Jim Riley, co-chairman of the Prescott Valley Days parade, said this year's parade entries number between 65-70 as of this past Wednesday, and he expects the crowds will have a great time.
Saturday's PV Days comes a couple weeks earlier than in previous years, something Riley hopes will not hinder attendance. He is placing three banners on high-visibility street corners to remind people that the parade starts at 9 a.m. this Saturday. The parade route begins on Florentine and Yavapai roads and travels west on Florentine to the BMO Harris Bank parking lot near Tim's Toyota Center.
Frank Shankwitz, founder of Make A Wish Foundation, is Grand Marshal; the theme this year is "Enjoying the Good Life!"
Riley said he offers $400 to marching bands and hopes Bradshaw Mountain High School will perform. The Phoenix Pipe Band, with about 20 members, will appear, as will the Arizona Public Service clowns from Phoenix.
Central Yavapai Fire District with a fire truck, representatives from the Department of Public Safety in four "old-time" patrol cars, two or three classic car organizations, three groups of Shriners, and the old tractor group all will make their way along the three-quarter-mile route. And, don't forget the several dance and gymnastics clubs in attendance.
Riley said DPS will set up a rollover simulator at Tim's Toyota Center, where the parade ends. "People can experience what it feels like to be in a wreck and roll over," he said.
Entrants may earn first or second place in a variety of categories. It's not too late to enter the parade; the deadline is today, June 11. Fee is $25 per non-profit entry, $50 per commercial entry.
For more information, call the PV Chamber of Commerce at (928) 772-8857 or visit its website for the entry form, pvchamber.org.