Hiatus is over

Imperial hosts fair parade

February 23, 2002|By JENNIFER RALTON-SMITH, Staff Writer

IMPERIAL — Back from a brief hibernation, this city's fair parade swung into action down the town's main street Saturday morning, attracting some 500 spectators.

The parade entrants ranged from the traditional fire truck much loved by small children to mariachi and marching bands — to one group that went by the intriguing name of the "Tired Twirler Pickup IV Sun Twirlers."

"I think it's great that the parade is back," said Diana Torres of Imperial as she watched from her vantage point in front of the police station.

Torres, who participated in the 1992 parade as a produce queen candidate, went on to say, "I think it's nice because it brings a little more recognition to Imperial and it's an old tradition that has been missed."


Lasting exactly 35 minutes, the parade was not as big as El Centro resident Delores Ulloa remembered it in years gone by.

"It was a lot bigger 20 years ago; we used to watch the parade and then walk over to the fair," Ulloa commented as she watched the parade move on up Imperial Avenue.

This year's parade was held the Saturday before the fair to avoid conflict with fair activities.

Later in the morning, city manager Vincent Long spoke of the city's vision for the fair parade in the future.

"This is our first year back; what we envision seeing in the future is more of a two-day event with a lot more community involvement."

Long, who has been city manager for 11 months, said ideas being considered for next year's event include a contest for area high school marching bands and a beauty contest "like they have in Brawley and Holtville."

Long said another idea being considered was an appreciation dinner on the preceding Friday night for the groups and individuals who work to make the parade a success.

He'd also like to see the Saturday parade, which has its finishing point in the city's Eager Park, culminate in a cook-off contest.

Saying he was confident of the fair parade's future, Long described the event as being a way of "enhancing community identity."

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