New Castle puts on a show |

New Castle puts on a show

Parades and celebrations — I was told the parade in New Castle was celebrating the firefighters who died at the Burnt Mountain Fire. It’s not; it is just a late-summer music and community festival. A wonderful community event at that.

Have any of you been there? The downtown is shaping up with new sidewalks and a tourist-friendly downtown. If you look at its website, it has become bike friendly and it seems it is active in promoting these new bike trails, it is almost a Carbondale along Interstate 70.

I take my hat off to Coal Ridge High School, they must have had half the school there. They had a band, a big band, not a marching band, just a group of alert and groomed young people on a long trailer bed, all with an instrument in hand. They sounded really good, too!

Then there were the Coal Ridge cheerleading squad with the middle school cheerleaders — what a smiley group. There was this taller male in the midst of the female cheerleaders as they marched and I thought, “Wow! A male high school cheerleader — how cool is that?” I’ve never been to a game, so I wonder if he gets out there and does it with the rest of the squad.

The floats with children were many and filled with excited kids in a parade, the fun of the hosers, spraying the crowd with water, the handers and throwers of candy.

I was surprised by the horses. There was a group from the Front Range with all types of costumes, at least 50 riders and horses, and they put on one great show of daring abilities and talent. New Castle is on it, supporting youth and bringing tourists to town to support a healthy, young community!

Paramroop S. Khalsa