Longmont Alive in Pageantry with Boulder County Fair Parade’s Return
A beloved local rite of late summer surged to life Saturday morning as thousands of people gathered along Main Street in Longmont to enjoy the spectacle of the Boulder County Fair Parade.
Families set their lawn chairs on the sidewalk, placed blankets in the shade or leaned against the nearby buildings to watch the hundreds of colorfully decorated trailers, cars, horses and performers in what officially marked the launch of the 148th Boulder County Fair .
At the front of Saturday’s parade were the Rodeo Royalty, who rode on their horses while wearing their snappy attire — cowboy hat with tiara, a white sash, cowboy boots and chaps.
Trailing behind them were young girls who participated in this year’s Queen for a Day event which allowed them to decorate and ride in a trailer during the parade.
The horse they decorated strutted down the street with bright hand prints on its flanks, complemented by glittering purple hooves.
For many people watching the parade, this was an annual tradition. For one elderly couple, they have watched the parade since they moved to Longmont nearly 20 years ago.
It was the same for Denae Dichiaro — who has lived in Longmont since she was a youngster — and her three children
Dichiaro and her 6-year-old daughter, Alexa, most enjoyed looking at all the beautiful horses and dancers.
“My kids love the dancers,” she said while holding onto the stroller for her 4-month old child. Alexa was dancing near her mom while the 1-year-old stood nearby.
Groups such as the Moriarty-Moffit School of Irish Dance, local high school cheer squads and other fitness groups performed for the crowd. With a large smile on their faces, the audience cheered and waved to the colorfully dressed performers as they continued walking down the street.
A high school marching band wearing blue and white T-shirts, and performing Katy Perry’s “Roar,” also received ample applause.
Various cultural groups also performed during the parade. There was a group of Mexican dancers dressed in brightly colored dresses, Mexican performers wore large sombreros and sat on prancing horse and a local Jewish group shouted and danced on the streets.
Despite the sunny 90-degree weather, people stayed cool by sitting in the shade. Dogs parked themselves under lawn chairs avoiding the glare of the sun, while many spectators fanned themselves with makeshift paper fans and munched on popsicles.
Some organizations even handed out otter pops and candy for the children, while some youngsters sprinted into the street to snatch a piece of candy.
4-H, which sponsors the Boulder County Fair, was a memorable contributor to the parade. Volunteers in matching T-shirts guided goats down the streets for everyone to admire.
The parade signaled the official kickoff of the Boulder County Fair which is free and open to the public. It will run through Aug. 12 and all events are family friendly.
It is located at 9595 Nelson Road.