Sooners and Schooners Adorn the Parade
89er Day Parade Theme and Grand Marshal Announced
 

NORMAN, Okla. – Round up the wagons and get into gear as you head to Norman’s 89er Day Parade, scheduled for 10:00 a.m., Saturday, April 30 in downtown Norman. The parade, commemorating the day in 1889 that Oklahoma was opened for settlement, will begin on Main St and Berry and travel East on Main St. to Crawford.
 
The theme, Sooners and Schooners, pays tribute to many firsts in Oklahoma’s history:  our first settlers, our first University and our first Grand Marshal in Norman’s history to have hit a hole-in-1 at age 91!
 
The 89er Day Committee is proud to announce Dr. Phil Haddock as 2011 Parade Grand Marshal.
 
“This is such a great honor for the 89er Day Parade to have a man as distinguished and committed to the community as Dr. Haddock,” says Parade Co-Chair, Charles Hollingsworth.  
 
Dr. Haddock has resided in Norman, practicing family medicine for over 50 years. He maintained a clinic, shared with his brother, the late Jim Haddock, at the corner of Crawford and Gray St, and was one of the first to perform surgeries at Norman Regional Hospital- named American Legion Hospital at the time.
 
Be one of the first to register to participate in the 89er Day Parade and let your pride for our great state shine through Sooners & Schooners, a parade of land run themed wagons, prairie racing settlers and a ropin’ and ridin’ good time for all.
 
“We hope Sooners & Schooners will be one of our most entertaining and interactive parade themes yet,” says Co-Chair, Sean Crandall. “With so many ways to decorate and dress for the theme, it should be a great parade to watch and participate in.”
 
“Parades are a wonderful enhancement to Norman,” says Norman Convention & Visitors Bureau Executive Director, Stephen Koranda. “The 89er Day Parade is especially unique to Norman and Oklahoma and I encourage everyone to attend the festive parade and eventful weekend.”
 
The weekend of the parade promises to be packed full of entertainment for people of all ages in downtown Norman. April 28-30 Norman will rock out to the eclectic sounds of the Norman Music Festival, May Fair Arts Festival, April 29- May 1, will provide an outdoor gallery with various forms of art in Andrews Park and the Lion’s Carnival, April 30, is sure to excite downtown adventurers.
 
To stake your claim in the Parade, visit the official 89er Day Web site, www.Norman89er.com <http://www.Norman89er.com>  or pick up entry forms at the Norman Convention & Visitors Bureau.
 
The Norman 89er Day Committee is an all-volunteer committee that organizes the activities each year to celebrate the anniversary of the Great Land Run of 1889, which opened the “Unassigned Lands” in central Oklahoma for settlement on April22, 1889.