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For immediate release: February 28, 2012TaleofTwoCitiesLogo.jpg

Media Contacts:  Ingrid Melle, PIO Avondale, 623-333-1614

Paula Ilardo– PIO Goodyear, 623-882-7820  


“Tale of Two Cities” Event Announces Parade Winners; A Big Thank You to Sponsors 

It was a morning of sunny skies, marching bands, balloons and floats. The cities of Avondale and Goodyear hosted a celebration on Feb. 25 to commemorate the state’s 100th birthday. More than 80 entries participated in the Tale of Two Cities Parade, which took place on Thomas Road from Litchfield to Dysart Roads.  Three entries took home awards in three categories at the festival following the parade, which was held on the grounds  Estrella Mountain Community College (EMCC), which was also celebrating a milestone in its history – its 20th anniversary. The winners of the parade were:

Best Appearance - US Naval Sea Cadets and the USS Arizona Replica

Most Entertaining - Avondale Fire & Rescue Synchronized Pavement Divers

Best Adaptation of Theme  - Freedom Foundation at Valley Forge - Phoenix Chapter

Judges selected the winners from an array of colorful and exciting entries, which included vintage and military vehicles; large balloons, including the APS State Flag and Birthday Cake balloons; several horse entries, including the US Border Patrol, the Suns Gorilla, the Girls Scouts (celebrating their Centennial year); Charlie Chopper; Blue Star Moms; the Sun City Cheerleaders; and local organizations ranging from the Southwest Valley YMCA and the Goddard School to EZ-Towing and Culvers of Avondale. Parade Grand Marshals were the Hon. Marie Lopez Rogers, Mayor of Avondale, and the Hon. Georgia Lord, Mayor of Goodyear, who led the parade together in a white Cadillac convertible.

The Parade Awards were sponsored by Gateway Chevrolet of Avondale. Approximately 5,000 people attended the parade and festival, which included live entertainment; a variety of street food trucks; free kids activities, and a vehicle display area, sponsored by APS, which brought out its educational Centennial Trailer.  Other major sponsors of the Tale of Two Cities Parade and Festival were: Arizona Lottery, A to Z Equipment, Southwest Ambulance, Mega 104.3 and The Beat 92.7/99.3, Hilton Garden Inn & Homewood Suites, and Fresh & Easy.

“The cities of Avondale and Goodyear wish to thank EMCC for hosting the festival at its beautiful campus. We are also especially grateful to our wonderful sponsors for helping to make this event such a great success,” said Pier Simeri, director for Avondale’s Community Relations department. Also contributing to the success of the event were the dozens of volunteers from Avondale, Goodyear and surrounding communities.


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City of Goodyear • 190 N. Litchfield Road • Goodyear AZ 85338 • Phone 623-932-3910 • Toll-Free 1-800-872-1749