Youth performance groups are lining up for Oro Valley’s sixth annual Holiday Parade, to be held this Saturday, Dec. 11, along Naranja between La Cholla and La Cañada.
Bands and choirs from Ironwood Ridge and Canyon Del Oro high schools, as well as students from Wilson, Cross and Coronado middle schools, are expected to participate, organizer Jackie Devery said.
Their presence “tells us the community wants to shine and show off, so that’s awesome,” Devery said. “It talks to what we’re about.”
Kids bring out crowds. Devery expects anywhere from 3,000 to 5,000 people to attend. “We have a lot more kids in it this year, and when you’ve got kids, you’ve got parents,” she said.
The parade had 55 entries as of Monday morning.
“We’re growing,” Devery said. “It’s awesome to have people contacting me.”
Within the lineup are beauty queens, an entry from Oro Valley Hospital, a number of entries from the Town of Oro Valley, the always-popular Singing Nativity from the Pathway of Hope, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, the Golder Ranch Fire District, a dog rescue group and others. Project Graduation “is doing a huge thing,” Devery said. She reminds people that, when the color guard comes by, guests should stand and remove their hats, “out of respect.”
Staging begins at 8 a.m. at Ironwood Ridge High School. The parade lines up on Naranja between 8:30 and 9. Public viewing begins at La Cholla at 9:30.
La Cañada and Naranja is a good place to watch, Devery said. At the intersection, performance groups do their routines before the announcer’s booth. KVOA’s Tom McNamara is the announcer. Oro Valley’s own Joe Bourne is singing the National Anthem at the announcer’s stand.
The Oro Valley Holiday Parade started when Devery’s son was in the band at Ironwood Ridge, and she wondered why there was no parade. Devery asked the town council about it. She was handed the task. The town helped that first year, then Devery formed an outside organization, Oro Valley Parade Committee, Inc. It can put on other parades, too; Devery thinks about a parade for baseball and softball season starts in the spring.
Hiremath Family Dentistry is the title sponsor for the fifth straight year.
“The weather’s going to be beautiful,” Devery said. “Everybody’s really excited about a community parade.”
The website is http://www.orovalleyparade.org">www.orovalleyparade.org.
Sixth annual Oro Valley Holiday Parade
Saturday, Dec. 11, 9:30 a.m.
Naranja, from La Cholla to La Cañada