Parade entries offer mix of the patriotic, political, fun |

Parade entries offer mix of the patriotic, political, fun

Aspen Times Staff Report

A panel of five judges awarded distinctions to several of the 50-plus businesses, organizations and individuals who participated in Aspen’s old-fashioned Fourth of July Parade Sunday or competed the window-decorating contest.

And the parade winners are …

Most Patriotic: The paraglider carrying the American flag, “for his spectacular, first-ever landing on Main Street,” noted the judges.

Best Political Statement: The Maroon Creek Roundabouts, “for their comical depiction of traffic flow through the roundabout.”

Most Humorous: Aspen Sales Directors Association, “who strolled the parade route pushing rollaway beds and wagging ballooned tails. Their slogan – `We put butts in beds.’ “

Best Animal: H2J Riding School, “whose 10 horses were creatively and patriotically painted.”

Most Outrageous: Miners for Whiners, “whose `Cannon For Sale’ was nearly sold due to its popularity with the judges.”

Best Children’s: COMPASS For Lifelong Discovery. “Clearly those kids put a lot of time into constructing a 30-foot river dory, complete with palm trees and George Stranahan at the helm,” judges commented.

Taking honors in the window-decorating contest were:

Best Overall: Pitkin County Dry Goods, “for their display of red, white and blue clothing, pinwheels, beach balls and miniature white picket fences.”

Most Patriotic: Pomeroy Sports, “for colorfully painted windows” spanning 8 by 10 feet.

Most Original: Kemo Sabe, “for `Sherman the Armadillo,’ waving the American flag and drinking Lone Star beer.”

All parade and window-decorating contest winners may receive a certificate by contacting Jennifer Albright at the Aspen Chamber Commerce Association, 920-7143.

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