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"Eug" Parade Will Revive Eugene Traditions

City of Eugene

A storied Eugene tradition is coming back with familiar themes this weekend. The “Eug” Parade is part of Eugene Sunday Streets downtown.

It will feature human-powered floats, community groups, even royalty. Debbie Williamson-Smith is former Slug Queen Holly Go-Slugly.
 “The queens will be in the parade and some of the queens are members of Eugene’s infamous Rickies, which are also making a return.” Williamson-Smith says, “So some queens might not be marching with the queens but they’ll be there in spirit.”
Eugenians may remember the Rickies for their popular entries in the Eugene Celebration Parade, a now defunct city tradition. The event begins at 10:30 Sunday morning with a pet parade at Monroe Park, then continues downtown.

Rachael McDonald is KLCC’s former News Director. Rachael has a BA in English from the University of Oregon. She started out in public radio as a newsroom volunteer at KLCC in 2000. After reporting for the Northwest News Network and KAZU, Rachael returned to KLCC in 2007 as Morning Edition host and a general assignment reporter covering politics, the environment, education, and the arts. She was hired as KLCC News Director in 2018. Rachael departed KLCC in June, 2022.
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