Fiesta Bowl parade takes over Phoenix streets

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PHOENIX (AP) -- Hundreds of spectators lined the streets to watch the 44th annual Fiesta Bowl parade in central Phoenix.

Former Olympic swimmer Amy Van Dyken-Rouen served as the grand marshal in the parade, which began at 11 a.m. and lasted for about 90 minutes.

The theme of this year's parade was "the Spirit of the Southwest."

From Payson to Yuma, cities all over the state sent floats and marching bands to take part in the event. Participants included an army of "Star Wars" Storm Troopers and riders from the Hashknife Pony Express.

The two-mile parade route began on Central Avenue at Montebello Avenue and ended at 7th Street and Indian School.

Residents are advised several street closures in the area may still be in effect.

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