Parade Contestants Dedicate Hours to Preparation
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. On Thursday the community is invited to celebrate Independence Day on the streets of Downtown Grand Junction. The annual Fourth of July parade kicks off at 10 a.m.
Whether your choreographing a routine or strategically preparing a float, parade preparation doesn't happen overnight.
Danielle Sanders, owner of TLC Grooming by Danielle, said, "It's definitely a process. Yesterday we spent over three hours just on two of the dogs."
Sander's float tied for second last year.
"I just didn't expect that, but I was really happy about it. Maybe we can come out in first place!"
She hopes their patriotism will shine through for the judges
"Red, white and blue, we're going to match the float. It helps people realize how important it is to you, and that it's not just about the money when it comes to your business."
Over at Absolute Dance, performer's also hope to steal hearts in the crowd.
Krystal von der Lieth, choreographer at Absolute Dance, said, "We're going to see a lot of the kids in costume marching along, but then they're also going to be doing a little bit of singing and dancing."
Community members will get a taste of their upcoming performance Peter Pan.
"It's just a really great experience for the kids to get out there and show what they've got and celebrate our country at the same time," von der Lieth.
Later in the day at 5 p.m. downtown will be buzzing again for the farmer's market.