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For the 70th time, Springfield Christmas Parade ready to roll

Springfield Christmas Parade
Oregon Riders Society
File photo from a previous Springfield Christmas Parade. The 2022 version will kick off at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3.

For the 70th year in a row, the Springfield Christmas Parade is set to entertain crowds of people this Saturday. The parade kicks off at 1 p.m. and follows a route from northeast Springfield into the downtown area.

“There’s nothing like going to the parade and having ten, twenty, thirty thousand people alongside there, and you’re just there to enjoy some fun., "said Brenda Hughey, director of the Oregon Riders Society, a non-profit that organizes the annual event. "Life is so stressful, so many things going on, but this is just a couple of hours of pure enjoyment.”

Hughey said the parade is still looking for additional entries. She says small businesses or community organizations are especially welcome to sign up. An application form is available on the Oregon Riders Society homepage.

Organizers call it the "Oldest and Coldest" parade in Oregon. The parade will be held rain or shine. As of Wednesday afternoon, the forecast for Saturday in Springfield is for an 80% chance of showers and a high of 44.

Chris Lehman has been reporting on Oregon issues since 2006. He joined the KLCC news department in December, 2018. Chris was born and raised in Pennsylvania, and graduated from Temple University with a degree in journalism. His public broadcasting career includes stops in Louisiana and Illinois. Chris has filed for national programs including “Morning Edition” and “All Things Considered.”