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Story in Many Pics: 83rd Annual Sun Bowl Parade

The official kickoff event of the Sun City’s holiday season, the Sun Bowl Parade, took to the streets of Central El Paso Thursday morning.

Even with a cloudy, rainy day dawning, the energy of both the participants and the attendees quickly warmed the parade route.  2019 featured the parade theme of ‘Bobble Heads’ and was the first year for the new sponsorship by Oscar Leeser’s Hyundai of El Paso.

Our very own Andres ‘Ace’ Acosta and Johnny Yturales were there and we bring you his view of the fun in this ‘Story in Many Pics.’

83rd annual Oscar Leeser’s Hyundai El Paso Sun Bowl Parade, Nov 28, 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Delta Academy students builds Thanksgiving parade float

If you attend the 83rd Annual Oscar Leeser’s Hyundai of El Paso Sun Bowl Parade on Thanksgiving you may be delighted to see a Game of Thrones float marching down Montana Avenue. And if you are impressed, you have the students from EPISD’s Delta Academy to thank.

The students from Delta, EPISD’s court-appointed center of education, have once again teamed up with members of the Challenge Academy and art and welding teachers to bring to life a larger-than-life float.

Art teacher Vikki Groening and welding instructor John Gable work with the students to learn the basics of construction and three-dimension artform. The result is a product that delights not just the students at the school, but the spectators at the parade.

“The Thanksgiving parade float has become a positive and motivating experience for our students. They have felt tremendously proud of their accomplishment and ownership in the project,” Groening said. “The float has helped build their confidence in their own abilities and talent and had had a positive, uplifting effect on the students and our school.”

This year’s Game of Thrones float will feature a dragon, of course. But it also will feature a welded Iron Throne like the one on the HBO series.

Look out for the float during the parade. We hope it brings home one of the judge’s prizes!

Story by Gustavo Reveles  |  Photos by Leonel Monroy – EPISD

Sun Bowl Association releases list of upcoming events

The Sun Bowl Association wants to remind the public of the upcoming events they will be hosting in and around El Paso from November 23-28, 2019.

For complete information on the Sun Bowl Marathon All-America Golf Classic click here; for complete information on the Oscar Leeser’s Hyundai of El Paso Sun Bowl Parade, visit this webpage.

Below the list of events are parade safety tips from the City of El Paso.

Upcoming Sun Bowl Events: 

Event: Titleist Long Drive Contest & Ping Putting Contest

Date: Sunday, Nov. 24, 2019

Time: 9 a.m. (Long Drive) and 10 a.m. (Putting)

Price: Free Admission

Place: El Paso Country Club

Event: Sun Bowl Marathon All-America Golf Classic – Rounds 1 & 2

Date: Monday, Nov. 25, 2019

Time: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Price: Free Admission

Place: El Paso Country Club

Event: Sun Bowl Marathon All-America Golf Classic – Round 3 & Trophy Presentation

Date: Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019

Time: 8 a.m.; Trophy Presentation at approximately 12:30 p.m.

Price: Free Admission

Place: El Paso Country Club

Event: Oscar Leeser’s Hyundai of El Paso Sun Bowl Parade

Date: Thursday, Nov. 28, 2019

Time: 10 a.m. p.m. (Awards Ceremony at 6 p.m.)

Price: Free Admission or one may purchase Review Stand Tickets for $10 (call 915-533-4416)

Place: Montana Avenue; beginning at Ochoa and ending at Copia

With the upcoming holiday season, El Paso will be enjoying multiple parades throughout the city. While attending parades is generally a fun and safe family activity, the El Paso Fire Department is providing the following safety tips to help our community avoid any accidents during these events:

