CONGRATULATIONS to all of our 2018 Parade Entry Winners:
Community Spirit: Estrella Vista STEM Academy
Most Entertaining: Ballet Folklorico de Santa Maria
Overall Appearance: Westside Tattoos
Best Band: Aqua Fria High School
Sign up for the Parade today! PARADE ENTRY REGISTRATION FORM
Floats, balloons, horses, bands and entertainers are ready to march down Western Avenue for the Billy Moore Days Parade, which starts at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 20th. 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.
Reminder there is a mandatory parade entry meeting on Wednesday, October 10th at 6:30 pm at Avondale City Hall (11465 Civic Center Dr, Avondale, AZ 85323).
Do you know one of our past Grand Marshals or Miss Billy Moore Day participants? We want to invite them to participate in the parade. Learn More
Billy Moore Days Parade fee for participation is $25 and registration deadline is October 10, 2018. 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.
Parade begins at 9:00 a.m. 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. There will be a shuttle to transport parade participants back and forth between the Staging and De-Staging.
Announcer towers located at:
Central & Western Avenue
Central & Brinker
Prize will be awarded for the following:
- Best Community Spirit
- Most Entertaining
- Best Overall Appearance
- Best Marching Band
Avondale is proud to announce this year’s Billy Moore Days Parade Special Guest of Honor, Grand Marshall, and Junior Grand Marshall. Three deserving individuals, selected by the Billy Moore Days Planning Committee, will be honored in the parade on Oct. 20.
Each of the three individuals represents the spirit of Avondale, and are being recognized for what they have brought to the community.
Guest of Honor: Randal McDaniel
This year’s Billy Moore Days Parade will proudly feature hometown hero and native son Randall McDaniel, as Guest of Honor of the 2018 Parade. Randall was raised in Avondale, Arizona and spent his active childhood engaged in sports including football and basketball and played for the Agua Fria High School teams. Randall McDaniel experienced success on the football field in high school earning a scholarship to play at Arizona State University of which he earned All-American honors and was drafted in 1988 b y the Minnesota Vikings. Randall McDaniel became widely known as one of the greatest and most versatile offensive lineman ever to play the game and was further recognized for setting an NFL record for starting in 12 consecutive Pro Bowls and for starting in 202 consecutive games. Randall McDaniel was inducted into the Minnesota Vikings “Ring of Honor” in 2006; the National Football Foundation College Hall of Fame in 2008, and finally, the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2009. Following retirement from the NFL in 2001, Randall McDaniel and his family settled in Minnesota, but often visits his family in his hometown of Avondale. A multi-use sports center was built in Avondale in 2010 and was named in his honor (Randall McDaniel Sports Complex). Randall currently serves as a continued role model, and is now an educator in the public schools.
Grand Marshall: David Schwake
David Schwake will serve as the Grand Marshall of the 2018 Parade. David grew up working in a family bakery, learning very early in life the value of working. He started a career in the area of food and nutrition, as a registered dietitian, and kitchen manager. A long time resident of the Southwest Valley, he served most of his career as Nutrition Director for the Litchfield School District, and was in that role for 25 yrs. He is a philanthropic leader serving on numerous boards. The list of his involvements include current President of the Agua Fria Food and Clothing Bank Board of Directors, member of the Association of Arizona Food Bank, Past Public Policy Chairman for the Arizona Dietetic Association, member of St Mary’s Food Bank Board of Directors (15 yrs.), past Board member of New Life Center (13 yrs.), Current Board member of Trellis (formally Neighborhood Housing Service of Southwest Maricopa County) (10 yrs.), currently on Southwest Maricopa First Things First Regional Council (11 years), Ruth Fisher School Board member, former Governing Board member Agua Fria High School District and leadership member of the Kiwanis Club of Litchfield Park. Passionate about making our community a better place to live, David Schwake is an example of a committed member of the community though his lifelong service.
Junior Grand Marshall: Narmeen Ghazawneh
Narmeen Ghazawneh will be this year’s Junior Grand Marshall. Narmeen grew up in Avondale and just recently graduated from Westview High School. As a current member of the Avondale Youth Advisory Commission (AYAC), Narmeen has found opportunities to stay involved in the community through the various activities and opportunities AYAC provides to its members. Since joining the AYAC during her Sophomore year, Narmeen has served more than 350 hours of community service while also having the unique opportunity to attend special workshops and conferences, such as the National League of Cities Conference in Washington D.C. Throughout high school, Narmeen was an active member of several clubs on campus ranging from Spanish club to a peer mediation group, but explains that her favorite one of all was being a member of Jobs for America’s Graduates, or “JAG,” at her school. Narmeen says that JAG helped her explore her future and because of this program she is now a student at Estrella Mountain Community College majoring in Law with a focus in becoming an immigration lawyer. Once she receives her Associate’s degree from EMCC she will transfer to Arizona State University’s Law program to continue her studies.
All three honorees will all ride on a float at the start of the parade. Billy Moore Days dates back to 1954 and celebrates the history of the area with a weekend festival, parade and carnival. It is named for the pioneer who established a stage stop, general store, and saloon in what became Avondale, Arizona.
It is not too late to consider entering your float, specialty vehicle, horse entries, marching unit, motorcycle, marching band, etc. Families, local school groups, marching bands, civic and neighborhood organizations, dance troupes, and businesses are all welcome to participate in the parade and add to the pageantry of an event.
The parade takes place at 9 a.m. Saturday, October 20th on Western Avenue in Historic Avondale, starting on Litchfield Road, and ends just west of Dysart Road. For more information and to get involved, visit www.billymooredays.com , or call 623-333-2400.
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