More than 100 entries will be featured in Saturday’s Parade America, and is one of the oldest parades in the area. The 51st 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.
“My Country ‘Tis of Thee” is the theme of this year’s event. Parking in the Downtown Garage on Saturday will be free.
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.
KTVB will air the parade at 11 a.m. Saturday on Channel 7.2 or cable channel 13 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.