First 4th parade in three years

Throngs close in to the Main Street parade route after the procession ran its course. Drew Fleming photo for Ashland.news
July 4, 2022

Ashlanders turn out in force for Ashland Chamber’s 4th of July Parade

Thousands lined East Main Street from Triangle Park to the Ashland Plaza Monday morning for the first Ashland Chamber 4th of July Parade since 2019, due to COVID-19 cancellations in 2020 and 2021. This year’s parade theme was, “Ashland Cares!” The theme recognized the medical staff on the front lines of COVID-19 who cared for and continued to care for patients with the virus during what has been a “tumultuous” past two years, locally and around the world. Rouge Valley Community Television (RVTV) is scheduled to replay the 40-minute parade on its website and cable channel (9) at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 6; 5 p.m. Thursday, July 7; 5 p.m. Friday, July 8; and at noon and 6 p.m. Saturday, July 9.

Abraham Lincoln impersonator Bob Jackson Miner patiently waits for the start of the Ashland 4th of July parade. Bob Palermini photo/palermini.com
The Jefferson Pipe Band tunes up in preparation for the Ashland 4th of July parade. Bob Palermini photo/palermini.com
Uncle Sam poses with Janai ‘Grandma Boom’ Mestrovich and a couple of flag-waving kids dressed for the occasion at the start of the Ashland 4th of July parade. Bob Palermini photo/palermini.com
SOU President Rick Bailey Jr. and Rocky the Red-Tailed Hawk, the SOU mascot, pose for a photo at the start of the 4th of July parade. Bob Palermini photo/palermini.com
The Ashland Middle School band, supplemented by some alumni, marched in the Ashland 4th of July parade Monday. Bob Palermini photo/palermini.com
The Ashland 4th of July parade, the first since 2019, was attended by thousands Monday. Bob Palermini photo/palermini.com
Many houses on the parade route hosted watching parties. Bob Palermini photo/palermini.com
Parade goers photograph the SOU entry. Bob Palermini photo/palermini.com
SOU’s entry in the Ashland 4th of July parade celebrated the universitiy’s 150th anniversary and won the Grand Prize for parade entries. Bob Palermini photo/palermini.com
The SOU parade entry featured a large blow-up shark. Bob Palermini photo/palermini.com
Ashland.news hosted a watch party at a house across from the downtown fire station. Bob Palermini photo/palermini.com
OLLI at SOU members march past the fire station in the Ashland 4th of July parade. Bob Palermini photo/palermini.com
Parade watchers took advantage of the steps at the Ashland Library to get a view of the parade. Bob Palermini photo/palermini.com
Two F15 fighter jets fly over the Ashland 4th of July parade. Bob Palermini photo/palermini.com
The Ashland Food Project entry marches through downtown. Bob Palermini photo/palermini.com
Dancers entertained the crowd on the mile long Ashland 4th of July parade route. Bob Palermini photo/palermini.com
The 175- member American Band College band rode three semi truck trailers to end the 40-minute Ashland 4th of July parade. Bob Palermini photo/palermini.com
Ashland Food Project volunteers wore green to go with the “Green Bag” campaign theme. Drew Fleming photo for Ashland.news
A crew from UNETE marches in the parade. Drew Fleming photo for Ashland.news
Oregon’s oldest Scout Troop — Troop 112 of Ashland — shows its colors at Monday’s parade. Drew Fleming photo for Ashland.news
The color guard leads the 4th of July Parade on Monday, followed closely by a 1931 Ford Model A Roadster. Drew Fleming photo for Ashland.news
Tyler Hawkins of Talent crashed the Ashland parade with his 20-foot bicycle unicorn serpent, enlivening Monday’s 4th of July Parade. Drew Fleming photo for Ashland.news
A giant inflatable shark, accompanied by signs saying “Covid bites, SOU cares,” makes its way down Main Street. Drew Fleming photo for Ashland.news

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Bert Etling is the executive editor of Ashland.news. Email him at betling@ashland.news.
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