750 kids participated as the parade headed from Legion Park and through downtown as parents and grandparents cheered the group on.
“Registration starts at 9:15 on Friday morning, July 10,” said organizer Mary Robinson. “We have 14 different categories for kids to enter, but we don’t allow anything motorized for safety. The parade starts at 10 a.m. and we just have a great time.”
The American flag leads the parade, followed by the Gering Junior High School Band. The junior high and freshman academy Drug Free Clowns and high school cheerleaders carry the signs announcing the different categories.
Categories include Wild, Wild West, sports, patriotic characters (a very popular one), faraway lands, prehistoric characters and dinosaurs, clowns, decorated bicycles, nursery rhymes and storybook characters, art and creative, a category for pets and horses and a general category for everything else.
“Daycare centers are welcome to participate and animals are fine as long as they’re on a leash,” Robinson said. “Besides horses, we’ve had bunnies and goats in the parade.”
After the parade returns to Legion Park, participants receive a ribbon, a swim pass for the Gering pool and a carnival ticket. Free Pepsi is provided as well.
“We usually have some Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts that also participate as we lead off with the flag,” Robinson said. “The parents and grandparents just love it.”
She encourages all kids who want to be a part of the parade to come up with their most creative and colorful costumes and be at Legion Park the morning for July 10 to get registered.
More information on the parade is available by calling Robinson at (308) 436-7881 or Crystal Sandberg at (308) 436-2858.