2017 Lumberjack Days Parade
2017 Stillwater Lumberjack Days Parade
Starts at 1:05pm on Sunday, July 23, 2017
Registration is closed for 2017
Yes! We will be continuing the tradition of the parade with an overall hometown feeling, as we look at ways to make our event a great experience for parade viewers, participants, and workers alike.
Last year we added a motorcycle demo team, drum line, a couple marching bands, several new entries, and we greatly improved programming at Washington Square Park. All of those new features involve performance fees (along with the other fees to put on a parade), hence the importance of continued financial support of the greater Lumberjack Days event. Our goal remains to make Stillwater’s parade route THE place to be on Sunday early afternoon, July 23rd, as we contribute to the weekend’s celebration of Stillwater, the greater St. Croix Valley, and our area’s Lumberjack heritage. With your creative help, and passing your ideas back to us, we can make it so!
If you have questions, please contact Parade Director Dave Ratte at email@example.com.
We've sent out our press releases for the parade. Here's what they said this year:
1. First Release.
June 30, 2017
Keeping the tradition alive with great family fun, The Locals and their parade directors have put together the annual Stillwater Lumberjack Days parade. The parade will be on Sunday, July 23rd, stepping off at 1:05pm from Stillwater’s Washington Square Park. Get out your lawn chairs, line the route, and have your arms ready to wave!
Beginning at the corner of Greeley and Churchill Streets, the parade will have live music, marching bands, a drum line, a pipe and drum corps, dancing, yummy treats for all ages, and definitely a few pleasant surprises. Included in the parade this year is live music from the bands Ruben and The Lowland Lakers.
Kicking off the day is the high energy Twin Cities cover band Necessary Diversion, playing live music before the parade at Washington Square Park from 11:30am to 1:00pm. Also at Washington Square Park will be an Arts & Crafts booth for the kids, and Rusty the Clown will be entertaining us all with his colorful and wacky balloon creations, beginning at 12pm at Washington Square Park and making his way along the route with the parade.
This year’s parade Grand Marshals are US Senator Amy Klobuchar and Washington County Commissioner Gary Kriesel, honoring them for their significant role in shepherding the new St. Croix River bridge through Congressional approval to construction completion. The ribbon-cutting ceremony is slated for August 2, 2017.
Also recognized and joining Klobuchar and Kriesel in the parade are the numerous bridge construction workers and managers, their families, and the elected officials and local citizens who supported construction of the new bridge over the past 30 years.
The parade route travels north from Washington Square Park along Greely St., one block west on Olive St., north on Owens St., and east on Laurel St. to conclude at Pioneer Park. For more information or a detailed map, check out the Stillwater Lumberjack Days website.
Stillwater Lumberjack Days parade directors are always looking for volunteers and still need Parade Marshals to line the route. It’s never too late to sign up at http://lumberjackdays.com/volunteer
Come on out and support your local parade!
2. Second Release.
30 June 2017
The Locals announce Klobuchar, Kriesel to be Grand Marshalls of Lumberjack Days Parade
Organizers of the annual Lumberjack Days parade in Stillwater today announced that US Senator Amy Klobuchar and Washington County Commissioner Gary Kriesel will be Grand Marshalls of the 2017 Lumberjack Days Parade. The parade will be held on Sunday, July 23rd at 1:05 p.m.
Parade organizers also announced the creation of a parade unit for bridge construction workers, their families, and the elected officials who supported construction of the new bridge over the past 30 years. A large group of former and current elected officials from Minnesota and Wisconsin federal, state and local government are expected to march with the construction workers.
“As we get closer to the ribbon-cutting, excitement for the new bridge is building. It’s easily the most important thing that’s happened in our town in the past 50 years, and we felt that the people who worked on the bridge deserved to be recognized in our parade,” said Brad Glynn, parade organizer for The Locals.
Glynn noted that Klobuchar was selected for the honor as she was the chief author of federal legislation that all 100 US Senators had to unanimously approve in 2012 to allow construction to go forward. Kriesel was chosen to honor his career of service on behalf of the new bridge as both a Stillwater City Councilmember and a member of the Washington County Board. He is the senior local official to have advocated for the construction of the overall bridge project.
“This bridge has been a lifetime in the making for a lot of us. I can’t even begin to count the number of bridge design and bridge advocacy meetings we’ve held over the last 30 years,” said Kriesel. “It’s such a relief to see it nearly done, and we’re excited for the opportunities it will bring.”
“It’s an honor to serve as this year’s Grand Marshall of the famous Lumberjack Days Parade alongside Commissioner Kriesel,” said Klobuchar. “Over the years I’ve loved attending the parade, so this is a special honor. Passing the legislation that made the new bridge possible was a true team effort – city, state and federal lawmakers worked together to get it done. The new bridge will provide families and businesses in the Stillwater region with safer, more efficient travel for generations to come.”
The annual Lumberjack Days parade follows a route that is 1-1/2 miles long, and is regularly attended by several thousand people from the region.
Here are some participants in the 2017 parade that you should check out!
Project Life at - stillwaterprojectlife.org
Stillwater Medical Group/Lakeview Hospital at - lakeviewhealth.org
PowerUp at - powerup4kids.org
Ultimate Marital Arts Stillwater at - www.umamn.com
St. Paul Eye Clinic at - www.stpauleye.com
CrossWinds Community Church - www.crosswindscc.org
CarSoup.Com - www.carsoup.com
Kari's Create & Paint Studio - www.kcapstudio.com
Pinz - www.pinz.com
Pure Poms and Cheer, Sponsored by NorthStar Real Estate Associates and Paul Melby Mortgage
The Greater Stillwater Chamber of Commerce - www.greaterstillwaterchamber.com
Stillwater Motors - www.stillwatermotors.com
In addition, we especially thank the following organizations that donated their time, talent, expertise, and extra financial support in putting on the parade:
Necessary Diversion at - www.necessarydiversion.com
Ruben at - ruben.bandcamp.com/music
The Lowland Lakers at - www.thelowlandlakers.com
Lumberjack Enterprises with Jamie Fischer at - www.lumberjackenterprises.com
Century Power and Sports at - www.centurypwrsports.com
Stillwater Trolley at - http://stillwatertrolley.com
Central School Bus at - www.northamericacentral.com
Rockpoint Church at - www.rockpoint.church
Aamodt's Hot Air Balloons at - aamodtsballoons.com
Stillwater Oaks Golf Course at - www.stillwateroaksgolf.com
Harbor Bar & Restaurant - www.facebook.com/Harbor-Bar-Restaurant