The 2017 Texas Cowboy Reunion Grand Parade will kick off the rodeo in Hollywood style on Wednesday, June 28 at 4 p.m. The theme for the parade will be ‘Now Showing at the Grand’ as tribute to the Grand Theatre’s reopening.
“I was excited to hear that the Grand Theatre would be reopening this year,” Cheyenne Bereuter, TCR Parade Chairman said, “and thought a movie theme for the TCR Grand Parade would perfectly showcase both ‘grand’ happenings downtown.”
As always the judges of the event, will be along the parade route to determine the winners. The judges will be looking for winners based on the four award categories to receive the title and prize cash.
The award categories are: best in theme, best in transportation, best in riding group and best in parade. The best in theme category will have three winners who best embraced the parade theme. The best in transportation will also have three winners and recognizes automobiles, motorcycles, ATV’s and golf carts of notability.
Only one winner will be selected for best in riding group and best in parade. The best in riding group not only receives a cash prize, but also is given the honor to set the pivots for Wednesday night’s Grand Entry.
The best in parade is considered the best overall parade entry. The judges look forward to seeing how creative the community will get. Participants should think about how the ‘Now Showing at the Grand’ theme can be incorporated as they start planning their floats. Anything from popcorn and red carpets to movie reels and reenactments are all great ideas.
“I encourage the community to get involved and to be thinking about entering a float, car or anything else in the parade, to go along with the celebration of kicking off the Rodeo and showcasing our soon to be open theatre,” Bereuter said.
A perfect combination of both ‘grand’ happenings is the 2017 TCR Parade Marshal Dean Smith. As the 2014 recipient of the TCR’s Working Ranch Cowboy Award and once a Hollywood stuntman, Smith embodies exactly what the 2017 Grand Parade is all about. He’s worked with John Wayne, hung upside down from a fake blimp 200 feet over the Orange Bowl, and replicated one of the most famous scenes in movie history by climbing on a thundering team of horses to stop a runaway stagecoach.
“He blends them together,” Bereuter said. “He was a Hollywood stuntman, has actually competed in the TCR before, and is a Working Ranch Cowboy Award recipient. He is the perfect choice as our parade marshal.”
The parade will assemble at the First Baptist Church parking lot and those interested in entering a float are encouraged to register early to be eligible for prizes. Entry forms for the parade will be available at the beginning of June online at tcrrodeo.com or at the Stamford Star office, 202 E. Hamilton Street, Stamford, TX 79553. There is no fee to enter the parade.
Make plans now to join in the fun for the TCR Grand Parade – ‘Now Showing at the Grand’- on Wednesday, June 28 at 4 p.m.