Yes! We got a “two-for”… kinda. The concept of getting a float in a couple of parades this summer, for community exposure and to “get the word out,” came up in the Board Planning Session earlier this year. We pursued the concept and applied for entry in the Orem Summerfest Parade and the Provo Freedom Festival Parades. On June 9 our makeshift ‘float’ (actually a rented utility trailer) was decorated with two banners, one on each side, and a 4×4 banner in the back. All three banners were promoting the time and location of rehearsal, inviting anyone to ‘come out’ for a visit.
It was after the Orem Parade we heard from the Provo Freedom Festival Parade that we were “IN” that parade. We didn’t know, when we applied, that all the ‘entertainment’ floats would be in a “Pre-Parade” which starts an hour before the Freedom Festival Parade… we kicked off at 8 a.m. for the Pre-Parade while the other parade started about 9 a.m. (the 9 a.m. parade is usually broadcast over KSL and KUTV… we will find out if we get any TV coverage – to be reported next month).
Generally, several hundred thousand residents crowd both sides of the Center Street and University Avenue parade route. Many stake out their territory the night before and stay up all night until after the Freedom Festival Parade has gone past. This is too large of an audience to pass over, as these people come from the communities all over Utah County: Santaquin to Payson/Elk Ridge to Spanish Fork, Mapleton, Salem, Springville, Goshen, Saratoga Springs, Eagle Mountain, Lehi, American Fork, Pleasant Grove, Cedar Hills, Highland, Alpine, Lindon, Orem and beyond all to Provo for this celebration.