Fourth of July parade entries due |

Fourth of July parade entries due

The deadline for entries in this year’s Fourth of July parade is fast approaching.Entry forms for participants – with the exception of Harley-Davidson riders – are due at 5 p.m. Thursday at the Aspen Chamber Resort Association offices, 425 Rio Grande Place.There is no entry fee for the parade; floats and other items in the parade must be noncommercial and “in good taste,” according to the ACRA. As usual, judging will take place in front of the Hotel Jerome, with honors for the most patriotic, most humorous, best animal, most outrageous and best children’s entries. (Performances in front of the judges are limited to two minutes, folks.)The weekend’s holiday festivities actually begin Friday with live entertainment on the Cooper Avenue mall. Local acoustic guitarist Dan Sheridan will perform from 6 to 9 p.m.Soul Feel, a funk/rock band, will perform Saturday and the Ben Diamond Band will take the stage Sunday.Back by popular demand for the Fourth of July street dance will be Take the Wheel, performing “classic rock” from 8 to 10:30 p.m. The band will take a break at 9:15 p.m. for fireworks on Aspen Mountain.Monday’s parade will be staged on Main Street between Aspen Street and Second Street; that stretch of Main will be closed to all traffic. The parade lineup is determined on a first-come, first-in-line basis, starting at 8:30 a.m.The procession will head east on Main past the Jerome, turn south onto Hunter Street, west onto Cooper and then north on Galena Street for two blocks before heading west on Hopkins. From there, the parade heads south on Mill Street and turns west onto Hyman. Participants will disperse at the intersection of Hyman and Monarch.Parade etiquette reminders from the ACRA include the following: no alcohol consumption; candy and other items should not be thrown to spectators and water balloons are not permitted.Entry forms are available online at and can be faxed to the ACRA at 920-1173. For more information, contact Julie Hardman at or call her at 925-7146.

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