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Yachats, Oregon 97498
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
It's time to enjoy a parade.
Here on the Central Oregon Coast the months of May, June and July
all feature parades that celebrate the city, town or village that is
hosting them. Some of them like the Rhody Days parade in Florence have
been going on for over a century. Another one, Beachcomber's Days, in
Waldport started in 1957 and the La De Da Parade in Yachats is
relatively new, it's in it fifteenth year, but they are all unique
events and part of what makes Spring and Summer a fun time for local
residents and visitors as well. Like they say "everyone likes a
I grew up in Portland and was captivated by the Rose Festival
Parade from the first time I remember seeing it and ever since then
I've enjoyed parades and very much appreciate the time and effort
parade organizers put into them. I've been to many Rhody Days parades
and am always impressed at the way Florence supports it. I've been to
many Beachcombers Days parades and in fact was in that one twice when
working for the Waldport newspaper. It was fun and those parade are
also well supported!
However, one parade that is completely different and really a lot
of fun is the La De Da parade in Yachats. Just the name alone implies
the attitude of the parade! La De Da, oh well!! So with that sort of
mentality the good citizens of Yachats put their collective heads
together and come up with some very original floats, entrants, and
celebrities to walk, dance and prance the route from the Yachats
Commons to the Yachats Post Office. A rather short route that winds
along the ocean road which is lines with spectators eager to see the
synchronized umbrella team, the troupe of belly dancers, the fire
trucks and ocean rescue teams, the kids from the Yachats Youth and
Family Activities Program marching. And there are other unique entrants
like the Volkswalkers, and Aquarium Volunteers in this small but
colorful parade that literally fills the village up with residents and
visitors. The celebrities are usually the Mayor and City Council
members riding on a vintage manure spreader pulled by a sturdy tractor.
This always is a big crowd pleaser and again points out that this
parade is far from serious! It's a great example of tongue in cheek
parade humor and to add to the frivolity and excitement of the parade,
is that parade day is on the 4th of July and the outstanding Yachats
fireworks show over the bay and ocean follows the parade at dusk!
So after you've seen the Rhody Days and Beachcombers Days parades come to Yachats and enjoy a day of pure La De Da!!
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