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Enjoy 'For The River' Day In Hood River

Annual event begins at 10:30 a.m. with parade

Columbia Riverkeeper is once again organizing "For the River Day," day-long celebration filled with family oriented events including a children's parade, children's treasure hunt, and Bo Diddley concert in the evening.

To start the morning off with a bang, Columbia Riverkeeper is hosting the Lions of Batucada to lead the children's parade.

With the theme, "A River Runs Through It," the parade will begin at 10:30 a.m. and is open to all kids and parents. Anyone wanting to be in the parade should meet at the public parking area at Front and State at 10 a.m. Saturday morning.

The popular Portland marching band, The Lions of Batucada will be leading the children through the streets of downtown Hood River. The Lions of Batucada is a 40-member marching percussion ensemble with dancers that plays the African-influenced samba dance music of Brazil.

After the parade, children will have the opportunity to participate in a treasure hunt through the streets of downtown Hood River. With over 40 local businesses supporting the day's events, children will be able to go to businesses with "For the River Day" posters in their windows and collect clues for the treasure hunt. Kids can begin the hunt at any participating business with the sign in the window.

"This is going to be a really fun event" said Julie Davies, Columbia Riverkeeper's Development and Outreach Director. "It's a great activity for kids. The clue hunt will not only give kids a chance to hunt for clues downtown, but will educate them about the Columbia River."

The first three kids to complete the hunt will get a special treasure bag. The first 150 children to successfully collect all of the clues will receive a kid's T-shirt.

Children will also be able to experience the fun of kayaking. Hood River Outfitters is hosting a kids kayaking day.

From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., children will be able to kayak around in the Hood River jetty.

Meeting points and additional information will be distributed after the parade.

Then after having spent a fun-filled day in the Gorge, families are encouraged to come to the 7th Annual Riverfest. This year's entertainment features Bo Diddley, the "originator of rock."

In addition RiverFest will host The Rose City Kings, a rockin' rhythm and blues band as well as the New Iberians who will start out the evening with zydeco music at 5 p.m. The Lions of Batucada will also be marching along the waterfront at 4:30 helping to create a fun festival atmosphere.

Tickets are available at Waucoma Bookstore or Klindt's in The Dalles.

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