  • Plan ahead. Arriving early allows you to find a safe spot for your family to enjoy the parade before the crowd gets too busy. If possible, station yourselves in a spot that makes it easy to leave the parade without getting caught in heavy foot traffic.
  • Avoid sitting directly in front of the door of any shops or restaurants. You might become a tripping hazard and/or get injured.
  • Do not leave children unattended.
  • Locate the spots where the Police Department is stationed and make sure children know they can go to the police if they become lost.
  • Stay behind the barricades on the parade routes; they are there for a purpose, the safety of parade-goers.
  • Do not run across the street between floats unless directed by parade staff or law enforcement.
  • Do not throw candy or any other objects to the floats.
  • Do not spray water or other fluids to parade participants, floats or any other parade-goers.
  • The use of fire pits/fireworks/flares or any kind of open burning is prohibited by City Ordinance.
  • Avoid placing children on your shoulders. The crowds can swell forward suddenly and unexpectedly, making it easy to get knocked over.
  • If you see something, say something. Report any suspicious behavior to the Police Department.
  • Dial 911 for emergencies.

Oscar Leeser’s Hyundai of El Paso to be title sponsor of yearly Sun Bowl Parade

The Sun Bowl Association (SBA), along with Oscar Leeser’s Hyundai of El Paso, announced that one of El Paso’s most loved holiday traditions will be renamed the Oscar Leeser’s Hyundai of El Paso Sun Bowl Parade, which will once again run on Thanksgiving morning along Montana Ave. 

This year marks the 83rd edition of the longstanding parade.

“As the title sponsor of the Hyundai Sun Bowl football game for the last nine years it was always a thrill to be part of this special event that I couldn’t even afford a ticket to as a boy,” said owner of Hyundai of El Paso, Oscar Leeser.  “So, it gives me great pleasure to end the longest running sponsorship of the Sun Bowl [football game], to now become the title sponsor of the Sun Bowl Thanksgiving Day Parade.”

The contract with Oscar Leeser’s Hyundai of El Paso is a two-year deal with the option of automatic renewal after the two years are up. The previous parade sponsor partnered with the SBA for 14 years.

“We cannot thank Mr. Oscar Leeser enough for his longstanding loyalty to the Sun Bowl Association and to the community,” said Bernie Olivas, Executive Director of the SBA. “[Oscar] Leeser has been a great partner for us over the past nine years and we are excited to continue our relationship and to see this parade continue to be one to the best community events in the southwest region.”

Oscar Leeser’s Hyundai of El Paso will now supply the monetary funds necessary to put together amazing floats and the needed resources that assist in making this 80-plus-year event such a great success.  Oscar Leeser’s Hyundai of El Paso will also work with the SBA to secure a Grand Marshal of the parade each year.

Past Grand Marshals include, WWII Veterans (2017), former W.B.A. light middleweight Boxing Champion Austin “No Doubt” Trout (2013), legendary UTEP men’s basketball player Nolan Richardson (2014), former UTEP men’s basketball coach Don Haskins, former PGA player Lee Trevino and the 1966 NCAA Champion-UTEP men’s basketball team (2015).

The Sun Bowl parade started its humble beginnings on New Year’s Day in 1936 and has stood the test of time as an annual tradition here in El Paso.

The Sun Bowl Association made the switch to a Thanksgiving Day celebration in 1978 and has been the tradition since.

“I am proud and honored to be the first to sponsor two of El Paso’s greatest events.  I would like to thank the Sun Bowl Association for the great partnership, I am so happy to be able to continue to give back to our great city,” said Leeser.

For complete information on the newly named Oscar Leeser’s Hyundai of El Paso Sun Bowl Parade go to the SBA website or click on the link.

Annual Sun Bowl Parade Returns, WWE’s SinCara Leads ‘Amazing Feats’ Themed Event

The FirstLight Federal Credit Union Sun Bowl Parade is set to take over Montana Avenue and Thanksgiving Day Thursday morning.

Earlier this year, it was announced that WWE Superstar Sin Cara would be the Grand Marshal of the FirstLight Federal Credit Union-sponsored parade.

Via a news release, officials with the Sun Bowl Parade shared that 100 units including floats, equestrian units, clowns, marching bands, drum and bugle corps units, dignitaries, and a wide variety of specialty units from Mexican / Indian dancers to military ceremonial units are expected to participate.

“The parade is the largest attended community event in the West Texas, New Mexico and Mexico area and brings together service clubs and civic organizations as well as all sectors of business and industries within the community,” officials added.

