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Parade theme honors leadership
11 August 2008

BISMARCK (UTN) The United Tribes "Parade of Champions" will provide an opportunity to honor those who demonstrate leadership.

      "Celebrating Community Through Leadership" is the theme selected for the 2008 parade, set for Saturday, September 6.

      The event is open to the public as showcase for community spirit and unity during the United Tribes International Powwow.

      Registration is open for the parade's 150 places. Past entries have come from community groups and tribal organizations, including American Indian dancers and singers from the powwow, tribal leaders, Miss Indian Nations participants, and from the state's five tribes.

      United Tribes Parade Committee encourages participants to prepare an entry that honors the spirit of community through those who provide leadership. Participants are free to choose their own way of honoring leadership on their entry.

      The parade's Grand Marshall is Sister Thomas Welder, University of Mary president. Sister Thomas has emphasized the Benedictine value of servant leadership at the university and promoted unity among diverse groups in the community.

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

      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.

      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.

      Staging for the "Parade of Champions" begins at 8 a.m. at the State Capitol grounds. Wheels roll at 10 a.m. along 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 4 on the campus of United Tribes Technical College. It attracts over 10,000 visitors to the community for the weekend and was recognized with the North Dakota Governor's International Award for Tourism in 2008.

 

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