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Horse, airplanes and bands ... oh my!
Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Saturday, July 4, at 10 a.m., we’ll set the tone for a day of celebrating the birth of our nation as the Pagosa Springs Rotary Club kicks off the annual Fourth of July parade.

Parade entries have been posted, the judges are ready to award prizes in four categories and the town police, Mounted Rangers and Rotarians are at the ready to ensure a morning of safety, fun and excitement.

If you haven’t registered and still want to place an entry in the parade, you may do so prior to the event at the registration desk, located in the high school parking lot. Be sure to get there early to complete the paperwork.

Pagosa Springs’ formation flying team, the San Juan Squadron, also known as the Pagosa Angels, will do two fly-overs of the parade route as the decorated floats, bands and spit-and-polished horses travel the length of downtown.

As a reminder, all parade entries must access the high school parking lot for staging and check-in by taking Hot Springs Boulevard to Apache Street, or U.S. 160 to South 6th Street — 8th Street will be closed to all traffic at U.S. 160 at 8 a.m., except to residents of South Pagosa. All other streets with access to U.S. 160 starting at 2nd Street on the east side of town, all the way through the downtown area to 8th Street, will be closed to traffic beginning at 9:30 a.m. Hermosa Street will also be closed. Traffic will be detoured through town on Lewis Street.

Parking is prohibited on U.S. 160, (San Juan and Pagosa streets), over the entire parade route beginning at midnight before the event. Pay attention to the restriction, since vehicles will be towed.

All parade entries have been advised that candy or other items cannot be handed out until their entry passes Lewis Street to guarantee the safety of any child who may run out in front of the detoured vehicles.

So, get out the sunscreen, folding chairs and wave your flags at your favorite entries or friends you haven’t seen in a while.

As always, the Fourth of July is a very special day in Pagosa, and it would just be awful if you weren’t there!