|On Saturday, February 22, 2014, the cities of Goodyear and Avondale will host a joint parade through both cities. “An International Celebration” – that’s the theme of the second annual exciting, family-focused celebration.
After a highly successful inaugural event in 2012 to honor the statehood Centennial celebrations, Avondale and Goodyear have decided to make the combined festival and parade an annual event. Similar to last year, the parade will again take place on Thomas Road, from Litchfield to Dysart Roads, beginning at 10 a.m. and ending with the festival at Estrella Mountain Community College.
Depending on the number of entrants, the parade is expected to last anywhere from an hour to an hour and a half. We are currently seeking parade entrants - floats, bands, vintage cars, horses, gymnastic troops, dance troops, or other entertaining parade entries.
This year’s theme of “An International Celebration” adds international flavor to the Tale of Two Cities Event. The parade will promote the cultural theme; music and performances from a variety of artists complement the experience. Vendors and community groups offering a diverse assortment of products, including arts and crafts, are invited to sell at the event, as well as concessionaires that share authentic food and international cuisine from nations around the world! Festival admission is free and includes music and entertainment, a kids’ zone, vendor booths, cultural-related displays and more.
For applications and more information please visit the Tale of Two Cities Parade and Festival Website
|Tale of Two Cities events and features:
A World of Cuisine
Authentic food from nations around the world include Greek, Mexican, Indonesian, Asian, Native American, Cambodian, Caribbean, Moroccan and Jamaican!
Children will be able to take part in free activities and fun. The zone will include a bounce house, rock wall, wave slide, carnival games, face painting, and crafts for the kids.
Vendors, businesses, community organizations and sponsors, as well as city services from Avondale and Goodyear, will be participating to provide information and opportunities. Arts, crafts and food booths help support the international theme.
Free parking will be available at St. Thomas Aquinas Church (enter from 137th Ave.), Palm Valley Elementary (enter from 135th Ave.) and Estrella Mountain Community College (enter from the North, off Dysart Rd.)
Schedule of Events:
Main Stage (subject to change):
11:15 a.m.: Drumming Sounds; interactive performance with drums for around the world.
Noon: USCIS Naturalization Ceremony
12:50 p.m.: Mariachi Mexico Nuevo; Mariachi Ensemble
1:30 p.m.: Polynesian Dancers
2 p.m.: Native Spirit/ Brian Hammill; Native American Hoop Dancer
2:35 p.m.: Neotribal; Middle Eastern Drum and Belly Dancing
Food Court Stage (subject to change)
11:30 a.m.: Agua Fria Night Owl Jazz; Agua Fria Highschool Band
12:45 p.m.: Dynaic Wushu; Chinese Martial Arts
1:25 p.m.: Ballet Folklorico Esperanza; Traditional Mexican Dance
2:15 p.m.: StarWorld; Tang Soo Do Martial Arts
2:40 p.m: Thunderdance; African Dance group from Thunderbird School of Global Management
Tale of Two Cities is produced by Goosebump Marketing and Events and sponsored by APS, Cox Communications, West Valley Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics, Hilton Garden Inn & Homewood Suites, AtoZ Equipment Rentals and Grand Canyon University.