Community rallies to send marching band to Rose Parade
As the 2011 Bands of America Grand National Champions, the Pride of Broken Arrow has earned a slot marching in the 2013 Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif., on New Year’s Day. Recognizing the significance of this accomplishment – and the honor it brings to the entire Broken Arrow community – the district, City and Chamber of Commerce have come together to organize a send-off known as the Rose Parade Rally.
“We are so proud of what these young men and women have accomplished, and what better way to allow the entire community to show its support than with a send-off rally,” said Dr. Jarod Mendenhall, superintendent of Broken Arrow Public Schools. “City and Chamber officials have joined us to make this a community-wide event.”
On the afternoon of Monday, Dec. 17, Main Street will be closed to traffic so that the 300+ members of the Pride can practice their parade routine. From 3:45-5 p.m. the community is invited to Main Street to watch the band and take care of some holiday shopping. Some Rose District merchants will be donating a percentage of sales or providing free services for donations during the parade to help the band close the fundraising gap that remains to finance the trip. Participating merchants include: Fiesta Mambo, Nouveau – Atelier de Chocolat, On the Corner, Glamour Gowns and More and Your Design among others.
“This is a great opportunity to support both the Pride band and local small business owners while taking care of some Christmas shopping during the parade,” said Lisa Frein, Broken Arrow Economic Development Corporation’s director of downtown development.
The Pride will begin marching at the Performing Arts Center and march north to College Street, pausing as needed to make adjustments, and then retracing their route multiple times. Practice will officially end at 5 p.m. when the band will gather at the Farmer’s Market for a brief rally that will include well-wishes from a few guest speakers.
“The Pride of Broken Arrow has, for a long time, been a feather in the cap of this community,” said Broken Arrow Mayor Craig Thurmond. “This is an opportunity for our residents and businesses to come and support an organization that continuously represents Broken Arrow in an upstanding and proud manner.”
The Rose Parade Rally is a free, family-friendly event open to the entire community. Main Street will be closed to traffic from 3:45-5 p.m., but side streets will be open, and parking will be available at the Performing Arts Center and at a number of lots in close proximity to Main Street. AVB will be providing hotdogs at the Rally at 5 p.m.