[Source: Phoenix Annual Parade of the Arts]
March with us! Dance with us! Sing and celebrate Phoenix with us! Make a float! Don a costume! Bring your high school marching band. The Phoenix Annual Parade of the Arts is free and open to everyone! Come have fun with us!
Join the Office of the Mayor Phil Gordon, the Downtown Phoenix Partnership, and PAPA, LLC as The Phoenix Annual Parade of the Arts celebrates it 5th season on November 13, 2010. Come celebrate the advent of fall with this signature, award wining event. This year, PAPA festivities take on the theme “Let it Grow, Let it Grow, Let it Grow,” both a ‘shout out’ to the environmental consciousness of Downtown Phoenix and a nod to the recent expansion of the city’s infrastructure.
Let it Grow! Let it Grow! Let it Grow!
Lead this year by Bad Cactus Brass Band and Tucson’s Flam Chen performance troupe, PAPA inspires members of the community to march together in unique costumes and man powered floats that represent themselves, their family, their organization or their business. The night will close with a High energy performance by the valley’s own Dejentrification.
One of the parade coordinators, Dr. Rev Stephen Strange explains “The parade gets bigger every year. We just want to say thank you to everyone who comes out to allow PAPA to continue to grow. People talk about how the parade gives them a sense of pride in downtown Phoenix. We want everyone to be as creative as possible in showing ownership for this city.“
Headquartered at Fifth Street, between Roosevelt and Garfield Streets (parking is best just north of Roosevelt), PAPA kicks off with pre-procession events by professional artists and creative activities for kids and adults alike. New this year is the Roosevelt Row sponsored Pie Social, providing sweets and fun just prior to the procession.
At sundown, the community based, open to the public, free pedestrian and bike arts procession will begin, making a loop through the streets of Downtown Phoenix. To compete for awards in the costume, bike, group, “cute” and float contests. So bring the kids, some noise makers, pets on a leash and your neighbor who sews those fabulous dresses to enjoy a day of live music, dance, theatre, fine arts and a view of Downtown Phoenix from outside your car.
The Phoenix Annual Parade of the Arts celebrates the arts and culture that are a vital part of a metropolitan downtown. PAPA unites the arts with the greater community by providing an open to the public, mobile expression of downtown Phoenix life. The free, family friendly event is presented by Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon, The Downtown Phoenix Partnership and the Production Agency for Participatory Arts, LLC. PAPA is a New Times Best of Phoenix winner.
Time: Saturday, November 13 · 4:00pm – 10:00pm
Location: 5th Street between Roosevelt and Garfield with procession through downtown Phoenix
Here’s a video of the first Phoenix Annual Parade of the Arts (PAPA) (okay, so 2006 isn’t “ancient history,” but we’re here to document for posterity anything we can get our grubby little hands on!). Local guy Daniel Paul grabbed his video camera, drove downtown, and was pleased with what he saw and heard. Apparently, the City of Phoenix has often used the video to promote the event.