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April 21, 2013

Wagon trains and classic cars parade down Main Street

NORMAN — Main Street echoed with the sounds of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Oklahoma” Saturday morning as crowds lining the street eagerly anticipated the start of Norman’s ’89er Day Parade.

A long-time city tradition, the annual event celebrates the Great Land Run of April 22, 1889, as well as the founding of Norman.

Quin Berry, current Noble resident raised in Norman, said she’s been coming to the parade for as long as she can remember.

Present with her family, 15-members strong, Berry said enjoying all of Norman’s parades is a tradition for her family, and one that reminds her of her Oklahoma pride.

“Everything,” Berry said on her favorite part of the parade. “Just watching the kids, the kids getting the candy and watching our parents in there with their car.”

Berry’s father was one of many riding his classic car through this year’s parade, themed “Workin’ Up a Storm,” running from Main Street and Pickard Avenue to Main Street and Crawford Avenue.

The parade kicked off around 10 a.m. with a presentation of colors by Cleveland County Public Safety Guard followed by music by the 77th United States Army Band of Fort Sill.

Grand Marshall Bob Goins, longtime Norman resident and University of Oklahoma professor, came afterwards in a carriage with his family.

Other entries included dozens of classic cars with Canadian River Cruisers Classic Car Club, as well as a variety of floats by Veterans of Foreign Wars, Prague Kolache Festival, National Weather Center, Norman teacher of the year and finalist, Sun & Ski Sports, Norman Public Library, 4C’s Gypsy Horses, Sooner Model A Club, Park Lane Veterinary Hospital, Oklahoma United States Marshals Posse, Sam Noble Museum of Natural History, U.S. Submarine Veterans, Cub Scouts Pack 217, Gingerbread Nursery School & Kindergarten, Rivermont Retirement Community, Norman Music Festival, Blue HAWK (Helping Animals with Kindness) Foundation, Dental Depot, Canadian Rivers Old Iron Club and Norman Round Up Club.

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