Parade planned for a great city for arts, outdoors and athletics

EUGENE, Ore. - Get your parade entry together now: Eugene plans to host a parade Saturday, Jan. 22, to celebrate the national successes of the University of Oregon's debate team, gospel choir and a capella group On The Rocks.

Oh, and the football team will be there, too.

Win or lose, Chip Kelly and his crew plan to take part in the parade, the theme of which is a succinct "Celebrating Champions - Honoring Excellence on the Field, in the Classroom, and in the Community."

Schools, businesses and community organizations in the Eugene-Springfield community are invited to join in with parade entries that support the theme.  Applications are available online.

The parade is set for Saturday, Jan. 22, beginning at 10 a.m. on the University of Oregon campus.

The parade will travel down 13th Ave to Kincaid and then to 11th Ave and Oak and will end at the Park Blocks in downtown Eugene with an event featuring live entertainment.

"Clearly the Oregon football team is spectacular this year, and we are so proud of them making it to the national championship. That was the catalyst but there is so much more for us to celebrate," said Mayor Kitty Piercy. "This is also a celebration of the excellence of many other UO academic, arts and athletics programs and the accolades they have earned. And it's a fun way to honor and recognize the important connection between the city and the university."

The parade will happen rain or shine, and whether the UO football team wins the national championship or not.

And no word yet on whether Eugene's motto will be further revised from "A Great City for the Arts and Outdoors" and extended with an "and Athletics" or not.