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Registration Open for Parade of Champions
24 July 2007

BISMARCK (UTN) Registration is open for the United Tribes "Parade of Champions," scheduled for Saturday, September 8 in Bismarck.

      The event is a showcase for community spirit and unity during the United Tribes International Powwow.

      "It's an important community event that people look forward to both as participants and spectators," said Karen M. Paetz, Director of the United Tribes Land Grant Department and co-chair of the United Tribes International Powwow. "It's always been a showcase for diversity. We want everyone in the community to know that they're invited to register now to get involved."

      "Celebrating Community Through Leadership" is the theme. Participants are encouraged to plan for an entry that honors the spirit of community through those who provide leadership.

      United Tribes will honor David M. Gipp, who has served as college president for 30 years, bringing visionary leadership and a commitment to unity among diverse groups in the community.

      The choice of whom or what to focus on is up to each participating organization, according to the parade committee.

      Because of the parade's popularity, the number of entries is limited to 150. Half of those are for tribal organizations, including American Indian dancers and singers from the powwow, tribal leaders, Miss Indian Nations participants, and entries from the state's five tribes. The remaining 75 are reserved for participants from the Bismarck-Mandan area, which have included school groups, marching bands, floats, and public officials.

      The parade cost is $35 per entry, the same as in previous years. An additional $15 fee is required for entries that wish to be judged for cash prizes in four categories: Best Overall Theme Entry; Best Horse Group; Best Dance Group; and Best Youth/Cultural Entry.

      Entry forms are available from parade coordinators Lorraine and Scott Davis at United Tribes Technical College, 701-255-3285 x 1260 or 1454, ldavis@uttc.edu, or sdavis@uttc.edu.

      The "Parade of Champions" is staged beginning at 8 a.m. at the State Capitol grounds. It begins at 10 a.m. and follows a route from Boulevard Avenue down Sixth Street to Avenue C, west one block to Fifth Street, and south on Fifth Street through downtown to Kirkwood Mall, where participants disperse in the mall parking lot.

      The international powwow begins September 6 on the campus of United Tribes Technical College. It attracts over 10,000 visitors to the community for the weekend and is recognized as one of the nation's premier cultural events.


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