SPRINGFIELD, Ore. (KMTR) -- Ringing in the local holiday season, the highlight in Springfield Saturday afternoon is the 60th annual Springfield Christmas Parade.
Thousands lined Mohawk Boulevard for the event as more than ninety different entries marched nearly three miles into downtown Springfield.
This year’s theme was 'Thanks for the Memories' as Springfield's Christmas Parade is the oldest in Oregon, according to organizers.
Honoring all the supporters that have kept the parade going for this long, the Grand Marshal for this year was the entire City of Springfield.
“This is who we are, this is what we're about. We're celebrating sixty years of this wonderful event . . . look at all of the people, all smiles . . . we're just enjoying ourselves. We love this!” said Christine Lundberg, Mayor of the City of Springfield.
"Be safe, be respectful to everybody around you and enjoy the holidays,” says Chief Jerry Smith of the Springfield Police Department.
NewsSource 16 would also like to say thanks to parade goers as well for donating toys to Lane County foster children. If you missed making a donation Saturday, you can continue to donate this season at any local Les Schwab Tire Center.