Entries for the 2013 Regatta Grand Land Parade are shaping up nicely with 75 entries so far confirmed and on track to approach the high 80's or low 90's. That's about the same number as in a normal year. There is another need that crops up every year. The Regatta Association is looking for convertibles to use in the parade. Parade co-chair Jeff Newenhof says they have a list of past Regatta Queens and visiting dignitaries that want to be in the parade. All they are lacking is a
convertible to ride in. Contact Newenhof at 503-325-2652 or
.The Grand Land Parade will wind its way through downtown Astoria starting at Noon. The Grand LandParade starts at 16th and Exchange. It goes west on Exchange to Ninth Street where it turns north forone block. At Ninth and Duane the parade turns east and goes to 17th Street where the parade ends.This is the same parade we have used the past two years.To stage and organize the parade the Regatta Association, with the help of the City of Astoria Police andPublic Works Departments, closes several roads in addition to the parade route. Exchange Street will beclosed from 16th Street to 20th Street. Also closed will be 17th Street from Marine Drive to FranklinStreet; 18th Street from Exchange to Franklin Street; and Franklin Street from 17th to 18th Street. Toinsure the safety of our parade participants, vehicles will not be allowed to go through the staging area.Access to Columbia Memorial Hospital, and Dialysis and Urgent care facilities in the Park Building will beavailable from 20th, 21st and 23rd Streets.The roads will be closed in the staging area from about 8:00 in the morning to about an hour after theparade. The closures will last until 2:30. The roads on the parade route will close at 10:00AM and open up a few minutes after the parade is over.
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