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This year's parade will be modified in many ways, but plans 11 mile loop through community

This year, Molalla will celebrate the Fourth of July with a different kind of parade. A group has been working on the project and Molalla City Councilor Terry Shankle provided some details during the City Council meeting Wednesday, June 24.

"We are going to have a Fourth of July parade this year, but it's not a normal parade," she said, noting that it's for cars and trucks only and there will be no candy thrown.

Parade participants will start lining up at 9 a.m. at Molalla High School, with the parade kicking off at 10 a.m., beginning a journey through Molalla that is nearly 11 miles long.

"Which is why it's cars and trucks," Shankle said. "I'm sure there will be some floats as people pull trailers, but no semi-trucks, no horses, no walking, that sort of thing.

PHOTO BY SANDY STOREY - Molalla will have a July 4 parade after all, but with only cars and trucks. The parade begins at MHS at 10 a.m. on July 4 and will travel nearly 11 miles throughout Molalla.

"I'm just amazed, as always, at how wonderful our police force is and how cooperative they are in working with us in getting things like this going," she said.

Shankle also made it clear that this parade is different from others in that it will be on one side of the road and traffic will "still be flowing on the other side of the road. I want to make sure people understand this.

"Don't be lining up on the streets, stay at your home, watch it from the comfort of your front yard," she advised.

A route map is available on the parade's event page on Facebook.

In other council news:

Molalla city councilors approved the 2020-21 city budget. The $42.6 million budget was OK'd by the budget committee in May and sent before the City Council at its June 24 meeting for approval.

After a public hearing with no testimony and no discussion from council, the budget was passed.

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