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Dress-Up Parade

A roving party of Pendleton’s own
Antonio Sierra

East Oregonian

Published on September 8, 2017 4:18PM

Staff photo by Kathy Aney
The Kyle Burnside Memorial Dress-Up Run started with a cannon burst. The runners led the 2016 Dress-Up Parade on Saturday in downtown Pendleton.

Staff photo by Kathy Aney The Kyle Burnside Memorial Dress-Up Run started with a cannon burst. The runners led the 2016 Dress-Up Parade on Saturday in downtown Pendleton.

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Staff photo by Kathy Aney
A dog walks with the Pendleton Pupcakes group during the 2016 Dress-Up Parade on Saturday in downtown Pendleton.

Staff photo by Kathy Aney A dog walks with the Pendleton Pupcakes group during the 2016 Dress-Up Parade on Saturday in downtown Pendleton.

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A girl waves during Saturday's Dress-Up Parade in downtown Pendleton.

Staff photo by Kathy Aney A girl waves during Saturday's Dress-Up Parade in downtown Pendleton.

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If the Westward Ho! Parade stands for the history and tradition of Western culture, the Dress-Up Parade is its goofier cousin.

While Westward Ho! is solely powered by non-motorized travel like livestock, wagons and buggies, the Dress-Up parade is a little more eclectic.

The Saturday morning before Round-Up week, rodeo courts and civic groups interspersed with wacky floats and colorful costumes will proceed through Pendleton’s downtown area as children line the streets, waiting for a participants to throw candy into the audience.

Among the parade highlights will be the Main Street Cowboys, clad in their signature purple and chartreuse shirts and accompanied by a calliope.

Pendleton’s “Goodwill ambassadors” and the organizers behind a parade that regularly draws more than 100 entries, the Main Street Cowboys provide benches not only for the Dress-Up Parade audience but for community events year-round.

The roughly hour-long parade will start at Pendleton City Hall on Southwest Dorion Avenue and Fourth Street on Sept. 9 at 10 a.m. The parade heads east and then turns to continue west down Court Avenue, ending at the Round-Up grounds. First and second-place trophies will be awarded in each category, as well as a grand prize trophy to the float with the most votes.





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