More than 115 entries will be featured in Saturday’s Parade America, and is one of the oldest parades in the area. The 50th annual patriotic parade draws thousands of spectators and includes floats, horses, marching bands, antique cars, and much more.
The parade was first founded in 1966 by actor Chuck Connors. He contacted one city in each state to hold the parade. The chosen city for Idaho was Nampa, and the Exchange Club quickly picked it up to sponsor it and continues with its sponsorship today.
“Liberty and Justice for All” is the theme and the Exchange Club is honoring the long-time Exchange Club member Bill Winter as grand marshal. Winter joined the Exchange Club in 1956 and served as club president in 1963. Bill is a navy veteran of WWII and the Korean War. He was born and raised in Nampa and is former owner of Peebles Winter Music Co. Bill and his wife Gerry have four children, 15 grandchildren and 27 great grandchildren.
The parade begins at 11 a.m. at the corner of 12th Avenue Road and Lake Lowell Avenue near Nampa High School and follows a route on 12th Avenue Road to 7th Street South, to 16th Avenue South, ending near Northwest Nazarene University campus at Holly Street and East Colorado.
Drivers should expect nearby road closures by 10:30 a.m. to clear the parade route. • Northbound traffic on 12th Avenue Road will be diverted westbound on Lake Lowell to use Canyon or Midland to continue northbound. • Southbound on 12th Avenue South traffic will be diverted westbound on 7th St S then southbound on 11th Avenue South to turn westbound on Roosevelt to use Canyon or Midland to continue southbound. • Southbound 16th Avenue South traffic will be diverted westbound on 6th Avenue South to 12th Avenue South. • Northbound Holly Street traffic will be diverted westbound on Hawaii Avenue to 12th Avenue Road.
KTVB will air the parade at 11 a.m. Saturday for those who can’t attend.
According to the Exchange Club, the parade will go on, rain or shine. The only reason for cancellation would be due to a safety issue because of thunder and lightning.