65-year tradition: Springfield Christmas parade kicks off holiday season on Saturday
SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- Mark your calendar for this Saturday for what is being called a Christmas miracle taking place in Springfield.
The new Christmas Parade will make its way through the streets of Springfield and organizers say they have more than a hundred entries this year.
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That includes the fire department, local marching bands, dancers and multiple businesses.
Back in October, organizers said this year's parade would be canceled due to a lack of volunteers, but it was officially restored after volunteers stepped up to get all the necessary permits.
City of Springfield helped fast-track the permitting process by waiving the normal fees required.
"We've had a huge outpouring with the community,” said parade co-chair Tonya Blakely. “People saying we're saving Christmas, that we're the angels of Christmas. The parade has been a tradition for over 65 years and we just couldn't sit back and let it not happen. This is the one thing most families start their Christmas season off with.”
"It's a true miracle,” said co-chair Monica Compton. “Even yesterday I was biting my lip as we were going through all the entries. I couldn't believe we were able to achieve it.”
Blakely says the parade will go on the same route it has in previous years.
It'll start at 1 p.m. Saturday at the True Value distribution center on Olympic Street.