The Pierre Bottineau Parade will be held on July 10. With over 10,000 viewers lined up along the parade route to watch the parade this is the perfect event to reach out and show community spirit.
Parade route follows 89th Avenue from Zachary Lane to Rice Lake Road, political units start off at 6 p.m., the WWII airplane flyover is at 6:15 p.m. and followed by the remaining parade units at 6:30 p.m.
The parade is filled with visiting royalty, beautiful floats, school marching bands, youth groups, church groups, school organizations, community organizations, businesses, police and fire vehicles, animals, musical groups and the list goes on. No matter what a favorite part of the parade is, parade-watchers sure to find the Pierre Bottineau Parade fun for the whole family.
Application for parade entry are being accepted now. To obtain an application call 763-494-5985 or visit www.mgco.org/contact.php. The parade committee reviews hundreds of applications each year and tries to provide a well-balanced parade that everyone will enjoy. Hours of daylight limit the number of units that can be permitted in the parade. This limitation on units combined with the popularity of the parade means that available spaces fill very quickly.
The Maple Grove Community Organization hopes participants will use their creative talents when planning a parade unit. MGCO would like all participants to decorate a fun and entertaining display to be viewed by thousands at the parade. Parade unit creativity is judged in two categories, over $2,000 and under $2,000, with cash awards going to first, second and third place winners.