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Canby Independence Day parade lacked animals, though animal participation was/is encouraged

If you celebrated the Fourth of July in Canby by watching the Independence Day Celebration Parade, you might be asking yourself, "Where were the animals?"

Canby's parade boasted a fairly long parade with more variety than previous years, but notably missing were animals, aside from a dog or two.

Why? Well, that's a mystery.

There's no rule against it, and in fact, organizers worked to attract a variety of entries, including equestrians and other animals, according to Calvin LeSueur, the economic development and tourism coordinator for the City of Canby.

"We were definitely making an extra effort this year to attract all sorts of interesting parade entries, including equestrians—basically anything that is fun…dance teams, things that are more entertaining than just a car of just a person walking," LeSueur said.

Staff and volunteers plan for animals and the parade is set up to accommodate.

But the animals didn't show.

LeSueur has entertained different theories as to why, but he thinks the most likely is that Molalla's Giant Street Parade happens at about the same time, a parade which LeSueur said might be considered more of a "rodeo parade."

PMG PHOTO: SANDY STOREY - Molalla's Giant Street Parade on July 4 boasted plenty of animals, including the longhorn pictured here.

For those who wish to see animals in the parade, LeSueur suggests, "Bring your animals," or encourage anyone else who might be able to do so.

Pre-registration is encouraged, but not required, per LeSueur, and forms can be found as early as the first of the year on the website at or in person upstairs at Canby's Civic Center.

"Thank you to those who did register and did make it fun," LeSueur said.

Kristen Wohlers
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