Parade Honors 100 Years Of History


Sunday, October 14th 2007, 10:54 pm
By: News On 6


OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Thousands took to the streets of Oklahoma City today as symbols of state's past, present and future marched through downtown in a procession reminiscent of a Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Miss America 2007 Lauren Nelson and Oscar-nominated actor James Garner served as grand marshals for the Oklahoma Centennial Parade to celebrate the state's 100th birthday.

Governor Brad Henry, first lady Kim Henry and their three daughters were among the notables participating the celebration.

But there were also the floatables: Sissy the Scissor-tailedFlycatcher and Buckley the Buffalo, two giant balloons representing the state bird and the state animal.

American Indian fancy and shawl dancers brought Oklahoma's heritage to life, performing alongside a float in the shape of a headdress with each of the feathers bearing the name a tribe represented in the state.

The University of Oklahoma marching band got everyone clapping with their rendition of "Oklahoma!" and the Langston University band got some spirited direction from their lively drum major.

Watch the video:Oklahoma's Centenniel Parade