Reedsport Memorial Parade

Welcome to the 2021 Reedsport Memorial Parade

The purpose of Reedsport’s Memorial Weekend Parade is to honor the fallen of all the wars and all our veterans for their service to their country. The theme of this year’s parade continues to be “A Salute in Remembrance.” This year we want to extend our recognition and respect for all those who have served on the “Homefront”. This includes our Police and Fire Department and the areas healthcare workers who have all worked in hazardous conditions to preserve our community during this pandemic.

Our annual parade will be a neighborhood event, similar to the parade during Christmas season. Local entrants will wind their way through neighborhoods so that observers may enjoy the parade in family sized gatherings. We ask that all participants maintain the current protocols regarding the pandemic. The parade will also be broadcast online. We will be showcasing displays at local businesses and having more community involvement events leading up to this years parade. Every aspect of this years festivities will be able to be enjoyed from the safety of your home if you or your family cannot attend publicly.

The parade is designed to appeal to veterans and families throughout the area, as well as our areas first responders and health care workers.. All parade entrants are required to recognize and observe the parade’s purpose and theme. It is also our hope that the parade participants will enjoy showing their patriotism and their gratitude to Veterans of the United States Military, as well as to our dedicated “First Responders.”

General Parade Information

Parade Starting time is 1:30pm

Date: Sunday, May 30, 2021

Theme: “A Salute in Remembrance”

Check-in: 12:00pm at RCCS Parking Lot

Staging: At RCCS Parking lot and along 22nd street

Parade Placement will be given upon registration and check in

Length of Parade is mostly level and winding through uptown neighborhoods and Riverbend

Parade Route: RCCS through neighborhoods then downtown to War Memorial

Terminus of the Parade: Near the Hahn Park War Memorial. See Map for parking areas and disbanding.

Parade Guidelines

  • Be respectful, have fun and be safe!

  • All participants are strongly encouraged to prominently display patriotic colors and decorations

  • This year due to health concerns and a longer route we will not be allowing walkers, this includes marching bands. All participants must be in a vehicle or on a float with the exception of preapproved equine groups.

  • Candy, water, or parade favors may NOT be handed out due to current health concerns. If you would like to contribute to swag bags instead please contact us before May 10,2021

  • DO NOT THROW ANYTHING FROM YOUR VEHICLE OR FLOAT.

  • We encourage you to display a professional looking banner and or sign proudly identifying your group or organization

  • Any animals that are a part of the parade must be well trained and be safely controlled under parade conditions. You must provide your own sanitation helpers to follow your unit to clean up along the parade route as well as the staging area.

  • Please see the guidelines page for a complete list of rules for participants and observers


War Memorial Service

A small ceremony will be held at the Hahn War Memorial at the end of the parade. More info

Parade Route and Map

We will be starting at the Highschool and winding through the neighborhoods uptown before heading downtown to the war memorial where we will end the parade and partake in some additional celebrations.

Events

Check out the community events page for more info

This year we invite the public to participate in a mixed media art contest. We will display art entered around town and online. This contest will be open to all local residents. Adults this is your chance to participate in the same contest as your kids! Draw, paint, take a photo, make a video, craft a sculpture, the sky is the limit in what you can create just stick to our theme of Honoring our veterans and home front heroes. Get more info about the art contest including complete rules, entry forms, and links to submissions (HERE)


Do you have a hero thats special to you? Do you want to show your recognition with a star in a local businesses window? We want to honor all those we can this year so nominate a veteran, actuve duty military, first responder, or healthcare worker and we will display the stars of our town proudly. Have a special story about your hero? We may choose to showcase some extra special heroes with short videos or photos online. Get more info about nominating a hero including the entry form and links to all our heroes (HERE)


This year businesses will be decorating window with information and trivia about memorial day. Walk around enjoy the window and learn some trivia then come back here to answer some questions, You may win a prize. Get more info (HERE)


This year we are excited to bring you the parade Live at Home! and other video based events to help keep those most at risk in our community still able to safely observe our parade and other local Memorial Day events. We feel this will greatly benefit the Veteran community we honor this holiday by making sure they are able to enjoy it even if they cannot leave home for the events.


And More!!!