VAIL — The Vail America Days Parade once again brought a fantastic crowd to Vail Village and Lionshead Village this year.
The parade began at Golden Peak and winded its way through the villages, ending in Lionshead. This year’s parade theme was “Vail Welcomes the World.”
The Gallegos Corporation continued its support with sponsorship of the parade. They have a longstanding tradition of supporting the Vail parade as it was one of Gerald Gallegos’ favorite celebrations. The company presented numerous awards throughout the parade in a variety of categories.
Best in Show: Vail Daily and the Vail Valley Foundation. The Vail Daily and the Vail Valley Foundation teamed up to create a tribute to ski racers competing in 2015. This guy stood 21 feet tall in the starting gate and 13 feet in a tuck. A very zany mix — part marionette, part bobblehead mixed with a little bit of Godzilla.
Best Float: Vail Resorts. Vail Resorts took a unique spin presenting “The World Takes Flight” in preparation for the 2015 World Championships coming to Vail and Beaver Creek.
Best Marching Entry: Trinity Stomp. Trinity Church welcomes the world to Vail through a celebration of rhythm and sound. Their unique presentation once again wowed the parade attendees with their spirit and performances throughout the parade.
Best Youth Entry: Alpine Arts Center. The Alpine Arts Center’s parade float was designed by all the young artists here during kids art camps this week. They worked with all art mediums including paint, cardboard sculpture, tie-dye and more.
Best Motorized: “Rotary Steaming Along in 2014.” Vail America Days has great traditions and this next float was no exception. A mainstay in Vail’s annual July 4 parade, Jerry Sibley, his brother Paul and their steam engine have made history with that steam whistle. The Vail Valley Rotary Club joins Jerry and Paul as they all steamed along in 2014.
Most Distinctive, The Gerald Gallegos Award: “Seven Wonders of Vail.” A special award added in 2013 in honor of Gerald Gallegos, this award goes to the entry that is most thoughtful and most embraces a sense of community. Returning this year was the conference bike ridden by the Schmidt family and friends. The riders represented the “Seven Wonders of Vail” in welcoming the world to enjoy all that Vail has to offer. Their entry was a seven-person bicycle and each spot on the bicycle represented a different wonder of Vail for the world such as the Back Bowls and mountain biking.
For information and additional activities taking place throughout this weekend, visit VailAmericaDays.com.