Parade tradition continues anew on River Rd.

By JASON COX Of the Keizertimes We’re just a couple of days away from the first-ever Festival of Lights parade in Keizer. The parade was in downtown Salem since 1990, and is taking on the “Hoiday Spirit” theme when it kicks off at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, making its way down River Road from Lockhaven Drive all the way south to Plymouth Drive NE. It shuts down the city’s main arterial for several hours. One advantage to having the event in Keizer is that River Road is essentially a straight shot, said Krista Noland, parade committee president. When the parade was downtown, entrants had to make several sharp turns. “This provides an excellent opportunity to view the floats on a grander scales and a peek as to the entries that have yet to pass by,” Noland said. Some 45 entries, including bands from throughout Salem and Keizer, provide the soundtrack to the thousands and thousands of lights expected to be on floats. Marion-Polk Food Share is the financial beneficiary of cash donations taken up on the night of the event, with pre-parade promotions starting at 6:30 p.m. Trophies and plaques include the Grand Sweepstakes, the KBZY Award, Judge’s Choice, Salem Chamber of Commerce Award, the mayor’s trophy, KYKN Award, Best Use of Humor, Best Auto Entry, Best Use of Holiday Spirit, Best Auto Illumination, City Services Spirit Award, Best...

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