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Come out and celebrate iFest

August 8, 2013
Salem News

Next to the Salem Super Cruise, one of the biggest downtown crowd magnets will be here Saturday. The annual Grande Parade first appeared back in 1981 when the city celebrated its 175th birthday with the first Jubilee. Many of you will remember the Jubilee. That event, which lasted into the 90s, was huge during its day. The Jubilee drew 5,000 people daily over its annual four-day run before becoming streamlined and ultimately stopped. An all good things must come to an end kind of decision. Which was wise. Its time had indeed come and gone. According to our research, the Grande Parade itself attracted 15,000-20,000 residents during the height of the Jubilee. That might have been something of a stretch but it did bring in a bunch of people.



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