Day: December 11, 2015

Silver Bells for holiday parade

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes The weather outside might have been frightful this week, but on Saturday night there’s something delightful. It’s the second Saturday of December, which means it’s time for the Festival of Lights Holiday Parade in Keizer. This is a milestone year for the parade, which is pretty strongly hinted at with this year’s theme: Silver Bells. Indeed, this is the 25th anniversary of the annual night parade, which started in Salem and moved to Keizer in 2011. Per usual, the parade starts at the corner of River Road and Lockhaven Drive at 7 p.m. on Dec. 12 and heads south along River Road. The parade disbands at Glynbrook Street, with some entries heading to the Skyline Ford lot further south for the After Glow party. Bud Pierce, a longtime medical cancer doctor in Salem and an early entrant in the 2016 race for Oregon governor, is serving as the parade’s grand marshal, which has caused angst among some. Pierce expressed surprise at being named grand marshal. “It’s a great honor,” Pierce told the Keizertimes last week. “It’s a once in a lifetime honor. It’s a surprise. I’m happy to have the chance to do it. I don’t know why I got the honor. I was very surprised to get the call. They asked if I wanted to do it, I said that would be...

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