Last Call for Entries!

Organizers announced the judges for the 2012 89er Day Parade, scheduled for Saturday, April 21. This year’s theme is “Back in the Saddle… Again.”

Organizers selected W. E. Duff, Linda Holt, Gary Hardwick, Bob Rice, Anthony Wuestenfeld, Meghan McCormick, Brad Benson, and Joe Antinoro to judge the 2012 89er Day Parade.

There are 10 divisions upon which entries will be judged: Floats, Round-Up Club, Music & Dance Groups, Auto, Trucks, Other Vehicles, Miscellaneous Children, Miscellaneous Adult, Equestrian and Other Animal.

The parade, commemorating the day in 1889 that Oklahoma was opened for settlement, will begin 10 a.m. on Main Street and Pickard, ending at Main Street and Crawford Avenue.

This years parade will include entries such as the United States Marshal Posse with 12 horsemen and an original jail wagon! Other entries include marching bands from Blanchard, Lexington and Noble schools, and the Oklahoma Scottish Pipes and Drums, the most attractive pipe band in Oklahoma.

Entry deadline for the parade is April 14. Entry forms are available at or by calling (405) 366-3954. Entry forms can be submitted by faxing to (405) 573-3177.

More information is available at the official 89er Day website,

Norman 89er Day Parade Announces Theme

Covered wagons are rolling through downtown Norman for the 2012 Norman ’89er Day Parade at 10 a.m. Saturday.

The theme of this year’s parade is “Back in the Saddle ... Again” and will celebrate the anniversary of the Great Land Run, which opened the “Unassigned Lands” in central Oklahoma for settlement on April 22, 1889.

Sean Crandall, co-chairperson with Charles Hollingsworth, said the parade is the perfect family friendly event, complete with historical details and floats.

“I think the whole goal is to commemorate our history as the state of Oklahoma and Norman’s history becoming a city,” he said. “And remembering our western heritage and the past.”

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The parade will begin at Main Street and Pickard Avenue — with this year’s grand marshals, Drs. Bill and Teena Nations, in the lead — and will end at Main Street and Crawford Avenue.

The ’89ers Day Wagon Train — a group that tours the Oklahoma countryside in covered wagons to commemorate the land run — will be a part of the train of wagons, floats, bands, horses and classic cars during this Norman tradition, Crandall said.

This year’s judges — W. E. Duff, Linda Holt, Gary Hardwick, Bob Rice, Anthony Wuestenfeld, Meghan McCormick, Brad Benson and Joe Antinoro — will determine winners in 10 categories. Categories include best float, musical/dance group, automobiles, miscellaneous, animals and more.

Crandall said the parade will include performances from Norman High School and Norman North High School jazz bands, Lexington High School band and Noble High School band.

The parade is one of the many things that makes Norman special, Crandall said.

“I think anyone that comes out will be entertained (and) will have a good morning, and (it’s) a great way to start their weekend,” he said.

Norman ’89er Day is funded by the city of Norman and donations from individuals and businesses.