A bonus and crowd pleaser this year will be the performance of the very popular Scottish Pipes and Drums. They have been a regular entry of the ’89er Day Parade for several years.
Also new this year, the committee acquired a turn of the century “Surrey with the Fringe on Top” carriage. The 2013 parade will be its “official” launching. Special guests, Pat Sloan and Charles Peters have been selected to ride in this vintage carriage.
Sloan is a native Oklahoman having resided most of her life in Bartlesville before moving to Norman and Peters lived in New Hampshire before re-locating to Norman.
These 94-year-old “best friends” became acquainted at Rivermont Retirement Home.
The parade route calls for the color guard to mark the beginning of the parade at 10 a.m. at Norman High School, followed by the Grand Marshal Bob Goins.
Goins’ family will join him in the traditional grand marshal carriage.
The parade committee has selected a theme of “Workin’ Up a Storm” to celebrate Norman’s special relationship with weather.
Parade goers will be treated with floats and entries that are cleverly embracing this theme.