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Fiesta parade starting earlier

by: FILE PHOTO - This year's Fiesta Mexicana parade will begin at 11 a.m. instead of noon to accommodate for the Fiesta queen coronation ceremony.The Woodburn Fiesta Mexicana’s popular Saturday morning parade will begin winding its way through city streets at 11 a.m., one hour earlier than it has in previous years.

According to Woodburn Tourism Coordinator Ruby Wolfer, the parade was moved up this year so as not to conflict with the coronation of the Fiesta Court queen and first princess.

Typically a Friday evening event, the coronation ceremony has been scheduled this year for 1 p.m. Saturday on the family stage.

The Fiesta Court will lead the parade this year, which will feature around 100 other entries, a colorful mix of musical acts, dancers, floats, marching bands, classic vehicles, horse-mounted riders and more.

“It’s going to be huge,” Wolfer said.

The parade’s grand marshals this year will be husband and wife Fred Bustamante and Anna Gomez Bustamante, whom Fiesta organizers said were selected for their dedication and commitment both to the event and the community as a whole.

Both are the children of migrant farm workers who settled in the area in the mid-1950s.

Anna Gomez Bustamante has the distinction of having been involved in the very first Fiesta celebration more than 50 years ago, when her family helped with the organizing and cooking. Gomez Bustamante even assisted with the crowning of the first Fiesta queen.

The parade will begin at the Woodburn Aquatic Center and wind its way through to Legion Park on Park Avenue.

Volunteer forms and other information can be found online at woodburnfiestamexicana.com, or call the Woodburn Area Chamber of Commerce at 503-982-8221.

Tyler Francke covers all things Woodburn. He can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 503-765-1195.




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