What you need to know: 

Step off Time: 10 a.m. (MT)

Parade Route: Montana Avenue; beginning at Ochoa and ending at Copia (2.7 miles)

Television: Live coverage of the parade on local television affiliate KTSM Channel 9 (NBC). – Television coverage starts at 10 a.m. (MT). To view the parade online, click here.

For more information on the parade visit the Sun Bowl Association website.

Video: Floats Almost Ready Ahead of FirstLight Federal Credit Union Sun Bowl Parade

With the annual FirstLight Federal Credit Union Sun Bowl Parade less than two weeks away, scores of volunteers are working long hours to finish the floats and displays for the event.

The Sun Bowl Parade is the largest attended community event in the west Texas, New Mexico and Mexico area and brings together service clubs and civic organizations as well as all sectors of business and industries within the community.

Earlier this year, the Sun Bowl Association officials announced that WWE Superstar Sin Cara would be the Grand Marshal for the parade.

“With the theme of our parade being ‘Amazing Feats’ we figured we needed to choose someone who has accomplished something big and amazing,” said Bernie Olivas, Executive Director of the Sun Bowl Association. “How much more amazing does it get than making it to one of the biggest stages in the world, the WWE? To have someone from El Paso who is so successful and inspirational as our Grand Marshal is amazing in itself.”

The 82nd Annual FirstLight Federal Credit Union Sun Bowl Parade is scheduled for Thursday, November 22 – Thanksgiving Day – and starts promptly at at 10 a.m.

Video+Gallery: El Paso’s Own ‘Sin Cara’ Talks About Sun Bowl Parade Honor, Family

Just last month, Sin Cara was announced as the Grand Marshal for the 82nd Annual FirstLight Federal Credit Union Sun Bowl Parade.

Sin Cara was born on September 5, 1977 in El Paso.  Growing up in El Segundo Barrio, he began wrestling at Burges High School where he was an accomplished state champion multiple times.

He went undefeated during his senior year and was nominated to be “Athlete of the Year” in El Paso.

Sin Cara has forged a strong international following and has become very popular for his masks as well as for his high-flying wrestling style.  He made his WWE debut on August 12, 2011.

Sin Cara talks to us about his newest honor, his family and what the Sun Bowl parade means to him.

Winner Selected in 2018 Sun Bowl Parade Poster Contest

On Monday, the Sun Bowl Association and FirstLight Federal Credit Union announced the winner of the 82nd Annual Sun Bowl Parade poster contest.

Parade officials selected Julian Vidales, of El Paso as the winner.

“When looking through the entries, we determined that Mr. Vidales’ design had everything we were looking for in a FirstLight Federal Credit Union Sun Bowl Parade poster,” said Sun Bowl Association Executive Director Bernie Olivas.

“We want to thank and congratulate Mr. Julian Vidales for his great work.”

Artists from all across the El Paso region were given a unique opportunity to make a name for themselves while being given a chance to win some nice prizes. The contest ended last week, and the judging was done by various employees and board members from the Sun Bowl Association and FirstLight Federal Credit Union and was based on creativity, clarity and relativity to the parade theme, which is “Amazing Feats.”

As the winning entry, Vidales’ poster design is the official 2018 FirstLight Federal Credit Union Sun Bowl Parade poster and is now in the process of being printed for distribution.

Vidales also receives four tickets to the parade breakfast, which is held before the parade on Thanksgiving Day, as well as a pair of tickets to the Hyundai Sun Bowl football game, which will be held on December 31, 2018.

“We invite everyone to pick up a copy of the poster at any FirstLight Federal Credit Union branch or at the Sun Bowl Association office,” Olivas said.  “They should be ready for distribution by Monday, October 8.”

Video: Sun Bowl Parade Volunteer Float Builders Talk About the Joys of Helping

With the 82nd Annual Sun Bowl Parade only a couple months away, float building is underway and local volunteers are sharing their experiences.

In a video produced by the Sun Bowl Association, volunteers talk about why they continue to dedicate their free time to build floats.

Sun Bowl Parade officials say their event is “the largest community event in the west Texas, New Mexico and Mexico area, it brings together service clubs and civic organizations as well as all sectors of business and industries within the community.”

