PHOENIX -- When we talk about Spirit of the Southwest, we don't mean the ghost of a cowboy with a holster at his hip or a mirage of wild mustangs thundering across the McDowell Mountains. We're referring to The Spirit of the Southwest, the annual Fort McDowell Fiesta Bowl Parade presented by the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation.
Now in its 42nd year, the Parade will feature a wide variety of brightly-colored floats, magnificent helium balloons, equestrian units, specialty groups, charitable organizations and local celebrities.
This event will also showcase the participants and winners of various Fiesta Bowl events, including participants in the Fiesta Bowl Band Championship, winners of the Fiesta Bowl Twirl-Pom-Cheer & Flag Championship and the Fiesta Bowl Queen & Court.
Since its first outing, the parade is has grown into Arizona’s largest single-day spectator event, annually attracting thousands of people who line the Parade route.
3TV's Stella Inger got a sneak peek at some floats that are part of this year's event and talked to some of the Half-Pint Judges.
Fiesta Bowl Parade Lineup
(subject to change)
Fort McDowell Veterans Association Honor Guard
Strut n Stuff Pom and Dance Team
Fort McDowell President, Dr. Clinton Pattea
Fort McDowell Balloons
Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation Vice President, Bernadine Burnette
Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation Treasurer, Pamela Mott
Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation Council member, Paul Russell
Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation Council member, Pansy Thomas
Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation Council Secretary, Selena Castaneda
Fiesta Bowl Spirit Balloon
Fiesta Bowl Committee and Life Members
Steve Whiteman, Fiesta Bowl Chairman of the Board
Brett Benton, Fiesta Bowl Committee Chairman
Fiesta Bowl Board of Directors and Life Directors
Hall of Flame
Fiesta Bowl Ambassadors
Salem High School
Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation Float
Arizona Governor, Jan Brewer
Wells Fargo Stagecoach
Ballet Folklorico Alegria
Trumbull High School
Tempe Community Float
Arabian Horse Association
Justice League of Arizona
Fort McDowell Veterans Association Elders
Fort McDowell - Traditional Doll Balloon
100 Years of Chevy
Prescott Antique Fire Truck
Desert Edge High School
Frys Sun City Poms
Arizona Mini Mystique
PVNGS Honor Guard
Corona del Sol Steel Band
Grand Marshal, Missy Franklin
US Airways - Dooey the Plane Balloon
Grand Canyon University Float
Grand Canyon University Band and Cheer/Dance/Thunder Club
Brian Bednar, Fiesta Bowl Chair of the Year
Senior Arizona Pageant
Winslow Community Float
Fairfield High School
Arizona Milk Producers Half Pint Judges
Arizona Milk Producers Balloon
Mykel F Miller Battalion
Bill Williams Mountain Men
Arizona Twirling Athletes
City of Phoenix Mayor, Greg Stanton
Play it Again Band
Fiesta Bowl Twirl-Pom-Cheer-Flag and Dance Champs
Fiesta Bowl Queen and Court
Fort McDowell Adventures presents 2013 Tribal Royalty
ABC15's Terri Ouellette
LifeLock - Lockman Balloon
Pittsburg High School
Sheriff Joe Arpaio
Phoeniquera Classics Car Club
Cannedy Dance Centre
Golden West Cowgirls
NW Valley Firefighters Honor Guard
Williams Community Float
First Credit Union - Piggy Bank Balloon
Casa Grande High School
Fort McDowell News Chopper-Reporter Bruce Haffner, "Chopper Guy"
Fiesta Bowl Mascot, Spirit
Jan and Dan Nowell, Fiesta Bowl Volunteers of the Year
Carol Piowarsy, Fiesta Bowl Lifetime Achievement Award
Payson Community Float
Payson High School
CDW - Cowboy Balloon
Don't be a Chump! Check for a Lump!
Wild Women of the West
Folklorico Lindo y Querido
NASA Astronaut Joe Acaba/Payson Ranger District - U.S. Forest Service
Elko High School
Buffalo Soldiers of America
Mesa Caledonian Pipe Band
Arizona Star Wars Costuming
Desert Jewel Gypsy Horses
Disney on Ice – Presents Dare to Dream
POW MIA KIA honor guard
Culver's Ice Cream Sundae balloon
Grove City High School
Ramey Peru Jr., Fiesta Bowl Member of the Year
George Hostal, Fiesta Bowl Rookie of the Year
Phoenix Sky Harbor - Amelia the Airplane Balloon
Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation Fire Department
Fiesta Bowl Float
Normal West High School
Papa Murphy's AZ State Flag Balloon
Arizona High Bike Riders
I AM Ranch
APS Clown Troupe with the Avengers
Fort McDowell Fiesta Bowl Parade Chairman, Terry Ricketts
Cowgirl Historical Foundation
Sleep America Balloon
Alexis I. Dupont High School
Wickenburg Community Float
Granite Mountain Riders
Arizona Early Day Gas Engine & Tractor Association
Donate Life Balloon
AEF Arizona Teachers of the Year
Basha High School
Turf Equipment Source
Fort McDowell - Cradle Baby Balloon
United States Marshals Posse
Baxter the Bobcat
Farmers Insurance balloon
First Institutional Baptist Church Cheerleaders
Amador Valley High School
Fighter Country Partnership - American Flag Balloon
El Zaribah Shriners
Arizona Equine Rescue
Ford - Official Vehicle of the Parade
2013 FIESTA BOWL PARADE – 11 A.M. SATURDAY, DEC. 29
Phoenix Planned Major Street Restrictions - Updated Dec. 21
Fiesta Bowl Parade Route
The parade route will start at Montebello Avenue (North Phoenix Baptist Church) and proceed south on Central Avenue, east on Camelback Road, and south on Seventh Street to finish at Montecito Avenue (north of Indian School Road).
Bleacher Construction for the Fiesta Bowl Parade
Central Avenue from Bethany Home to Camelback Roads will be restricted from 6 a.m. on Wednesday, December 26, 2012 through 7 p.m. on Friday, December 28, 2012 to preset bleachers in advance of the parade.
The following time and lane restrictions will be in effect during this period:
• 6 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 26 to 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 28 – 2 lanes (one southbound and one northbound)
Street Restrictions and Closures for the Fiesta Bowl Parade:
Friday, Dec. 28:
• Central Avenue – Bethany Home to Camelback roads will be closed.
• Bethany Home Road – Central Avenue to Seventh Street will be restricted.
• Bethany Home Road – Central to Seventh avenues will be closed.
Saturday, December 29:
• Central Avenue – Glendale Avenue to Bethany Home Road will be closed.
• Bethany Home Road – Central Avenue to Seventh Street will be closed.
• Seventh Street – Camelback to Indian School roads will be closed.
• Camelback Road – Seventh Avenue to 16th Street will be closed.
• Seventh Street – Bethany Home to Camelback roads will be closed.
• Missouri Avenue – Seventh Avenue to Seventh Street will be closed.
Police officers will be on-site to assist with traffic control and business/resident access.
Street Re-openings for the Fiesta Bowl Parade:
At 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 29, the following streets will reopen to normal traffic:
• Central Avenue – Camelback to Indian School roads
• Camelback Road – Seventh Avenue to 16th Street
• Seventh Street – Bethany Home to Indian School roads
Central Avenue from Bethany Home to Camelback roads will open at 4 p.m. to restricted traffic to allow for bleacher removal. Central Avenue will open to normal traffic by 8 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012, following bleacher removal.
Drivers are encouraged to use alternate routes and allow for additional travel time during this period.