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Celebrate Independence Day — at July 3 parade

The start of an exciting array of events to celebrate the birth of our nation will begin in downtown Pagosa Springs, on Saturday, July 3, at 10 a.m., as the Pagosa Springs Rotary Club holds its annual Independence Day parade.

The 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 can do so at the registration desk, at the high school parking lot. Be sure to get there early to complete the paperwork.

As the parade moves onto U.S. 160 at 8th Street, look to the skies as Pagosa Springs’ own formation flying team, the San Juan Squadron, aka the Pagosa Angels, will herald the start of the parade. They will do two fly-overs of the parade route as the decorated floats, bands and spit-and-polished horses travel the length of downtown.

For all those lucky enough to attend this year’s parade, be sure to enthusiastically welcome the Grand Marshals, Jack and Katy Threet. You won’t miss them, as they will be at the beginning of the parade, right behind the American Legion color guard, in a snazzy carriage managed by Matt Poma.

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 6th Street. The intersection U.S. 160 and South 8th Street will be closed to all traffic, except to residents of 8th Street and adjoining streets, starting at 8 a.m. All other streets with access to U.S. 160, starting at 2nd Street on the east side of town, all the way through downtown to 8th Street, will be closed to traffic beginning at 9:30 a.m. Hermosa will also be closed. Traffic will once again to detoured through town via Lewis Street.

Parking is prohibited on U.S. 160/San Juan Street/Pagosa Street for the entire parade route beginning at midnight, before the 10 a.m start. Any parked vehicles will be towed.

All parade entries have been advised that candy or other items cannot be handed out until the entry passes Lewis Street, at the clock tower, 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 flag at your favorite entry. As always, this is a very special event in Pagosa and it would just be awful if you weren’t there!