Archive for Thursday, September 15, 2011

Entires sought for Kansas 150 parade

September 15, 2011

Kansas communities and attractions can participate in the Oct. 8 Kansas Sunflower Parade in Wichita. The parade will take place at 11 a.m. and is just one part of the daylong Kansas 150 Festival.

Organized by a committee led by Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer and former Wichita Eagle publisher Skip Hidlay, the festival is designed to celebrate Kansas’ 150th birthday. Gov. Sam Brownback has endorsed the festival as the official statewide celebration.

More than 100 entries from across the state have already signed up for the 12-block parade route on Douglas Avenue between Wichita’s East High School and Century II Performing Arts Center. Entries range from marching bands and politicians to tourism attractions and Midian Shriners. Floats, “wearable icons,” farm equipment, marching bands, historical re-enactors, bicycles and horses are all welcome.

Communities are encouraged to promote their traditional tourism or explorer attractions.

The Kansas Sampler Foundation will lead the section of participating rural attractions with a banner that will invite the public to explore Kansas.

There is no cost to participate in the parade but registration is necessary. Call the Go Wichita! office at 800-288-9424.

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