A guitar player strums along as he rides a float down the parade route. (courtesy photo)

Poway Rotary Parade plans get underway

By Melanie Potter

Planning a parade takes months of coordinating judges, locating P.A. systems, obtaining permits, requesting street closures, marketing, and raising thousands of dollars to help underwrite the expenses. This year’s Poway Rotary Parade will make its way down Poway Road on Sept. 7.

Once again, the Rotary Club of Poway-Scripps will host it and this year, the name has been changed to Poway Rotary Parade.

County Supervisor Dianne Jacob will serve as grand marshal and this year’s theme is “Celebrate Country Living.”

“Poway, known in Kumeyaay days as the meeting of little valleys, has always had a wonderful community sense of presence stated in the city’s slogan: ‘City in the Country,’” said Rotarian Dan Brenner. “It’s remarkable that Poway is located in a major metropolis area like San Diego County. The Rotary Club of Poway Scripps wants to celebrate that community sentiment with a parade theme for the floats and entrants that reflects the feeling that the community already shares.”

Youngsters ride steeds from ButterNut Ponies in a previous Poway Rotary Parade. (courtesy photo)


The Rotary Club of Poway-Scripps has hosted the parade since 2013. 

“We jumped in when the community was at risk of losing the parade and discovered we love presenting it,” said Pauline Getz, Rotary Club Poway-Scripps immediate past president. “It’s a truly wonderful, good old-fashioned parade. Besides delighting the more than 10,000 participants it attracts, the parade serves as the club’s largest annual fundraiser to generate money for community service projects after the considerable parade expenses are satisfied.”

Fundraising for the parade has begun and the commitment to become involved as a sponsor or donor is crucial to helping underwrite the costs of the parade and has the added benefit of showcasing businesses as a provider of this old-fashioned community event. 

Costs associated with the parade include permits, sanitation, reimbursing high school bands for their transportation costs, printing, trophies, coordination fees, P.A. system, and advertising. Donations to support this community event are accepted by the Poway Rotary Foundation at https://paypal.me/powayrotary.

The parade start time on Sept. 7 is scheduled for 9 a.m. and more than 100 entrants are expected. Information about participating in or supporting the parade can be found at PowayRotaryParade.org.

Poway Rotary Parade plans get underway

Planning a parade takes months of coordinating judges, locating P.A. systems, obtaining permits, requesting street closures, marketing, and raising thousands of dollars to help underwrite the expenses. This year’s Poway Rotary Parade will make its way down Poway Road on Sept. 7.

Once again, the Rotary Club of Poway-Scripps will host it and this year, the name has been changed to Poway Rotary Parade.

County Supervisor Dianne Jacob will serve as grand marshal and this year’s theme is “Celebrate Country Living.”

“Poway, known in Kumeyaay days as the meeting of little valleys, has always had a wonderful community sense of presence stated in the city’s slogan: ‘City in the Country,’” said Rotarian Dan Brenner. “It’s remarkable that Poway is located in a major metropolis area like San Diego County. The Rotary Club of Poway Scripps wants to celebrate that community sentiment with a parade theme for the floats and entrants that reflects the feeling that the community already shares.”

Youngsters ride steeds from ButterNut Ponies in a previous Poway Rotary Parade. (courtesy photo)


The Rotary Club of Poway-Scripps has hosted the parade since 2013. 

“We jumped in when the community was at risk of losing the parade and discovered we love presenting it,” said Pauline Getz, Rotary Club Poway-Scripps immediate past president. “It’s a truly wonderful, good old-fashioned parade. Besides delighting the more than 10,000 participants it attracts, the parade serves as the club’s largest annual fundraiser to generate money for community service projects after the considerable parade expenses are satisfied.”

Fundraising for the parade has begun and the commitment to become involved as a sponsor or donor is crucial to helping underwrite the costs of the parade and has the added benefit of showcasing businesses as a provider of this old-fashioned community event. 

Costs associated with the parade include permits, sanitation, reimbursing high school bands for their transportation costs, printing, trophies, coordination fees, P.A. system, and advertising. Donations to support this community event are accepted by the Poway Rotary Foundation at https://paypal.me/powayrotary.

The parade start time on Sept. 7 is scheduled for 9 a.m. and more than 100 entrants are expected. Information about participating in or supporting the parade can be found at PowayRotaryParade.org.