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Downtown Grand Junction seeks organizers for Independence Day Parade

For the past several years, the Downtown Grand Junction Business Improvement District (BID) produced the annual Independence Day Parade on Main Street in downtown Grand Junction.

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 is therefore seeking community groups interested in organizing a Fourth of July Parade. 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.

“A number of years ago the parade faced a dilemma; it was not going to happen for lack of an organization to produce it,” said Harry Weiss, executive director of the BID. “Rather than see it disappear, the BID stepped in to make sure it continued in the interim until another group would step forward in the future and take it on. Though the BID has experience in producing a number of downtown events — Farmers Market and Art+Music Festival — BID events are focused on the marketing and promotion of the downtown business community, which funds the BID.”

Since the reconstruction and improvement of Main Street by the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) was completed in 2011, the use of Main Street for community events has only expanded.

“Main Street offers a wonderful setting for all kinds of parades and events put on by a wide variety of groups: The Grand Junction Lion’s Club Parade, Colorado Mesa University’s Maverick Classic Criterium Bike Race, the Latin Anglo Alliance Foundation’s annual Cinco de Mayo celebration, Central High School’s Homecoming Parade, District 51’s Colorado West Marching Band Parade, and the annual Veterans Day Parade put on by the Veteran’s Day Committee of the Western Slope — to name a few,” said Weiss.

Community groups interested in organizing the parade should contact Robin Brown of the Downtown Grand Junction BID. Email robinb@gjcity.org or call 970-256-4131.


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