Poway Days Parade

The Poway Days Parade, a beloved local tradition, returns this year on Saturday, Sept. 8. The parade will kick off at 9 a.m. at Pomerado Rd. and Poway Rd., and will continue to Bowron Rd. Schools, marching bands, Scout troops, sports teams, community organizations, government officials, local businesses, and more are scheduled to take part.

The parade is once again hosted by the Rotary Club of Poway-Scripps, and club members have been hard at work preparing for the festivities. The theme this year is Be the Inspiration – the same as Rotary International’s 2018-2019 presidential theme. Poway-Scripps Club President Karen Herreros explained, “We hope that this theme inspires people to see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change; across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.”

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Poway-Scripps Rotary has hosted the parade since 2013. “It’s a truly wonderful, good old-fashioned parade,” said Pauline Getz, the club’s immediate past president. “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”.

This year’s grand marshal is Shelley Zimmerman, who retired from her position as San Diego Police Department (SDPD) Chief of Police in March. Appointed in 2014, she was the first woman to hold that position. She joined SDPD in 1982.

The parade is a tremendous collaborative effort. “It takes thousands of dollars to stage the parade and it takes a village to do it,” said Don Barrett, parade chairman. “The parade would not be possible without the financial support that businesses provide as sponsors and members of the community offer in the way of donations.” Individuals and organizations interested in taking part in the 54th Annual Poway Days Parade can visit the event website for information about participation, volunteering, and sponsorship opportunities at www.powaydaysparade.org. Learn more about Rotary Club of Poway-Scripps at portal.clubrunner.ca/10118.