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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.

 

Grand Marshals, Theme Announced for 2017 FirstLight FCU Sun Bowl Parade

The Sun Bowl Association and FirstLight Federal Credit Union announced on Wednesday, Sept. 27 that 14 World War II veterans from El Paso, will lead the 81st Annual FirstLight Federal Credit Union Sun Bowl Parade as Grand Marshals.

“With this year’s theme being ‘American Folklore’ we thought it’d be great to have real heroes lead our parade,” said Sun Bowl Association Executive Director Bernie Olivas. “We have a great working relationship with Fort Bliss and appreciate the team there helping us get connected with these veterans.”

The theme for this year’s annual parade is “American Folklore” celebrating the history and legends of the United States.  The parade is scheduled for Thursday, November 23.

The Grand Marshals will ride in the FirstLight Federal Credit Union float to kick off the parade, which starts at 9:45 a.m. (MT) at the corner of Montana and Ochoa and ending at the intersection of Copia and Montana.

There were 16,112,566 members of the United States Armed Forces during World War II. There were 291,557 battle deaths, 113,842 other deaths in service, and 670,846 received non-mortal wounds. According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, around 558,000 American veterans from the war are estimated to still be alive as of 2017.

During this conflict, 464 United States military personnel received the Medal of Honor, 266 of them posthumously.

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 Marshal, and a wide variety of specialty units from Mexican / Indian dancers to military ceremonial units.

Television: Live coverage of the Parade on local affiliate television KTSM Channel 9 (NBC). Television coverage starts at 10 a.m. (MT).

For more information on the parade go to the Sun Bowl Association website at www.sunbowl.org/parade.

 

Map+Gallery: Annual Sun Bowl Parade set for Thursday; El Paso’s Own Ginger Kerrick to be Grand Marshal

With the theme “80 Years Around the World” it seems fitting that someone who has broken many barriers and milestones would be the Grand Marshal for the 80th Annual FirstLight Federal Credit Union Sun Bowl Parade, which is set for Thursday, Nov. 24 at 10 a.m.

The 80th edition will feature El Pasoan and Flight Operations Directorate Division Chief for the Flight Integration Division at Johnson Space Center Ginger Kerrick as the Grand Marshal on Thanksgiving Day.

PHOTO DATE: 04-07-10 LOCATION: Bldg. 30 south SUBJECT: STS-131/19A Flight Controllers on Console - Orbit 3, PHOTOGRAPHER: James Blair
Grand Marshal Ginger Kerrick | Photo by James Blair/NASA

Kerrick has worked at NASA for 25 years, including 4 years as the first non-astronaut Capsule Communicator (CAPCOM) and 8 years as a Flight Director in charge of Mission Control for numerous International Space Station (ISS) and Shuttle missions.

“We are honored and truly thankful to have a person in such high standing with NASA come back to her hometown to be the Grand Marshal for the 80 annual parade,” said Karl Murphy, President and CEO of FirstLight Federal Credit Union. “Ms. Kerrick is the epitome of hard work and we are so grateful that she would place time aside to come and celebrate a longstanding tradition here in El Paso.”

“This is a special event that everyone in El Paso has enjoyed each and every year for the past 80 years,” Sun Bowl Association Executive Director said. “So many peopleare involved in putting this together, which shows the community we have here, andit’s always a great sight when over 250,000 people line the sidewalks MontanaAvenue.”

The parade route runs on Montana Avenue from Ochoa to Copia. Tickets to sit in the review stands, located on Montana Avenue adjacent to the First Baptist Church, can be purchased at FirstLight Federal Credit Union branches, Circle K locations and the Sun Bowl Association office.

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 an annual crowd of over 250,000 spectators.

The Sun Bowl Parade is the largest 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.

What: FirstLight Federal Credit Union Sun Bowl Parade

Theme: “80 Years Around the World”

When: Thursday, Nov. 24, 2016

Start Time: 10 a.m. (MT)

Where: Montana Ave. from Ochoa to Copia

To view pictures of last year’s parade, click HERE.

parade map 2015

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