There were no horses on hand, but then there was none of the expected rain, either.
So the 47th annual Hazel Dell Parade of Bands marched forth Saturday morning under the theme “Stars and Stripes Forever.” Grand marshals were former U.S. Army Sgts. Jack Carrier and Brian Radke, both of whom were seriously wounded in Iraq.
An outbreak of highly contagious equine herpes prompted all horse entries to drop out, according to Dee Memering, judge chairperson. But the parade was joined this year by many bands from far and wide in Washington and Oregon — including a newcomer band from Rex Putnam High School in Milwaukie.
“We were really thrilled about that,” said Memering. “The parade just gets bigger and better every year!”
Hazel Dell Parade of Bands 2011 Awards
(trophies awarded for overall; blue ribbon is first place, red is second and white is third).
There were 155 parade entries including 28 bands.
Grand Marshal Award for Overall Parade Entry: Twin Star Credit Union.
Division I: Director’s Award
Equestrian Division: No award, all withdrawn due to equine herpes virus.
Division II: Association Award
Overall: City of La Center.
Blue Ribbons: Clark County Special Olympics, Clark County Sheriff Marine Patrol.
Red Ribbons: Clark Regional Waste Water, Columbia River Newfoundland Club, Clark County Goat 4-H Club.
White Ribbon: Vancouver Watersheds Council.
Division III: President’s Award
Overall: Mind your Manners Dog Training.
Blue Ribbon: Hazel Dell Fred Meyer.
Red Ribbon: Kohl’s.
White Ribbon: Glenwood Place Senior Living.
Division IV: Founder’s Award
Overall: Columbia River Vintage Chevys.
Blue Ribbon: North City Cruisers.
Red Ribbon: Flying Eagle A’s.
White Ribbon: Super Tune-David Chun.
Division V: Chairman’s Award
Overall: The 40/8 Voiture 99.
Blue Ribbon: Clark County Environmental Services.