Orleans Old Timers’ Day Parade Celebrates 50th Anniversary of Suspension Bridge

Orleans enjoyed its 69th Old Timers’ Day Parade on Sunday. At the event, community elders are honored with a big parade which is followed by a potluck picnic. This year, the town also celebrated the 50th anniversary of the dedication of the new suspension bridge over the Klamath River.  “Everyone had fun, even in the heat,” said resident Penny Eckert.

They also set the standard for small town parade floats. These are wonderful.

Old Timers’ Day Parade 2017 Grand Marshal

Grand Marshals were Hank and Judy Lambert. [Photos provided by Penny Eckert]

Old Timers’ Day Parade 2017 Horn Bridge

Tom Horn, owner of TT Construction, built a reproduction of the bridge for his float and added an only-in-Orleans memory of Wes Gault flying his plane under the bridge one morning long ago.

Old Timers’ Day Parade 2017 Best of Show

Winning Best of Show was the Karuk Tribe’s Food Securities Program.



  • Could that sky be any bluer? Thanks.

  • Waited at the east end of the bridge (cool Bridge)just in time to see the tail end of the parade disappear. Coming back from camping ⛺️.The weather was hot, the sky was blue, the river was green. Great crowd awesome day. Beautiful country! Good 😊 time.

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