It’s been 25 years since the full-blown, three-day event known as the Iris Festival first took place in Keizer, but the parade and carnival tradition known alternatively as Keizerfest and Keizer Days goes back well before that.

Whether you were born and raised around the parade – or came to love it with your own kids – we want to know what makes Keizer’s signature event so special.

That could be pictures. Or maybe a commemorative souvenir. Or even just your favorite memory from watching, walking or riding in the parade.

We plan to feature your memories in the official Iris Festival Guide, published by the Keizertimes. Photos and mementos can be emailed to, dropped off at our office at 142 Chemawa Road N. or mailed here. If you’d like your photos returned, please include a self-addressed stamped envelope.