“The holiday pageant is planned, coordinated and produced by volunteer efforts and draws an annual crowd of over 250,000 spectators,” officials add.

Back in 1935 the El Paso Downtown Lions Club first organized the parade, which was held on New Year’s Day from 1936 until 1978, when the event was rescheduled for Thanksgiving Day.

The parade, sponsored by FirstLight Federal Credit Union, is scheduled for Thanksgiving morning, Thursday, November 22, 2018 with a start-time of 10 a.m. (MT).

The parade runs down Montana Ave from Ochoa Street and ends at Copia Street.

For more information on the parade go to the Sun Bowl Association website.

WWE Superstar Sin Cara to be Grand Marshal for 82nd Annual Sun Bowl Parade

The Sun Bowl Association and FirstLight Federal Credit Union announced on Tuesday that WWE Superstar Sin Cara will be the Grand Marshal for the 82nd Annual FirstLight Federal Credit Union Sun Bowl Parade.

“With the theme of our parade being ‘Amazing Feats’ we figured we needed to choose someone who has accomplished something big and amazing,” said Bernie Olivas, Executive Director of the Sun Bowl Association. “How much more amazing does it get than making it to one of the biggest stages in the world, the WWE? To have someone from El Paso who is so successful and inspirational as our Grand Marshal is amazing in itself.”

Sin Cara was born on September 5, 1977 in El Paso.  Growing up in El Segundo Barrio, he began wrestling at Burges High School where he was an accomplished state champion multiple times. He went undefeated during his senior year and was nominated to be “Athlete of the Year” in El Paso.

Sin Cara has forged a strong international following and has become very popular for his masks as well as for his high-flying wrestling style.  He made his WWE debut on August 12, 2011.

“When I finally made it to the WWE, I knew I accomplished something amazing and all the hard work paid off,” Sin Cara said.

Growing up in a tough neighborhood, Sin Cara knew he needed to do everything he could to reach his dream. While working towards his goal of becoming a professional wrestler in the early 2000s, under the ring name “Mistico”, Sin Cara worked in his grandfather’s funeral home in Juarez, Mexico and gained a degree in embalming and funeral director services in Mexico.

Watching Luchadores as a child, Sin Cara knew exactly which direction he wanted to go.

Luchadores are traditionally more agile and perform more aerial maneuvers than professional wrestlers in the United States, who more often rely on power and hard strikes to subdue their opponents.

The difference in styles is due to the independent evolution of the sport in Mexico beginning in the 1930s and the fact that Luchadores in the cruiserweight division (peso semicompleto) are often the most popular wrestlers in Mexican lucha libre.

Luchadores execute characteristic high-flying attacks by using the wrestling ring’s ropes to catapult themselves towards their opponents, using intricate combinations in rapid-fire succession, and applying complex submission holds. Aerial maneuvers are almost always performed to opponents outside the ring, allowing the luchador to break his fall with an acrobatic tumble.

In WWE, the soaring Superstar birthed a new legacy, wowing viewers around the world with spectacular displays of agility and airborne attacks as well as joining forces with Kalisto to form the championship-winning tandem of The Lucha Dragons.

Watching Sin Cara take to the air to send Superstars spinning, whirling and scrambling for recovery is more than just observing a world-traveled competitor in his natural element; it’s to witness the impossible.

The 82nd Annual FirstLight Federal Credit Union Sun Bowl Parade is scheduled for Thanksgiving morning, Thursday, November 22, 2018 with a start-time of 10 a.m. (MT).

The parade runs down Montana Ave from Ochoa Street and ends at Copia Street.

Back in 1935, the El Paso Downtown Lions Club organized the parade and it was held on New Year’s Day from 1936 until 1978, when the event was rescheduled for Thanksgiving Day.

The holiday pageant is planned, coordinated and produced by volunteer efforts and draws tens of thousands of spectators. The Sun Bowl Parade is the largest community event in the west Texas, New Mexico and Mexico area, it brings together service clubs and civic organizations as well as all sectors of business and industries within the community.

For more information on the parade go to the Sun Bowl Association website.

