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‘Celebrate Community’ and country on July 4

The start of an exciting array of events to celebrate the birth of our nation will begin in downtown Pagosa Springs on Monday, July 4, 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 on the morning of parade at the registration desk, located in 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, heralds the start of the parade. They will do two flyovers of the parade route as all of 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, Don and Barbara Ford. You won’t miss them, as they will be at the beginning of the parade, right behind the American Legion flag bearers.

As a reminder, all parade entries must access the high school parking lot for staging and check-in by way of Hot Springs Boulevard to Apache Street, or U.S. 160 to 6th Street. The highway and South 8th Street will be closed to all traffic, except to residents of 8th Street and adjoining streets, starting at 8:00 am. 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. Through traffic will once again to detoured through town via Lewis Street.

Per town regulations, flatbed trailers/viewing stands will not be allowed to park along the parade route on U.S. 160 after midnight on July 3. In addition, all parking will be prohibited on the north side of the 400 block of Pagosa Street/San Juan Street from Goodman’s Department Store to the Bell Tower after 2 a.m. on July 4, until the parade is over. Parking on the 100 block of 1st Street and the 100 block of Lewis Street is also prohibited after 2 a.m. on July 4, until the end of the parade. Any parked vehicles will be towed, at owners’ expense.

All parade entries have been advised that candy or other items cannot be handed out until their entry passes Lewis Street, at the clock tower, to guarantee the safety of any child who might 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!

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