The 55th annual Poway Rotary Parade will start at 9 a.m. Sept. 7 beginning at the intersection of Pomerado Road andÂ Poway Road and heading east to Bowron Road. (courtesy photo)
Poway Rotary Parade is set for Sept. 7
Planning a parade takes months of coordinating judges, locating PA systems, obtaining permits, requesting street closures, marketing and raising thousands of dollars to help underwrite the expenses.
Now in its 55th year, the Poway Rotary Parade will make its way down Poway Road on Sept. 7 beginning at 9 a.m. on Poway Road. The parade starts at the intersection of Pomerado Road and Poway Road and continues east to Bowron Road.
Once again, the Rotary Club of Poway-Scripps will host it and this year, the name has been changed to Palomar Health Presents Poway Rotary Parade. The name change reflects Palomar Health being the major sponsor to the parade and securing the naming rights.
“We are indeed pleased and proud to have the support of Palomar Health as our title sponsor this year. They have been stellar community citizens and we are happy to be aligned and associated with such a solid organization,” said Pauline Getz, Rotary Club Poway-Scripps past president.
In addition to Palomar Health being the major sponsor, at press time gold sponsors include Debra Shultz Gutzmer and Geico.
“Geico has been a consistent sponsor of the parade for many years. Their continued support is a great example of their serious community involvement and we are very grateful,” Getz said.
Lending their voices to the parade will be three announcers: Dave Mason, formerly of Sunny 98.1; Channel 10 News meteorologist Megan Parry; and Laura Gonzalez, the Parent Liaison Bilingual for Valley Elementary School. Parry grew up in Poway and attended Twin Peaks Middle School and Poway High School.
Trophies will be awarded to parade favorites as deemed by judges. One judge – Don Glover of Poway – was chosen for his dedication to Rotary. He served as area assistant governor for Rotary District 5340. Two additional judges are being confirmed.
More than 65 entries have committed to walking down Poway Road on parade day. An old favorite, the Victorian Rose Ladies Riding Society, will once again appear.
County Supervisor Dianne Jacob will serve as grand marshal. This year’s parade theme is “Celebrate Country Living.”
The Rotary Club of Poway-Scripps has hosted the parade since 2013.
“We jumped in when the community was at risk of losing the parade and discovered we love presenting it.” Getz said.
“It’s a truly wonderful, good old-fashioned parade,” Getz added. “Besides delighting the more than 10,000 participants it attracts, the parade serves as the club’s largest annual fundraiser to generate money for community service projects after the considerable parade expenses are satisfied.”
Rotary is a leadership organization of local business, professional and civic leaders. The Rotary Club of Poway-Scripps meets every Wednesday at noon. Guests and prospective members are welcome. Visit the website for meeting location: https://portal.clubrunner.ca/10118.