Silverton boys basketball team serves as Grand Marshal for Pet Parade

May 2015 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Community
Silverton Pet Parade. Photo by Jim Kinghorn.

Silverton Pet Parade. Photo by Jim Kinghorn.

Every year, Silverton residents look forward to the 80-plus year tradition of the May Pet Parade.

Pets – of all varieties – are encouraged to bring their owners to the Saturday, May 16 event.

The Silverton High School State Champion boys basketball team has been named Grand Marshal for this year’s parade.

“The Foxes Boys Basketball Grand Marshal offers an inspiring opportunity to honor the students, faculty, and administration of Silverton High School for their comtmitment to emphasize academics in the classroom, and skill and respect for their opponents on the court or in the field,” Kiwanis Pet Parade Chairman Randal Thomas said.

The Silverton team won its first State Championship in 105 years on March 13, at Gill Coliseum.

Coach Steve Roth said the team is excited to be named Grand Marshal.

“The boys will be bringing their pets and dressing them up in uniforms,” Roth said.

The team will be escorted along the parade route by the SHS Fox mascot and the marching band.

Participants lineup beginning at 9:30 a.m. on Coolidge and Apple streets. The parade starts at 10 a.m. and travels along Main street to First, ending at Eugene Field School. There is no registration or fee to participate.

The Pet Parade is one of the Silverton Kiwanis numerous service projects that benefits the community. The parade has been a community tradition since 1932 attracting thousands of children and pets.

For information on the pet parade, visit

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