CANNON?BEACH — What started out nearly 25 years ago as a small neighborhood parade on Monroe Street in Cannon Beach has grown to a full-scale march down Spruce and Hemlock streets, all the way to the American Legion building in midtown.

On Thursday, the parade included anyone who wanted to enter, including their dogs and horses. Thousands stood along the sidewalks in the center of town to wave and applaud as their favorite entry – probably a relative or neighbor dressed in red, white and blue – passed by.

Retired Sgt. 1st Class Terry Cassell was the parade’s grand marshal. Cassell spent his childhood summers in Cannon Beach and is a longtime volunteer with the American Legion.

As usual, kids scrambled for candy, thrown from fire trucks, classic cars, or by walkers or those crowded into the bed of a decorated pick-up truck.

Although the traditional military flyover of F-15 jets didn’t occur because of the federal sequester, the crowd remained revved up throughout the nearly hour-long parade. This is the first time since 1997 that the jets had not flown over Cannon Beach. The military vehicles from Camp Rilea also were missing, because of the cost of fuel.

But the Jackson Street Brigade was there, as it has been for 20 years, with homeowners and friends from Jackson Street dressed in wigs and wild shorts, performing their traditional lawn-chair dance.

And, at the end of the parade, the grandsons of the late Bob Teagle, military veteran and founder of that small parade on Monroe Street so many years ago, held a banner containing Teagle’s photo and the words, “Our American hero.”

     

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