FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Two floats will cruise along with nearly 600 classic cars and trucks at Friday night’s Birthplace of Route 66 Festival. The parade starts at 6 p.m., rolling down the Mother Road from College and Grant to St. Louis and National. There’s plenty of seating along the route and spectators are encouraged to bring bag chairs and scope out a location early.
Mayor’s ’57 Chevy
Mayor Ken McClure and special guests will ride in a custom built float, designed by Mark Montgomery, from the City’s Department of Public Information & Civic Engagement, and Sterling Jones and team from the Public Works Department. The oversized 57 Chevy will also carry healthcare “heroes” who helped us through the pandemic, including representatives from Springfield-Greene County Health Department, Mercy, CoxHealth and first responders from Springfield Fire and Police Departments.
Connecting the Community in Faith
United Way of the Ozarks and the City of Springfield began the Have Faith Initiative during the pandemic as a way for the faith community, local government and the nonprofit community to come together and keep communication flowing. Together with the Interfaith Alliance of the Ozarks, the HFI has put together a float for the Birthplace of Route 66 Festival with the theme “Connecting the Community with Love.” Participating faith organizations include: The Venues; Unitarian Universalists; Second Baptist Church; Bahai Faith; Temple Israel; National Avenue Christian Church; The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; American Mormon Park; Islamic Center; Community Partnership of the Ozarks; South Street Christian Church; Central Christian Church; Unity Springfield; Yearly Chapel UMC; Trinity Presbyterian Church; Springfield-Greene County Health Department and Brentwood Christian Church.
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For more information, contact Cora Scott t 417-380-3352.
About the Parade:
The parade is organized by era the cars and trucks represent. Staging is color coded. Those needing to assemble for the parade, arrive at one of two entry points. Check-in #1 parade vehicles will be staged beginning at 4 p.m.,on College St. (historic Route 66) between Kansas Expy. and Grant Ave., heading east. Check-in #2 parade vehicles will be staged between West Ave. & Kansas, heading east.
Pre-parade parties and cookouts will take place from 4-6 p.m. at the Birthplace of Route 66 Roadside Park, 1200 block of West College and at the Route 66 Car Museum, 1634 W. College. Feel free to walk to either of these parties after you have staged your vehicle. We will also have live entertainment and a short ceremony at 5 p.m. at the Roadside Park.
The parade will kick off promptly at 6 p.m. at the corner of College (Historic Route 66) and Grant. It will proceed east to St. Louis and National. Traffic officers will direct the parade to disperse south on National, but cruisers may continue to head East to Glenstone. The parade will be organized by class, to be showcased in date order for our parade goers’ enjoyment and suggested assembly arrival times are listed below, but not mandatory.
Lead Vehicles are indicated in the Silver Zone and should arrive by 4 p.m. Please enter at Check in #1: (Kansas and College)
1) Vintage Era Vehicles (1900-1929) – Assemble at 4 p.m. (Blue Zone) (Check in #1)
2) Pre-War/Post-War Era Vehicles (1930-1954) – Assemble at 4 p.m. (Green Zone) (Check in #1)
3) Classic Era Vehicles (1955-1963) – Assemble at 4:15 p.m. (Red Zone) (Check in #1)
4) Muscle Era Vehicles (1964-1968) – Assemble at 4:30 p.m. (Gold Zone) (Check in #1)
5) Muscle Era Vehicles (1969-1973) – Assemble at 4:45 p.m. (Pink Zone) (Check in #2)
6) Modern Era Vehicles (1974-1989) – Assemble at 5:15 p.m. (Purple Zone) (Check in #2)
7) All RVs, Modified and Modern Era Vehicles and Motorcycles (1990-Present) – Check in 5:15 (Orange Zone) (Check in #2)