United Tribes News

‘Parade of Champions’ set for September 12
22 July 2009

BISMARCK (UTN) - Dancers and singers attending the 40th Annual United Tribes International Powwow will find it easier to participate in the 2009 ‘Parade of Champions.’ The route will be on the college campus through the streets that circle the powwow grounds. The colorful pageantry associated with the event will remain in close proximity to the powwow event.

       The 2009 parade is set for Saturday, September 12 at 10 a.m. The theme is: “40 Years of Sharing Culture.”

       For over 20 years the route of the ‘Parade of Champions’ had been from the state Capitol through downtown Bismarck, making it a public showcase for community spirit and unity during the powwow.

       This year a parade organized by another group was scheduled for that route on the same day and time.

       Entries for the ‘Parade of Champions’ are invited from tribal and non-tribal groups and organizations. Past entries have come from community groups, tribal organizations, powwow dancers and singers, tribal leaders, Miss Indian Nations participants, and public officials and dignitaries.

       Parade staging will begin at 8 a.m. on streets of the college’s new, south campus. Enter from University Drive on Burleigh Avenue.

       The parade entry fee is $35, the same as in previous years. Entries that wish to be judged are $50.

       Judging takes place and cash awards are presented in four categories: Best Overall Theme Entry; Best Horse Group; Best Dance Group; and Best Youth/Cultural Entry.

       Parade spectators are asked to enter through the college main gate at 3315 University Drive. The daily powwow admission is $8.

       Entry forms are available from Lorraine Davis, parade coordinator, 701-255-3285 x 1415, or 701-226-3517, or ldavis@uttc.edu.

      Send entry fee to: Lorraine Davis, United Tribes Technical College, 3315 University Drive, 58504.