Orleans Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Robert Henderson reports that the weather forecast for Dogwood Parade Day Saturday is “Chamber of Commerce” Perfect! The Bicentennial edition of the 47th annual Orleans Dogwood Festival kicks off at 12 Noon and celebrates all things Orleans.
The theme for this year’s parade is Orleans 200: “Honoring the past-Anticipating the Future” incorporating the town’s 200th Birthday Celebration which is underway and will continue through year’s end.
Parade Chairman Randy Clark and his dedicated parade volunteers have been working for nearly a year to make this year’s parade one of the most memorable. “We have lots of great entries and it’s going to be a really fun event for everyone” Clark said.
The Parade starts from Orleans High School, located on the north edge of town, which serves as the staging area for the event.
The parade travels down South Maple (SR 37) and through the historic downtown area. The route continues to the corner of Jackson Street (Orleans Christian Church) and heads west on Jackson making its way back to high school by way of 3rd Street.