WSD3 Community Parade coming
Last updated 9/8/2021 at 9:55am
The Widefield School District 3 Community Parade — a favorite annual event for students and residents of the district — will be Saturday, Sept. 18, at 10:30 a.m.
It will start at the corner of Fontaine Boulevard and Security Boulevard, in the parking lot of Big R (169 Fontaine Blvd.), continue north up Security Boulevard, turn right on Main Street, and finish on Norman Avenue behind Widefield High School (615 Widefield Drive).
The parade will stop at C.A. Foster Stadium between 11:45 a.m. and noon; at 1 p.m., the usual football game between Widefield and Mesa Ridge High School will start in the stadium. Stadium staff will begin selling concessions around 11:30 a.m., giving people plenty of time to get food before the game. Admission tickets are $3 each.
This year’s parade theme is “D3’s Future is Now.” As usual, the parade will feature floats created by WSD3 schools and departments, and the WSD3 Board of Education will distribute t-shirts and candy. Due to insurance and time constraints, outside organizations will not participate in the event except for a few groups grandfathered into the program (such as Security Fire Department).
According to WSD3 Communications Director Samantha Briggs, Widefield High School had a homecoming parade for many years, but the Community Parade began when WSD3 started the Substance Abuse Resources Team in 1987, a group of P.E. teachers and counselors trying to raise awareness about drug abuse.
“The parade began with a committee to celebrate character education, the red ribbon drug free campaign and the tradition of our schools,” Briggs said. “They wanted to raise awareness on substance abuse and promote the positive things happening in schools. They came up with an idea of a parade and creating T-shirts for every school. The theme was ‘Pride Inside, Not Drugs.’”
Eventually this parade merged with the homecoming parade; and as the district grew with Mesa Ridge High School’s founding in 1997, it became the modern community parade.
The Widefield Parks and Recreation (WPR) Fall Festival and Fountain Valley Scholars hotdog cookout, usually held on the same day as the parade, will not take place this year. Instead, WPR will host Fall Fun Day on Oct. 9, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at their location (705 Aspen Drive in Security).