NORMAN — Themed “Hometown Christmas,” Norman’s Christmas parade is rolling through town this year 10 a.m. Dec. 14 with memories of Christmas past.
The grand moving spectacle will begin at Norman High School and travel slowly along Main Street to its conclusion at Crawford Avenue. The 2013 parade grand marshall is Allen Morain. Ed Copelin has been the organization chairperson.
The parade has long been a way for the entire town to come together for a single event and celebrate the joy of the season. Everyone is invited. Marching bands, floats, riders on fine horses and a visit from Santa Claus have been a part of parades past and will be repeated for 2013. No Norman Christmas Parade would be complete without candy and a bountiful supply will be tossed into the throngs free by the marchers.
The Canadian River Cruisers motoring club will be well represented with select members driving vintage vehicles. These delightful old automobiles spark memories for senior citizens and wonder among young people who have never seen them before. One perennial favorite is a 1926 Ford Model T pick-up truck driven by Cruisers President David Saunders and spouse Marilyn. The vehicle’s sides are professionally painted with the legend “Murray’s Dry Goods.” That was a Norman business located on the northeast corner of Main Street and Crawford Avenue. It was owned and operated in the 1930s by Marilyn’s grandfather, Oscar M. Murray, who was mayor for a time. The Saunders have lived all over the country but Norman is Marilyn’s actual hometown and David has adopted it as his.
On Facebook page, “You Know You’re from Norman if…”, Norman residents recollected affectionate memories from past parades. Then and now the merchant community was actively involved in contributing to the excitement of the Christmas parade.
Troy Cook, Norman High School class of 1971, remembers when Old Saint Nick abandoned his sleigh and reindeer for a more modern flying machine.