FirstLight FCU, Sun Bowl Association Announce Parade Poster Contest

Artists from all across the El Paso region have a unique opportunity to make a name for themselves and win prizes via the recently-announced “FirstLight Federal Credit Union Sun Bowl Parade Poster Contest.”

“We wanted to continue to find ways to keep the community involved with our parade and wanted to find a way to give back,” said Bernie Olivas, Executive Director for the Sun Bowl Association.  “We have some of the best artists around and we know we will receive some amazing entries.”

An entry can be submitted starting on Tuesday, July 17 with the final entries being accepted on Saturday, Sept. 15.  Entries can be submitted at digitally via email at sunbowl@sunbowl.org or can be dropped off at the Sun Bowl Association office, which is located at 4150 Pinnacle Street, Suite 100.

The poster must be 11” x 17” and must be original art. Any mixed media is suitable for reproduction, including computer-generated graphics. Copyrighted artwork and photos on a poster will automatically disqualify an entry.

The winning entry will be the official 2018 FirstLight Federal Credit Union Sun Bowl Parade poster and will be printed for distribution. The artist and winning poster will also be featured on the FirstLight Federal Credit Union and Sun Bowl websites along with their social media pages.

In addition, the winner will receive four tickets to the FirstLight Sun Bowl Breakfast, which is held before the parade on Thanksgiving Day, as well as a pair of tickets to the Hyundai Sun Bowl football game, which will be held on December 31, 2018.

“We look forward to seeing the entries we will receive,” Olivas said.  “I am sure it will be fun and challenging to judge and pick a winner.”

The judging will be done by various employees and board members from the Sun Bowl Association and FirstLight Federal Credit Union.  Judging will be based on creativity, clarity and relativity to the parade theme, which is “Amazing Feats.”

“We are excited to see the wealth of talent in the community produce something unique for this year’s parade,” said Natalia Flores, Marketing Manager, FirstLight Federal Credit Union. “It will be amazing feat in itself, having a local artist produce the winning poster.”

The winner will be announced via press release on or before Oct. 1, 2018.

For more information and a complete list of Rules and Regulations of the contest, please go to www.sunbowl.org or call Sun Bowl Executive Director Bernie Olivas at 915-533-4416.

Theme Announced for 2018 FirstLight Federal Credit Union Sun Bowl Parade

The Sun Bowl Association and FirstLight Federal Credit Union announced Wednesday morning that the theme for the 82nd Annual Sun Bowl Parade is “Amazing Feats.”

“This theme allows those entering a float to be very creative and gives the builders lots of freedom to show that creativity,” said Sun Bowl Association Executive Director Bernie Olivas.  “We are excited to see what kind of ideas come up and hope that everyone has fun with this theme.”

Themes  for  individual  floats  should  be  built  around  the  parade theme of “Amazing Feats.”

Can you think of an “Amazing Feat” from any time in history?  Examples of some “Amazing Feats” for a float can include accomplishments found in the Guiness Book of World Records, feats from History books or Biblical feats, such as Moses parting the Red Sea.

Other ideas can include eating records, engineering feats or athletic records like the world record for most footballs kicked in one minute or the longest shot-put. Another example of an “Amazing Feat” is UTEP winning the 1966 National Championship in basketball.

Float entry applications are due at the Sun Bowl Association office, which is located at 4150 Pinnacle Street, Suite 100 in El Paso, Texas, no later than September 8, 2018. A mock-up of the float, or of the artwork, along with a written description of the float and sponsor information should be sent along with the entry form and certificate of insurance no later than September 8, 2018.

The El Paso Downtown Lions Club organized the Parade in 1935. The parade was held on New Year’s Day from 1936 until 1978 when the event was rescheduled for Thanksgiving Day. The holiday pageant is planned, coordinated and produced by volunteer efforts and draws tens of thousands of spectators every year.

For more information on the parade, visit the Sun Bowl Association website.  To view our coverage and galleries of previous Sun Bowl Parades, click here.

 

Story In Many Pics: 81st Annual Sun Bowl Parade Delights Thousands

On a bright, sunny late November morning, tens of thousands of El Pasoans took to the streets in the annual Sun City tradition of the Sun Bowl Parade.

