Parade is ready to rock

Event will begin at 11 a.m. on Saturday

Walking groups, marching bands, equestrian teams, floats and other fun entries can be found participating in the Camas Days Main Parade. This year’s event will begin at 11 a.m. on Saturday.

It’s time to get your groove on, Camas. On Saturday, the city will transform itself into a rock music paradise.

People dressed in all matter of things, “rock ‘n’ roll,” will flood the streets as they join the 11 a.m. Grand Parade for Camas Days.

It is the 40th year of the city’s unique festival and the parade is a big part of that quirky fun. This year, there are approximately 69 entries.

Organizer Tim Hazen said it’s always hard to predict who will have the best or most unique floats.

“We always see great efforts put out by many of our local businesses, including the GP mill truck tossing the toilet paper and Clark County PUD,” he said.

The parade has been a part of Camas Days since the festival began.

“The people of our community always make it unique,” Hazen said. “We have an outstanding community that always shows up ready to rock ‘n roll.”

Approximately 5,000 spectators, from infants to senior citizens, line the streets in anticipation of the cannon blast and subsequent parade.

Some of the long-standing entries include Camas High School cheerleaders, bands, equestrian groups, local businesses, residents and church groups.

The Clark County Fair princesses will wave to spectators from their floats, and will be joined by dance teams, drill teams, clowns, martial arts studios, baton clubs and more.

Clark County Sheriff Garry Lucas and Camas Police Chief Mitch Lackey will lead the parade, along with Citizen of the Year The Camas-Washougal Rotary Club, Business of the Year LJC Feed and Senior Royalty Jerry and LaRhea Steele, the Honor Guard and Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Awards will be given out for best car, best float, best walking group and equestrian.

“Personally, I enjoy the excitement of anticipation of the start as well as watching all of the children position for the prime spots along the parade route,” Hazen said. “It’s a great community event that will continue for years to come.”