By Hannah Cruz
The Norman Transcript
NORMAN — Covered wagons are rolling through downtown Norman for the 2012 Norman ’89er Day Parade to celebrate the anniversary of the Great Land Run which opened the “Unassigned Lands” in central Oklahoma for settlement on April 22, 1889.
Sean Crandall, co-chairperson with Charles Hollingsworth, said the parade is the perfect family-friendly event to celebrate Oklahoman history.
Grand marshals, Drs. Bill and Teena Nations, will lead the parade themed “Back in the Saddle ... Again.”
The ’89ers Day Wagon Train — a group that tours the Oklahoma countryside in covered wagon to commemorate the land run — will be a part of the train of wagons, floats, bands, horses and classic cars in this Norman tradition, Crandall said.
The parade is one of the things that makes Norman special, Crandall said, and gives families an opportunity to learn about history.
“Just seeing the wagon train itself and realizing how many miles they've put in that week is a really cool experience,” he said.
This year’s judges, W. E. Duff, Linda Holt, Gary Hardwick, Bob Rice, Anthony Wuestenfeld, Meghan McCormick, Brad Benson and Joe Antinoro, will determine winners for 10 categories.
Categories include best float, musical/dance group, automobiles, miscellaneous, animals and more.
The parade will include performances from Norman High School and Norman North High School jazz bands, Lexington High School band and Noble High School band.
Norman ’89er Day is funded by the City of Norman, as well as donations from individuals and businesses.