The Gladstone Parade
The Gladstone Parade starts at 10 a.m. on Saturday, August 5. We are seeking bands, costumed groups, lawn chair drill teams, clowns, floats, & other creative entries for the 2017 parade, so sign up now and get ready for a fabulous event
Print the Parade Application
The 2017 parade will feature performances by both the Gladstone High School Band and The Beat Goes On Marching Band, accompanied by more than 30 baton twirlers and dancers!
Parade Grand Marshall: Ione Coats
This year’s Parade Grand Marshall Ione Coates has devoted 49 years to helping Gladstone’s children. From the classroom to the church to the school cafeteria, she seemed to know every child by name.
As a cook’s helper in Gladstone schools for 21 years, Ione was famous not just for her legendary wiener wraps and mountain bars, but for the warm smile and the attentiveness she gave to each student. She retired in 1997.
For a decade, she volunteered at John Wetten Elementary, helping with literacy projects, special events, fundraising, and paper grading. For many years, she also volunteered at Kraxberger Middle School.
“lone’s volunteer spirit should be celebrated,” said Kelley Chaney. “Her warm-hearted, honorable, and giving character helped spread the Gladstone spirit within our city. She has had a lifelong impact on the children and families of this community.”
Her community involvement also extended to projects at St. Stephen Lutheran Church, where she volunteered at the church preschool and made over 200 quilts as part of the quilting group.
In 49 years at her home on West Exeter, Ione has been at the heart of her family. After raising her own four children, she now stays involved with her 7 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.
“lone Coates represents everything good that can be found in Gladstone: community pride, honor, commitment to schools, strong faith, amazing work ethic, volunteerism, and friendship,” said Chaney.
The Big Event!
Parade entrants sign in begins at 8:30 a.m. August 5 in the Gladstone High School parking lot: 18800 Portland Avenue. A $10 donation per entry is requested to help cover event costs.
Parade route map
For more information, contact
Theresa Schmidt at AttentionTheresa@comcast.net
Tracy Todd at email@example.com or 503.329.5639