Parade of memories

A celebration of ‘Moments to Remember’ begins at 11 a.m. Saturday

Entries in the Camas Days Grand Parade are always fun and unique. This year’s theme is “Moments to Remember.” (Post-Record file photo)

“Whether you’re watching from street side, walking the route or tossing candy from a float, the Camas Days Parade is a great way to spend time with family and friends on a beautiful day in Camas. Come on out and watch our community shine.”

— Tim Hazen

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The Camas Days parade, with entries including floats, clowns, equestrians, bands and gymnasts, begins at 11 a.m. Saturday.

City history will be celebrated in grand fashion during the Camas Days Parade Saturday, at 11 a.m.

Tim Hazen wonders where the time has gone organizing and watching this parade grow for the past 15 years. He hopes the “Moments to Remember” theme provides a visual journey down memory lane.

“I anticipate that we’ll see floats and groups showcasing family, vacations, weddings, our city, children, high school and other periods we remember fondly about our lives,” Hazen said.

More than 50 entries are ready to showcase their community pride in the parade. Hundreds of spectators line Northeast Fourth Avenue, from Oak to Adams streets, to catch a glimpse. Once the cannon goes off, it’s time to celebrate and remember.

Former Camas Mayor Nan Henriksen will be the grand marshal. Hazen said she “has been a tremendous asset to Camas.”

Henriksen was recently named Clark County First Citizen, an award that recognizes a person who has demonstrated exemplary citizenship through their actions and service to the community.

In addition, in 2014, she received the Statesman of the Year honor from the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce, and in 2006 was named Political Leader of the Century by the Camas-Washougal Chamber of Commerce.

Senior Royalty King and Queen Charles and Alma Ladd will be honored for their years of community service. The Honor Guard, Veteran’s of Foreign Wars and the Clark County Fair Equestrian Court will also be a part of the festivities.

Hazen enjoys seeing the long-standing traditions. While Georgia-Pacific employees toss toilet paper into the crowd, Camas City Council members prefer to throw candy.

Other notable entrants include the Camas High School marching band, cheerleaders and robotics club. VEGA will showcase their gymnasts, dancers and performing artists. There will also be other local dance teams, drill teams, baton clubs, martial arts studios and more.

Classic cars from the Northwest Corvette Association club cruise down Fourth Avenue during the parade, followed by the 40 et 8 Locomotive.

Awards will be given to the best car, float, group costume, and an equestrian rider and his or her horse.

“The parade is always a great time,” Hazen said. “Whether you’re watching from street side, walking the route or tossing candy from a float, the Camas Days Parade is a great way to spend time with family and friends on a beautiful day in Camas. Come on out and watch our community shine.”