Dec. 12-14 Fire trucks bring out Christmas Parade

December 10, 2005

The Hood River County Fire Departments have released details for their 2005 Christmas Parade. There will be parades from 6-9 p.m. Monday, Dec. 12, Tuesday, Dec. 13, and Wednesday, Dec. 14 on the following routes:

* Dec. 12 – Odell/Pine Grove

After a 10-15 minute static display at the Odell Fire Station beginning at 6 p.m., the trucks will proceed to Mud Alley; from Mud Alley to Odell Highway; Odell Highway to Summit Drive; Summit to Wy’east Road, then turn north; Wy’east Road to Chamberlain Drive; Chamberlain to Summit Drive; east on Summit to Bartlett Loop; Bartlett to Wy’east Road, then turn south; Wy’east to Davis Drive; Davis to AGA Road; AGA Road south to AGA Mobile Home Park, where the trucks will make a loop.

The trucks will head back out on AGA Road north to Odell Highway, then to Chevron Drive; Chevron to Midway Road; Midway to Gateway Drive; then to Lingren Road, turning south; Lingren to Davis Drive; Davis to Sunday Drive; Sunday to the Thomsen Road/Neal Creek intersection.

At this point the Pine Grove fire trucks will take the lead, continuing north on Thomsen to Fir Mountain Road; east on Fir Mountain to Wells Drive; Wells Drive to Van Horn Drive; west on Van Horn to Highway 35; south on Highway 35 to Glass Road; then east to Eastside Road; north on Eastside to Highline Road; then to the Old Columbia River Highway; and ending at the China Gorge Restaurant.

* Dec. 13 – Parkdale/Dee

Beginning at the Parkdale Fire Station, the trucks will proceed along Fifth Street to Baseline Drive; Baseline to Clear Creek Road; then south to Culbertson Drive; Culbertson east to Baseline Road; north on Baseline to Toll Bridge Park; then to Highway 35; north on Highway 35 to the north end of Miller Road; south on Miller to Highway 35; Highway 35 to Woodworth Road; Woodworth to Old Parkdale Road; then to Trout Creek Ridge Road; Trout Creek to Dee Highway.

At this point Dee Fire Station will take the lead, beginning at the station and heading along Punch Bowl Road to Green Road; Green to Collins Road; and from Collins to Alder Road.

* Dec. 14 – West Side/Hood River

The West Side Fire Department will begin their parade event with a 10-15 min. static display, then proceed along Barrett Drive to Methodist Road; north on Methodist to Belmont Drive; then to Westside School for a 10-15 min. static display before heading back out Belmont to Avalon Drive; then turning onto Adams Loop; then on to Park Place Loop.

From Park Place Loop the parade will proceed to Belmont Drive; then east to Henderson Road; from Henderson back to Avalon Drive, then east to Belmont Drive.

The Hood River Fire Station will take the lead at Belmont and proceed to 13th Street, then south to Down Manor; then past Brookside Manor, heading east to the stoplight. The trucks will continue east on Eliot Drive to Eighth Street; north on Eighth to Pacific Avenue; west on Pacific to 12th Street, then north to May Street.

The parade will head east on May Street to Fourth Street, down Serpentine Road to State Street, where it will turn west and proceed to Sherman Avenue (crossing 13th Street); Sherman to 22nd Street; north on 22nd to Montello, then east to 17th Street.

The trucks will turn south on 17th and proceed to May Street, heading west to Rand Road; north on Rand to Cascade, then east on Cascade to Oak Street. From Oak the parade will go to Tum-A-Lum Lumber Co., where it will end.

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