Mardi Gras Parade seeks float entries
BARSTOW • The Kiwanis Club is accepting entry submissions for the annual Mardi Gras Parade on Oct. 26.
The parade is in its 81st year, making it one of the longest running parades in the state, according to Kiwanis Club member and co-organizer Bea Lint.
“The race is on” is the theme for the annual parade, according to Lint, who works for the Desert Dispatch. Five total plaque awards will be awarded to the participants.
“The theme is always related to kids, but racing in Barstow has been going on forever, as far back as the Jalopy races in the 40’s,” Lint said. “This will be a real fun theme. The sweepstakes prize will be given to the float that really epitomizes whatever they were really trying to create with the theme. It all comes down to the creativity of your thought and who you are.”
Peggi Fries, president of the Kiwanis Club, said the level of excitement around the parade has been “tremendous.” Fries feels the excitement will lead to more participation and involvement from the community of Barstow.
Fries said the honorary Grand Marshals of the parade are the California Highway Patrol and Barstow High School’s cross country team. Fries said coach Jim Duarte will represent the cross country team.
The parade is set for 7 p.m. on Oct 26. According to Lint, the parade will start at the intersection of Barstow Road and Main Street, and will proceed east to Mountain View Street. The deadline to submit an entry is Oct. 18, entries submitted after the deadline may be rejected, Lint said.
The parades registration form can be picked up at the Desert Dispatch office, located at 130 Coolwater Lane, or downloaded on www.desertdispatch.com.