CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR 2016 PARADE WINNERS:
Overall Appearance: Sonny’s Boxing Gym
Best Adaptation to the Theme: Rainbow Ladies
Most Entertaining: Sun City Poms
Thank you to ALL of the entries who participated in the parade! We hope to see you again next year!
Floats, balloons, horses, bands and entertainers are ready to march down Western Avenue for the return of the Billy Moore Days Parade, which starts at 10 a.m. on Saturday, October 22. The parade will feature dozens of colorful entries, decorated floats, marching bands, horse drawn wagons, dance groups, local celebrities and political figures, community organizations, antique cars, school clubs, scouts, and more. To allow for a large crowd to cheer them on, the city has provided details and maps related to road closures, event shuttle and parking.
The Grand Marshal of the Parade this year is former Avondale educator Belen Moreno. Mrs. Moreno, 81, grew up in the farm labor camps near Litchfield Park in the 1930s and 40s, went to college to become a teacher, married her childhood sweetheart, Rudy Moreno, and spent more than 37 years as a teacher in the Avondale Elementary School District. Even though she retired from teaching in the 1980s, Belen is still hard at work as a local historian of the Goodyear Farm camps. She is currently co-writing a book titled Los Campos De Litchfield Park, which documents the lives of the hundreds of families who lived at the farm labor camps from 1929 until they closed in 1986. Her designation of Grand Marshal in the Parade is a tribute to her preservation of our local history.
A special thank you to our parade announcers:
Tower 1 located at 4th Street and Western will be Dave Pratt and Cheryl Todd.
At Tower 2 located at Central and Wester will be John Safin.
Dave Pratt is founder of Star Worldwide Networks and is a longtime Arizona radio and television personality and host of Dave Pratt Live. Cheryl Cook Todd, owner of AZ Fire Arms and Pot of Gold was the 1984 Miss Billy Moore! John Safin is President and CEO of the Southwest Valley Chamber of Commerce.
The National Anthem will be performed by Cheryl Todd.
Sign up for the Parade today!
Billy Moore Days Parade is limited to entries and entries that celebrate the rich history of Avondale and the Southwest Valley. Fee for participation is $25 and registration deadline is October 7,2016.
Parade begins at 10:00 am. The route begins at Litchfield and Western Avenue, travels east on Western to 5th Street where it turns north and ends at Agua Fria High School.
A mandatory meeting of all parade entries will be held on Wednesday, October 12 at 6 pm at Avondale City Hall. All entries must have a representative in attendance.
If you believe you meet this criteria and are ready to celebrate Avondale’s 70th Birthday with us please click the link below to sign up.