By Conrad Dudderar
Shriners from eight states are getting ready to parade down Yukon’s Main Street.
The Central States Shrine Association (CSSA) will present its 2021 Shrine parade at 8 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 21 in Yukon. The primary parade route will be on the south side of Main Street from Garth Brooks Boulevard to Fifth Street.
Mini-Indy cars, bikes, trikes, dune buggies, motorcycles, scooters, go-carts, miniature combines, and more will be featured. There are about 500 entries.
“Come out to see things you’ve never seen before,” said Yukon’s Ellis Marquez, a member of India Shrine in Oklahoma City. “See what the Shriners have to offer.”
Members of Oklahoma’s three Shrine centers will be joined by Shriners from seven other “central” U.S. states – Kansas, Texas, Arkansas, Colorado, Missouri, Nebraska, and Iowa.
Participants will travel 5-10 miles per hour during the Aug. 21st “rolling parade” in downtown Yukon. They will leave and return from the Yukon Middle School parking lot, 801 S Garth Brooks Blvd.
Shriners International is a fraternal organization that raises funds to support Shrine hospitals across North America, Canada, and Mexico.
Oklahoma’s Shrine centers (headquarters) are India at 3601 NW 36th in Oklahoma City, Bedouin in Muskogee and Akdar in Tulsa.
The last CSSA Shrine parade in Yukon was 11 years ago.
“If you were here in 2010, you remember seeing some of us,” said Marquez, who joined the India Shriners in 1998. “Times have changed since then.”
HERE FOR CZECH FEST TOO
The India Shrine is hosting the CSSA’s regional convention this year. Shriners from some 22 cities across the Midwest will attend.
Meanwhile, India Shriners will be back for the 56th Oklahoma Czech Festival parade on Saturday, Oct. 2 in downtown Yukon.
Their eye-catching maneuvers along the Main Street parade route has been a highlight of this Czech heritage celebration for decades.
The India Shrine Circus will be presented Oct. 21-24 at the Jim Norick State Fair Park Arena in Oklahoma City.
Shrine Hospitals for Children is a one-of-a-kind international health care system dedicated to improving the lives of children by providing specialty pediatric care, innovative research, and outstanding teaching programs in a family-centered environment.
Children up to the age of 18 with orthopedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries and cleft lip and palate are eligible for admission to the hospital and receive all care with no financial obligation on the patient or their family.