For the first time in Cannon Beach’s history, the city will be represented in Portland’s Starlight Parade May 31.

An illuminated sandcastle float, honoring the Sandcastle Day’s 50th anniversary this year, was accepted among 100 illuminated entries for participation in the parade, according to Eric Johnson, director of the Cannon Beach Chamber of Commerce.

The Starlight Parade is part of Portland’s Rose Festival event. It features funky and eclectic fun for 250,000 spectators. The parade is broadcast from 9 to 11 p.m. May 31 on FOX channel 12

Built by community members and Coaster Construction, the float is a 14-foot-tall replica sandcastle made of concrete tubing and wood, and painted with a sand-colored finish. The float will be illuminated with rope lighting and towed by Duane Johnson Real Estate.

“We are proud of this opportunity to be featured in the parade and get the word out about our 50th anniversary,” said committee Chair Debbie Nelson.

The 50th Cannon Beach Sandcastle Contest is June 21. The weekend will include:

• Friday: 8 to 10 a.m., registration at the Cannon Beach Chamber of Commerce building; 5 to 7:30 p.m., shovels and buckets dinner; 7:30 p.m., downtown parade

• Saturday: 8 to 10 a.m., pancake breakfast at the American Legion Building; 10 a.m., masters sandcastle builders begin; 11 a.m., all other sandcastle builders start; 4 p.m., awards announcement; 7 p.m., concert by local talent; 8 p.m., beach bonfire at Tolovana Wayside

• Sunday: 9 a.m. Sandcastle 5K fun run and a walk on the beach off of Second Street.

To enter, or for more information, email 111.cannonbeach.or/businesses/Sandcastle Contest or call the chamber, 503-436-2623.

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