The Kiwanis Club of Silverton has scheduled the annual pet parade 10:00 a.m. Saturday, May 16 on Main street and First street in downtown Silverton.

“Every year, we look forward to presenting this time-honored event and deeply appreciate the participation of and contributions from our city and community,” said Randal Thomas, this year’s Kiwanis pet parade chairman.

The Silverton High School Foxes “State Champion” boys basketball team has been named Grand Marshal of the parade.

“The Foxes Boys Basketball Grand Marshal offers an inspiring opportunity to honor the students, faculty, and administration of Silverton High School for their commitment to emphasize academics in the classroom, and skill and respect for their opponents on the court or in the field,” Thomas said.

The Silverton Foxes Boys Varsity Basketball team won their first State Championship in 105 years on March 13, 2015 at Gill Coliseum.

Coach Steve Roth said the team is excited to be named Grand Marshal. “The boys will be bringing their pets and dressing them up in uniforms,” Roth said.

The Team will be escorted along the parade route by the SHS Foxes mascot along with the Foxes marching band.

The Pet Parade is one of the Silverton Kiwanis  numerous service projects that benefits the community.

The parade has been a community tradition since 1932 attracting thousands of children with pets of all varieties – from snails to llamas – in wagons, on bicycles, with parents and neighbors, accompanied by representatives from local bands, schools and other community groups

Participants lineup beginning at 9:30 a.m. on Coolidge and Apple streets (near Coolidge/McClaine Park)

The Parade starts promptly at 10:00 a.m. on Coolidge Street and travels along Main street to First street ending at Eugene Field School.

There is no registration or fee to participate in the parade.

The public – especially children and pets – is invited to view the parade.

Kiwanis announced parade sponsors this year include Valley Credit Union; Silver Creek Animal Clinic; Republic Services; and Edward Jones.  “Kiwanis is thankful for our community partners who come along side us to support this wonderful community tradition.” Thomas said.

Media Contact:
Randal Thomas; Silverton Kiwanis; Phone 503-873-1989;  SilvertonKiwanisClub@gmail.com

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