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Oklahoma’s Centennial Parade – October 14, 2007

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The Celebration of the Century!

Oklahomans are always ready to throw a party, but nothing is going to compare with the events of the next few months as Oklahoma really gets into its 100 year celebration.  Sure, 2007 has been marked with many different centennial projects, but those have just been trial runs for what happens on November 16 – Statehood Day, and Oklahoma’s official 100th birthday.

But before we get to that magical day, there are some smaller celebrations we can take part in.  The next one is coming up on October 14th.  This is the Oklahoma Centennial Parade, a huge event that is, without a doubt, going to be the largest parade the state has ever seen.  It all begins at 2:00 pm in Bricktown.  It starts new the Stage Center at North Hudson and West Sheridan.  From there, the parade will head east to Robinson, then make a few turns before ending up at northwest eighth street.  You can bet the sidewalks along these streets will be packed, so get there early!  If you can’t make it, OETA (channel 13 in Oklahoma City and the surrounding areas) will broadcast the parade live.If you are fortunate enough to see the parade in person, it sounds like you’ll be seeing quite a show.  The Oklahoma Centennial Commission, the group behind the parade, has teamed up with the Noble Corporation to make the parade more like a moving history of the state.  The theme is “Celebrate Oklahoma! A Unique History – An Extraordinary Future.”  Along that lines, there are floats in the parade representing agriculture, aviation, sports, entertainment, science – everything Oklahoma has ever excelled in will be mentioned and celebrated.

The parade includes more than just floats.  There will also be helium-filled balloons, bands from across the state (including the Pride of Oklahoma band from OU and the Cowboy Marching Band from OSU), performers, and many of Oklahoma’s brightest stars (personally, I’m hoping to catch a glimpse of my favorite Oklahoma star, actress and singer Kristen Chenoweth). 

While Noble and the Centennial Commission did the planning, it’s the volunteers who are truly responsible for putting together this parade.  There were over 3,500 Oklahomans who gave their time and energy into putting this event together.  In fact, there were so many volunteers that the commission had to stop taking applications!  Besides accepting volunteers, the commission offered two different internships – event management and production assistant – for college students looking to learn what it takes to host an event of this size.

The Centennial Parade promises to be one of the greatest events of the year and the first huge event that begins two months of celebration.  I’m planning on heading down to Bricktown to see it live, but don’t forget it’s on OETA as well.  If you don’t want to brave the crowds (or, more importantly, fight for parking!), you can kick back at home and watch from the comfort of your own living room.  Either way, the parade is surely going to be an event you won’t want to miss.

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