Our very own Andres Acosta was there to capture the magic and the majesty of the 81st parade and brings them to you now via this ‘Story in Many Pics’

81st Annual First Light Federal Credit Union Sun Bowl Parade
81st Annual First Light Federal Credit Union Sun Bowl Parade, El Paso Texas
81st Annual First Light Federal Credit Union Sun Bowl Parade, El Paso Texas

81st Annual Sun Bowl Parade Set To Take to El Paso’s Streets Thursday

The floats are ready, the bands are tuned up and ready to march in the Sun City’s annual tradition: the The 81st Annual Sun Bowl Parade.

The parade, sponsored by FirstLight Federal Credit Union, starts at 9:45 a.m. (MT) at the corner of Montana Ave. and Ochoa Street and proceeds down to the corner of Montana and Copia on Thanksgiving.

Anyone that is not able to make it to El Paso or cannot step away from the kitchen can watch a live broadcast on KTSM NewsChannel 9 or  view the streaming broadcast online starting at 10am

Followers can get a look at the Grand Marshals (World War II Veterans) on Facebook live at 9 a.m. while catching the start of the parade on Facebook live as well.

The parade starts on Ochoa Street and ends at the intersection of Copia and Montana with World War II Veterans leading the way as Grand Marshals.

In accordance with the theme of the parade (American Folklore), FirstLight Federal Credit Union will be handing out small United States flags to those attendance from 8:30-9 a.m. right outside of the El Paso International Museum of Art, located at 1211 Montana Ave.

The community of El Paso can expect to see approximately 20 large floats, multiple high school bands, as well as the UTEP marching band and other various entries including the famous Budweiser Clydesdale Horses.

ABOUT THE PARADE

Review Stands: Tickets will be available at the Sun Bowl Association Office, all Circle K Stores and FirstLight Federal Credit Union branches for $10.00. New Location for Review Stands – 1600 Montana Ave. (Emergence Health Network).

Step off Time: 9:45 a.m. (MST)

Parade Route: Montana Avenue; beginning at Ochoa and ending at Copia (2.7 miles)

Anticipated Units: 100 units including floats, equestrian units, clowns, marching bands, drum and bugle corps units, dignitaries, Grand Marshals, and a wide variety of specialty units from Mexican / Indian dancers to military ceremonial units.

The Sun Bowl Association will provide many different perspectives of the parade on various Social Media platforms, including Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat.  Fans and followers from around the world can get a glimpse of the great El Paso Thanksgiving Tradition by logging onto Facebook and searching for Hyundai Sun Bowl.

There will be a photo album placed on Facebook on Friday, Nov. 24 where fans and followers can download photos taken by the Sun Bowl Association staff.

Followers can also join the fun with those in attendance on Snapchat (SunBowl2015) and Instagram (@HyundaiSunBowl).

We encourage anyone posting on Social Media to use any of the following hashtags: #FirstLightGivesThanks, #SunBowlThanksgiving, #EPGivesThanks, #ElPasoThanksgiving.

To view previous year’s parade coverage and galleries, click here.

One Week Away: Annual Sun Bowl Parade Set to Shine Once Again Thanks to Volunteers

On the day before Thanksgiving, volunteers from around El Paso get ready to show-off the parade floats they have dedicated hundreds to thousands of hours of their time making.

According to parade officials, the FirstLight Federal Credit Union Sun Bowl Parade draws more than 250,000 people from the region each year. They line Montana Avenue before sunrise for the best view of this Thanksgiving Day tradition. What they may not realize is that while they eagerly wait for the parade to begin, hundreds more people behind the scenes work to make it possible.

Sun Bowl Association Special Events Director Joe Daubach has been organizing the parade for the last 15 years and it’s a job that he cannot do alone. The Sun Bowl Association has seven full-time staff members, each a role in putting it together. Although, it takes many more people to put on such a grand event.

“I direct other folks, but when you really look at it, it’s the volunteers that truly make it happen,” Daubach said.  “We have over 800 volunteers that put the parade together.”

