Parade celebrates with Sooners, Schooners and western fun


NORMAN, Okla. – Norman’s annual ‘89er Day Parade kicks off on Saturday, April 30 at 10:00 a.m. The parade route begins at Norman High School, Main and Pickard, and follows Main Street east to Crawford Ave.


This years theme, Sooners and Schooners, pays tribute to many firsts in our history: the first people to stake claim in Oklahoma, the first University in Oklahoma and our admirable Grand Marshall, Dr. Phil Haddock, one of the first doctors to perform surgery at Norman Regional Hospital.


“Parades are a great enhancement to the quality of life in Norman,” says Stephen Koranda, Executive Director for the Norman Convention & Visitors Bureau. “The ‘89er Day Parade is unique to Oklahoma and we’re very excited to see what this year's entries have in store for parade watchers!”


We’re pleased to announce a special appearance by Lon Kreuger, OU’s new Men’s Basketball Head Coach accompanied by Davis Saunders in his 1926 Model T Ford Pickup.


The one and only Sooner Schooner, reminiscent of the mode of travel used by pioneers who settled Oklahoma Territory around the time of the 1889 Land Run, will be pulled down Main Street by RUF/NEK, Mark Chaney.


Enjoy the sights of costumed characters and the sounds of our beloved marching bands as our participants hand out treats to spectators. A few parade entries include the Oklahoma Scottish Pipes & Drums, Kountry Dolls Saddle club (An all ladies horse riding group) and the Sooner Model A Ford Club.


Announcing the parade this year are Rick and Elizabeth Heath. They will be positioned beside a panel of 10 judges. The 89er Day Committee is honored to have Charlotte Lovett, Donna Brown, Brad Hawkins, Pam Clinton, Stephanie Gasaway, Joe Bonocore, John Otto, Neil Schemmer and Chad Vice as Judges for the 2011 Parade entries.


Many entries are staking their claim in the parade with covered wagons and western themed gear, including the Sooner Teamsters. The Teamsters will marching in the Parade to celebrate the end of their weeklong trail thorough Oklahoma.


 “This celebration is for everyone in Oklahoma,” says Charles Hollingsworth, Co-Chair for the parade. “We encourage all to get in the spirit of the Land Run and dress in western wear for the parade on Saturday as well as the Wagon Train arrival on Friday,”


This weekends events have been organized by the 89er Day Committee Co-Chairs, Charles Hollingsworth and Sean Crandall, Al Loeffelholz, Bob Thompson, David Donaldson, David Teuscher, Don Mayes, John Marsh, Karin Ford, Lori Thrower, Mary Bess Gamel, Mary Jo Tinsley, Michelle Linnemenn, Mike Pullin, Richard Reynolds, Sandy Dunaway, Wanda Danley, Mark Ledbetter, Jen Tregarthen and Lillian Guess.


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.


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