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Community parade, flyover usher in SCW’s 40th


Join a variety of Sun City West chartered clubs, area churches, businesses, community and civic organizations in a colorful parade marking Sun City West’s 40th anniversary. A special flyover by vintage military planes will add to the excitement!


The festivities, sponsored by the Recreation Centers of Sun City West, begin 9 a.m. Monday, Feb. 19 – Presidents’ Day. The parade is in celebration of Sun City West’s 40th Anniversary. Grand Marshal Earl Mackert, a long-time volunteer who has dedicated thousands of hours at the Rec Centers and other local organizations will anchor the parade.


Parade participants – some motorized and some walking – have tapped their imaginations and worked over the last couple of months to create their entries to promote their clubs, businesses and organizations.


The parade will start in the north parking lot at R.H. Johnson Rec Center for motor-type vehicles (autos, golf cars, bikes, floats, etc.). From there, it will travel on to Meeker Boulevard towards the intersection of 135th Avenue. There it will connect with walkers, bands and dignitaries, then continue down Meeker to Beardsley Road, take a left turn and travel east to finish at Beardsley Park.


Parade viewers are encouraged to arrive early with chairs and set up along Meeker Boulevard or Beardsley Road – between Briarwood Country Club and Beardsley Park – to watch the parade.


Along with the special vintage military plane flyover by members of the Warbird Squadron 20 at Deer Valley Airport, ground-level parade entrants include: Arizona Fire & Medical Authority; Cameo Club and Ms. Senior Arizona (10 beauty queens); Sun City West Posse and Posse Color Guard; Phoenix Pipe & Drum; PORA and PRIDES; Shadow Ridge High School Band; Sun City Poms, the horse-drawn Wells Fargo wagon and more!


All streets that border the parade route will begin closing at 6:30 a.m. These will be complete closures with the Sheriff’s Office and Posse manning all intersections and inner streets. The streets will reopen as soon as the parade is complete.


A map of the parade route and complete list of street closures can be found by following the links. A list of all entrants in the parade can be found here.


Two judges will be on hand to rate the parade entries and award prizes, including $200 for first-place, $100 for second place, and $50 for third.


Additional activities round out the Anniversary week, which culminates with the parade and wraps up the evening of the 19th with a concert by the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra and the FlyBoys. All details are at

  1. Larry McRae says:

    Will parking be available anywhere near the parade route? Many of us can’t walk long distances even though we are not handicapped.

    Thank you!

    • Hello Larry. While the actual parade route and streets directly surrounding it will be closed, you should be able to access side streets close to the route for parking by coming in from ‘other’ directions, such as from Stardust, etc.

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