Everybody loves a parade

June 01, 2011 04:00 am

Equestrians sponsored by Town and Country Animal Clinic take part in parade. The Pilot/Jef Hatch
The sun came out just long enough for the 72nd Azalea Festival parade to be seen in all its glory down Chetco Avenue and Oak Street Saturday morning.

Thousands of spectators lined the streets to cheer their favorite floats, which included parade dignitaries:  Pioneer Citizens Keith and Elaine Smith; Grand Marshal Elmo Williams; Junior Grand Marshals the Brookings-Harbor High Scbool Varsity Cheerleading Team, OSAA 4A state champions; and the Azalea Festival court with Queen Liz Lindley and princesses Brianne Dodgen, Ashley Juarez, Emilee Bottoms and Meredith Horel.

Members of Soroptimists International of Brookings stood on the sidewalk along Chetco Avenue to judge the parade entries. The winners were announced later in the day during the Azalea Park Program.

Winners were:

•President’s Award, best use of flowers – entry 31, Curry Democrats;

•Grand Marshal’s Award, best use of special effects – entry 15, Marine Corps League;

•Queen’s Award, best use of color – entry 67, Manos Unidos;

•Mayor’s Award, most original – entry 40, Community Kitchens;

•Sweepstakes Trophy – entry 48, Town and Country Animal Clinic;

Harbor Fire Chief John Brazil drives 1925 Stutz fire truck, which won a parade award. The Pilot/Jef Hatch

•Best Band – entry 54, Phoenix High School marching band;

•Best Equestrian Unit – entry 62, Town and Country Animal Clinic;

•Best Antique and Classic Car – entry 5, Harbor Fire Department, 1925 Stutz fire truck.