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Marana Founders' Day Parade and Festivities: Celebrating the town's 47th birthday

Posted at 7:53 PM, Mar 15, 2024
and last updated 2024-03-15 22:53:37-04

MARANA, Ariz. (KGUN) — The Town of Marana is getting ready to celebrate its 47th birthday on March 16 during the Marana Founders’ Day Parade and Festivities.

Marana was incorporated in 1977 and the tradition of the parade began only two years later.

This year’s celebration begins at 10 a.m. with a parade on Marana Main Street. People are encouraged to arrive by 9:45 a.m. The parade has 60 entries and about 1000 people will be in it.

KGUN 9’s Denelle Veselik will be one of this year’s parade judges. She will be judging alongside Deputy Town of Marana Manager, Erik Montague and Marana Police Department Chief, Jeffrey C. Pridgett.

The parade theme is “Growing Together.” Special Events Supervisor for Town of Marana Parks and Recreation, Shelby Scheer said, “It gives a homage to our agricultural heritage here, but it is kind of open to interpretation because Marana is growing so much. We’re excited to see how all the individual entries take that theme.”

Following the parade there will be a car show, performances, food, local vendors and activities at the town’s Municipal Complex located at 11555 W Civic Center Dr. until 3pm.

Madison Thomas joined KGUN 9 in July of 2023 as a multimedia journalist. She graduated from Arizona State University in May of 2023 with a degree in journalism and mass communication. She has lived in Arizona her entire life and grew up in Douglas. Madison is thrilled to share the stories from the community she grew up in. Share your story ideas and important issues with Madison by emailing or by connecting on InstagramTwitter or Facebook.