Tradition in Siouxland, River-cade Parade, Sioux City

19 Jul

Like many communities in the Siouxland area, Sioux City, Iowa, has a few traditions. One is the River-cade Parade. Its history stretches back 50 some years, beginning with a celebration of the Missouri River and the commercial traffic on the river. But like many traditions, the original meaning and purpose of the celebration gets lost over the years. Rivercade has struggled over the last number of years of getting volunteers to help, getting people and groups to participate, and just keeping the tradition alive.

This year thee was going to be a kazoo contingent walking and playing in the parade, and it didn’t materialize. There was also the scramble days before of getting enough groups to participate to actually make the parade happen. As the event organizers age, some now reaching their 70’s, what happens to tradition. If younger people do not participate in the organization itself, where does that leave a community’s tradition, and should that tradition then become what it celebrates, history.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

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