From float builders to street cleaners, volunteers are the heart and soul of what keep the parade going. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, alone, coordinates 600 volunteers. They wait at each block on Montana Avenue from Ochoa to Copia streets and clean them as soon as the parade passes through.

Another 100 volunteers help keep the procession in order ensuring it runs smoothly.

Maruyi Hughes, of El Paso, has been a volunteer for the Sun Bowl Association for seven years now, building floats for her organization. Hughes runs the Edison Hope Leadership Christian Academy, a non-profit homeschool, and encourages her students and their families to participate in the parade. Growing up in El Paso, she remembers how special it was for her to see the parade as a child.

“When I was little, going to see the parade was like going to Disneyland. I remember when Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse used to be the Grand Marshals of the parade. We didn’t have much, but we had the parade to look forward to,” Hughes recalls. “I remember what it was like for me, so I do this now to give back to the community.”

Daubach is thankful for Hughes and her non-profit organization, and the assistance they provide for the parade. Involvement by non-profit groups are important to the Sun Bowl Association, since it is also a non-profit.

“I think that’s a really key part with some of these float builders, that they use it as part of a community service project,” Daubach said. “To be able to show the community what they do aside from their organization, it’s pretty neat that they get to experience that.”

Volunteering for the parade has become a tradition of its own for many. Many of the people involved with organizing the parade have watched the parade since they were children. Those people became volunteers because their parents and grandparents were volunteers. It’s a family tradition that continues to be passed from generation to generation.

Daubach was hired in 2002 and had never organized a parade, but he’s received valuable help from well-respected and treasured Parade Chairman, Jim Lawrence. Lawrence, who was born in Deming, N.M. and moved to El Paso at the age of three, has served as a mentor to Daubach these last 15 years, providing guidance throughout the organizing process.

“Having someone like Jim mentor me and explaining the do’s and don’ts, what to focus on, what not to focus on has been invaluable because he’s lived through so many parades,” Daubach mentioned. “He really knows how to do things that help not only me, but everybody.”

Lawrence has been involved as a volunteer with the parade for 48 years, and has seen the parade in different stages of its life. From a young boy standing on the sidewalks, watching the parade in awe, to designing and building floats, the parade remains special to him.

“It’s in my blood. Being involved with the parade all this time, I’ve seen many floats, many specialty units, and it’s special every year,” Lawrence recalls. “It’s a parade centered around the community, and I think it makes families and children really happy to come out each year and see what we’ve put together for them.”

Sun Bowl Executive Director Bernie Olivas has worked with Lawrence for many years. He’s grateful for the dedication Lawrence continues to provide for the Sun Bowl Association year-after-year. Before Lawrence was appointed Parade Chairman, he was set to retire as a volunteer, until Olivas convinced him otherwise. Lawrence is an irreplaceable asset to the organization.

“Jim is an invaluable person to the Sun Bowl Association,” Olivas mentioned. “He’s just a tremendous individual and if he had left us before Joe took over, I honestly don’t think we’d have a parade. That’s how valuable he continues to be for this organization.”

Volunteers make a tremendous impact not only on the parade, but on the organization as a whole. Though the parade is the largest event put on by the Sun Bowl Association, volunteers are crucial in assuring that each event put on by the association is successful. Without volunteers the organization would not exist.

“There’s no way seven people can put on the events, not just the parade, but all the events we have. We depend on every volunteer that help us throughout the year,” Olivas says. “We couldn’t exist without their help. These volunteers who ask nothing in return just want to contribute to the community, and of course the Sun Bowl Association is all about putting on community events. Without them, we wouldn’t have a job.”

The 81st Annual FirstLight Federal Credit Union Sun Bowl Parade kicks off on Thursday, November 23 at 9:45 a.m. on Montana Avenue between Ochoa and Copia streets and will also be televised locally on KTSM Channel 9.

The theme for this year’s parade is American Folklore. A fitting theme for the volunteers, because what’s more American than giving back to the community?

If you would like to sign up to become a volunteer for the Sun Bowl Association, click on the volunteer link.  To view a gallery of last year’s parade, click here.

Author: Elenie Gonzalez – Sun Bowl Association.

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