Parade

GM_WantedimageFloats, balloons, horses, bands and entertainers are ready to march down Western Avenue for the return of the Billy Moore Days Parade, which starts at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 28th.  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.

Sign up for the Parade today! PARADE ENTRY REGISTRATION FORM


Billy Moore Days Parade fee for participation is $25 and registration deadline is October 18, 2017.  It is open to all types of parade entries this year so no matter what interesting vehicle, marching group, or crazy contraption you have we want to see it.

ROUTE:
Parade begins at 10:30 am.  The route begins at Litchfield and Western Avenue, travels east on Western to Central Avenue where it turns north and ends at First Southern Baptist Church at La Canada Blvd.  There will be a shuttle to transport parade participants back and forth between the Staging and De-Staging.

PRIZES:
Prize will be awarded for the following:

  • Best Community Spirit
  • Most Entertaining
  • Best Overall Appearance
  • Best Marching Band

PARADE ENTRY MEETING:

A mandatory meeting of all parade entries will be held on Wednesday, October 18 at 6 pm at Avondale City Hall.  All entries must have a representative in attendance.


STREET CLOSURE INFORMATION: Billy Moore Parade Map

Street name color below corresponds with the map to the right.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 25

  • 4th Street – Between Western & Belmont CLOSED – 12PM – Until Monday, October 30, 1:00 AM

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 27

  • Western Avenue – Between 7th Street and 3rd Street CLOSED – 1:00 PM – Until Sunday, October 29 1:00 AM
  • 4th Street – Between Western & Belmont continued closure – Wednesday, October 25, 12PM – Until Monday, October 30, 1:00 AM

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 28

  • Litchfield Rd. between Western & Goodyear parkway, northbound lanes 7:30 AM – 12PM
  • Western Avenue – Between Litchfield Rd. & Central Avenue – CLOSED 8:30 AM – 1:00 PM
  • Central Avenue – Between Western Ave. and Van Buren – CLOSED 8:30 AM – 1:00 PM
  • Intersection of Western & Central – Closed10 am – 1pm. Central open south of the intersection and Western open east of the intersection for eastbound turns only until 10am
  • Western Avenue – Between 7th Street and 3rd Street CLOSED – Friday, October 27 1:00 PM – Until Sunday, October 29 1:00 AM
  • 4th Street – Between Western & Belmont continued closure – Wednesday, October 25, 12PM – Until Monday, October 30, 1:00 AM

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About our Parade Grand Marshal & Jr. Grand Marshal: 

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Bobby Jones is a well decorated military veteran.  Bobby Jones retired with 23 years (1982-2005) active service, including two years in support of Operations Desert Storm and Enduring Freedom.  Bobby was stationed in Phoenix in 2000 and found a permanent home in Avondale.  Bobby Jones is known for his compassion and commitment to support fellow veterans in this community and beyond. He served as a member of the MANA (Marines, Army, Navy, Air Force ) House Advisory Council from the beginning.  He has helped raise thousands of dollars in support of MANA House homeless veterans transitional living facility. He is a consistent volunteer for the annual Maricopa County StandDown, providing services and support for homeless veterans. Each year Bobby Jones organizes the POW/MIA Remembrance and Recognition event for the VFW.  Bobby was inducted into Sigma Alpha Pi as a Presidential member in 2015 during that same year he was also inducted into the Arizona Veterans Hall of Fame Class of 2015. During his military career he was awarded 5 Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals 7 Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Navy Humanitarian Medal, Kuwait Liberation Medal, South-west Asia Medal and Global War on Terrorism Medal. In addition to various other medals, he earned a Combat Action Ribbon and a Presidential Meritorious Service Citation and a Presidential Unit Citation. In May 2017 he became a National Engaged Leader in Sigma Alpha Pi. Bobby is a 32nd Degree Prince Hall Free Mason as well as a Prince Shriner. Although retired now from military service, he continued on with a career in education, Bobby Jones teaches grades 8-12 at Country Gardens Charter School.  He is also a well-known public speaker sharing his story of military service at public events, and serves as an active member of the Arizona Prince Hall Freemasons, VFW, American Legion and Disable American Veterans.

 

Jr. Grand MarshalJr. Grand Marshal Michelle Dirzo

Michelle Dirzo, an Avondale resident and a sophomore at Agua Fria High School, was selected as Junior Grand Marshal, a first time role in the history of the parade.  Michelle won the 2016 nomination as the Avondale Youth representative for the All-America City Youth Award, for her exemplary service to her community.  Michelle has proven to be a compassionate member of the community, giving of her time and putting others before herself.  She highly involved in clubs and activities at school.  Examples of her outward compassion includes traveling to Mexico collecting, delivering and distributing clothes for children at Training For Life Church in Nogales. She also has helped with Not Hungry Tonight, where she assists in meal packet assembling to help feed needy families locally.  She is also a member of the City of Avondale Youth Advisory Commission and is a member of the National Honors Society.