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Patriotic parade preparations
Kids, parents gear up for annual event
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Elizabeth James Chastain is ready for her first Fourth of July celebration. She will take part in this years Yankee Doodle Childrens Parade scheduled for July 4 at 9:30 p.m. in downtown McMinnville. There is no entry fee and children up to fifth grade are encouraged to participate and show their patriotic spirit.

Does your child have patriotic spirit? This year’s Yankee Doodle Children’s Parade on July 4 in downtown McMinnville will be the place to show it. 
“This is such a fun event,” said Junior Auxiliary member Paige Chastain. “There are no entry fees because we want everyone who wishes to participate to be able to do so.”
The parade is for children from newborn to fifth grade. Participants should have a patriotic or state/ community pride theme. Junior Auxiliary encourages imagination in the decoration of bike, tricycle, wagon, stroller, or any push/ pull/ pedal toy. Awards are given immediately following the parade.
Chastain says the parade is a tradition and hopes everyone comes out and participates.
“In past years, the Yankee Doodle Children’s Parade has been a fun and entertaining part of the downtown celebration,” she said. “We want to continue the tradition. Join us for some family fun that will lift your spirits and put a smile on your face. The children are always adorable.”
Along with the theme, there are additional guidelines for participants:
• No gas-powered vehicles. Battery operated Hot Wheels-type vehicles are OK.
• An adult may accompany small children on the parade route.
• Entry numbers must be on the child, not the float, and clearly visible to the judges.
Parade registration begins at 8:15 a.m., judging begins 9:15 a.m., parade begins at 9:30 a.m., and awards presented at 9:45 a.m. Pre-registration is encouraged. Forms can be picked up at the Chamber of Commerce, Magness Library, the Civic Center, and Ashley’s Attic.
Questions can be emailed to project chair Hunter MacDonald at hmac83@me.com.