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Medford sees the return of Pear Blossom Festival Parade

Today the Pear Blossom Festival held its annual parade after a year without one.

Posted: Apr 10, 2021 4:08 PM
Updated: Apr 12, 2021 9:50 AM

MEDFORD, Ore. — Today the Pear Blossom Festival held it's annual parade, which looked a little different this year due to COVID-19. Instead of floats traveling through downtown, with thousands of people watching on the sidewalks, people had to drive through the parade in their cars. 

One man who has been part of the parade since 1987, said that he understands how it has to be this year but he has high hopes for returning to normal next year. 

"It's so much more fun riding and seeing the people and, and their pleasure and what we do. So, it's something fun and we do looking forward to getting back to the normal thing next year. Everybody should get their shots and get this thing eradicated." -Bill Wirch

The Pear Blossom Festival did keep it's local and food vendors through out downtown for people who wanted to walk the streets instead of driving. One woman that has been a volunteer for the parade since 1998, decided to become a vendor this year.

"I'm interacting with the public more than just the float personnel...  but I still feel involved with the community... It's nice to see the people back out and about and talking, It's nice to have the communication and the smiles again, and people being able to be out and about with everybody."- Jodi Straw, Jodi's checking junk and more.

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