Updated: Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra takes over Independence Day Parade | PostIndependent.com

Updated: Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra takes over Independence Day Parade

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When Kelly Anderson, Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra’s (GJSO) executive director, learned of the opportunity to organize downtown’s Independence Day Parade, he knew it was a match made in heaven.

“We are used to organizing large events,” Anderson explained. “My vision for the parade is to expand it and have more community involvement.

“A few years from now we could even have a symphony concert in the evening. There are never-ending possibilities of what it could become.”

Fidelity Mortgage (700 Belford Ave.) will be a title sponsor of the parade this summer as well.

“It’s a great opportunity for us to give back to our community,” said Caitlyn Harris of Fidelity Mortgage in a BID news release.” We are looking forward to working with the Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra this year to make this parade the best one yet!”

The announcement comes on the heels of an almost week-long public discussion of what would become of the downtown parade, along with BID’s announcement that it would seek out alternative organizers for the parade in 2015.

A BID news release said: “After reviewing the growing event schedule in downtown and the specific focus of BID events, the BID Board of Directors decided it was time to seek out a new organization better suited to manage and nurture the Independence Day Parade as a community-wide celebration. … The BID will assist the interested organization with traffic control plans, event applications, and more. The organizers will receive recognition as host of the parade, as well as retain parade entry fees.”

Lori-Ann Perrot, a Grand Junction resident and regent of the Mount Garfield Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), is a strong supporter of downtown Grand Junction’s Independence Day Parade. When she received notification that a replacement organizer was being sought, she sent letters to Grand Valley news entities to draw attention to the issue. And when she learned that Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra would be taking over the parade, she said it was “wonderful news!”

Perrot, who’s attended every downtown Grand Junction July 4 parade since 2007, loves celebrating America’s birthday locally. She attends with her sister’s family and with her father when he was alive.

“Every year I see many friends and neighbors in the spectators along the parade route, and we exchange waves and smiles,” she said.

According to Anderson, he wants the parade changing hands to be a positive thing for the community and downtown businesses.

“We’re excited,” said Jeremy Herigstad, GJSO’s spokesperson.

For more information about Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra, visit http://www.gjso.org.

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