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Dodge City Daily Globe - Dodge City, KS
  • 52nd annual Western Parade Saturday

  •      Dodge City Days wouldn't be complete without the annual parade, the parade host organization, AMBUCS and Darrell Roths, parade chairman, hopet this year will be just as fun and entertaining as ever.  This is the third year that AMBUCS has hosted the parade


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  •      Dodge City Days wouldn't be complete without the annual parade, the parade host organization, AMBUCS and Darrell Roths, parade chairman, hopet this year will be just as fun and entertaining as ever.  This is the third year that AMBUCS has hosted the parade
         "We are in charge of everything with the parade," said Roths, "including registration, advertising, getting judges, handing out awards and anything else that might come up in the process."
         AMBUCS is expecting at least 100 different entries in the parade, which is average compared to the last few years. Anyone who is interested in being in the parade may still register, but they will no longer be eligible for judging.
         The parade will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday.
         "With that many different floats and groups, it'll take awhile for everyone to get started, but once they do, it should move along nicely," said Roths
         The route has changed slightly this year due to construction going on on 2nd Avenue. Now, instead of going from Comanche to 2nd, they will go from Comanche, down 1st Avenue to Mulberry and then over to 2nd. From there the rest of the route is the same.
         Gus Crump, this year's parade marshal, will lead the parade through the route to the Dodge City Roundup Arena. Immediately following the parade the annual barbecue contest will begin, and around 3 p.m. the winners of the parade will be announced.
         Entries will be judged on the following criteria: theme, creativity, sound and /or music, and originality.   Categories of entries will be youth, commercial, adult non-profit, and horse/western units. In each category there will be a first, second and third prize awarded of $75, $50 and $25 respectively. Commercial entries will receive plaques that they can display in their businesses instead of a cash prize.
         "I hope that everyone has fun and enjoys the parade," said Roths, "and they do it in a way that is respectful of the others in attendance, so everyone can have a good time."
         To register for the parade call (620) 339-0194 to have one sent to you, or drop by Phillips Chiropractic and Physical Therapy Center to pick up a registration form. You may also register the day of the parade by going to the Civic Center parking lot and signing up.
         Keep Dodge City Beautiful would like to remind viewers of the Dodge City Days parade to bring with them reusable bags for the many items that will be distributed from the parade floats.  An exciting part of viewing the parade, especially for children, is receiving the handouts (candy, bottled water, etc.) that are distributed.
         “The parade is recognized as a litter-free event,” stated Kurth Lancaster, Keep Dodge City Beautiful (KDCB) coordinator. “We would appreciate everyone’s participation in cleaning up their area and removing any trash so that when the parade is over, the parade route is as clean as if there had not been an event.”
    Page 2 of 2 -      KDCB has recruited volunteers who will be distributing extra litter bags before the parade for anyone who forgets to come prepared.  There will also be a few polycarts placed along the parade route for disposal of litter; however, taking it home and placing in the household trash bin is the best answer.
         We hope that everyone will come out and enjoy the parade on Saturday and help make this a successful litter-free event and keep Dodge City clean and beautiful.
    Reach Julia Kazar at (620) 408-9913 or e-mail her at julia.kazar@dodgeglobe.com
     
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