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Join us on Thursday, July 4 at 9am for the Grand Parade – the largest of its kind in the state of Utah – highlighting freedom through bands, professionally crafted floats, giant helium balloons and local and national performers. Entries will be given the unique challenge to promote patriotism among the 300,000 spectators, through music, displays, dance, and other creative and meaningful expression. The parade will follow the same route that it has in previous years. It begins at 960 N. University Ave. and proceeds south to 100 S. and then turns east to 200 E. From there it turns north to Center St. and then turns east and ends at 900 E.
PARADE ENTRY THEME
The theme for parade entries should be based on America’s Freedom Festival mission statement, “To celebrate, teach, honor, and strengthen the traditional American values of family, freedom, God, and country”. Please submit application online. See link at bottom of this page.
On sale June 3rd.
Reserved bleacher seats for the Grand Parade may be purchased at the Utah Valley Convention and Visitors Bureau. Tickets are $7.00 each. The offices of the Utah Valley Convention and Visitors Bureau are located at 220 West Center Street, Provo, UT 84601. For directions or other information call (801) 851 -2100.
PROVO CITY PARADE SPECTATOR RULES
Spectators may “stake out” their claim to a spot along University Avenue no earlier than July 3, 2013 at 3:00pm per Provo City Ordinance. All other portions of the parade route can not be claimed or reserved until July 4, 2013 at 5:00am.
This includes trying to “reserve or occupy, or attempt to claim, reserve or occupy, either in person or by the placement of ropes, tents, chairs, sleeping bags, blankets, or other devices or barriers, any public property as a position for observing [the] public parade” (SECTION 9.14.220).
All motor vehicles located on the parade route must be moved prior to 8:00pm on July 3, 2013 or “shall be considered a public nuisance and may be towed from the public street”.
Please note that in order to reserve a spot on the parade route at least one person must be present. Any items left unattended may be moved.
Portable toilets will be located every other block along the parade route.
Handicap parking is available on a first-come, first-serve basis at the church located at 150 E. 200 S. in Provo. Vehicles must enter the parking lot from 200 South. There is no reserved handicap seating.
A Sincere Expression of Gratitude
Provo residents held their first Independence Day celebrations back in 1877. That celebration and the more than 130 that have followed, honored the courage and dedication of those patriots that founded this great nation and the thousands who died to establish and maintain the freedoms we enjoy. The Grand Parade sponsored by America’s Freedom Festival for over 30 years has maintained the same goal. We seek to have participants “experience a greater feeling of patriotism, feel gratitude for the sacrifice and service given to our country, join in unity as a community and sense their personal obligation to sustain and preserve these values”. The Grand Parade showcases both the diversity and unity of our community and is the result of significant commitment and much hard work.
Thirty-seven men and women form the Grand Parade Committee, giving freely of their time to plan, coordinate and direct the efforts of hundreds of additional volunteers and participants in a yearlong effort to bring this extraordinary celebration of freedom to nearly a 400,000 celebrants. We recognize the efforts and sacrifices made by each of them and their families who support them and we desire to draw your attention to these wonderful individuals and the effort made in your behalf. Please express your appreciation and gratitude to the following:
|Mark Gelter||Announcers Chair|
|Bryan Mathews||Automobiles Chair|
|Michael Rawson||Automobiles Assistant|
|Erick Hollenbaugh||Balloons Chair|
|Nancy Cannon||Bands Chair|
|Cary McConnell||Bleachers Co-Chair|
|Andrea McConnell||Bleachers Co-Chair|
|Brett Beasley||Dignitaries Chair|
|Joseph Osmond||Equestrian Entries Chair|
|Kelly Roundy||Equestrian Assistant|
|Tara Kennard||Exec. Assistant-Applications Chair|
|Janese Christensen||Float Base Chair|
|David Griffith||Flyover Chair|
|Mike Casperson||Judging / Awards Chair|
|Shane Frey||Military Entries Chair|
|Terry Kennard||Parade Co-Chair|
|Josh DeWitt||Parade Operations Chair|
|Curtis Canon||Parade Route Clean-up Chair|
|Megan Kennard||Pre-parade Chair|
|Doreen Nelson||Publicity Chair|
|Suzanne Barney||Radio Coordination Chair|
|Andy Heil||Radio Coordination Assistant|
|Wally Breitenstein||Security Chair|
|Bruce Simon||Signs/Banners Chair|
|Dallas Harken||Vending Chair|
|Whitney Harken||Assistant Vending Chair|
|Rachael Beasley||VIP Catering Chair|
|Milliece Dunkel||Volunteer Chair|
|Steven Messick||BYU Police Liaison|
|Scott Henderson||Provo City Liaison|
|Gary Jolley||Provo City Fire Liaison|
|Matt Siufanua||Provo City Police|
|Doris Grant||Provo City Police Assist. Liaison|
|Blake Romney||Provo Ch17 Liaison|
|Alan Leftwich||Provo City Sanitation Liaison|
We must also recognize the financial and operational support given by our great sponsors. Without their support it might be impossible to continue to bring this wonderful event to you. Please recognize and express your appreciation and gratitude to the leaders of the following organizations:
Provo City Daily Herald Metal Mart Comcast Toyota
Parade Entries: Cindy Kennard – firstname.lastname@example.org