Future of Poway Days Parade in doubt

By Steve Dreyer

The Poway Days Parade, a 48-year civic tradition, will have reached the end of the line unless someone agrees soon to run it this year.

The Poway High School Emerald Brigade performing in last year's parade.

The position of parade chairman is vacant with Sabrina Butler’s recent decision to step down after four years. She says that none of her experienced committee members are willing to take over for her and that the Poway Chamber of Commerce has declined to participate.

Butler heads the Poway Community Association, which was formed in 2009 to run the parade after the Poway Chamber of Commerce withdrew staffing support and the City Council was considering ending the longtime tradition.

In Butler’s opinion, a parade chairman must be found soon if the planned Sept. 14 event is to happen.

For the past 48 years the parade has kicked off several weeks of Poway Days events. The parade draws about 100 entries, including local high school marching bands, floats, civic organizations and youth groups. Sponsorships are solicited to underwrite parade costs. Butler said that Walmart has pledged $5,000 for the 2013 parade.

City Councilman Jim Cunningham said that he thought he had a candidate lined up to chair the parade but that the individual decided not to assume the post.

For more information, contact Butler at powayparade@gmail.com.

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7 Comments for “Future of Poway Days Parade in doubt”

  1. Chris cruse

    Instead of giving the PCofC another $10,000 next Tuesday, maybe the city should keep the money and use it to fund the parade themselves.

    • Easop

      Good Idea but it would cost a lot more than $10,000 to fund it. How about public donations? I'll donate the first $100 to help keep this tradition going.

  2. Joe St. Lucas

    After reading the article about the Poway budget, it seems like the city is fat w. money and can afford to again co-sponsor the parade. It's a shame that the chamber doesn't want to get involved again.

  3. Jody Campillo

    Our fine city runs deep with traditions and the Parade is one of these traditions that would be sad to see go away. I hope the City of Poway will step in and offer funding and/or leadership to keep this tradition alive. Way to go WALMART for starting the ball rolling with their donation. I am ready to roll up my sleeves and help… whose with me?

  4. Gary

    I emailed Sabrina with a possible solution two day ago and have not heard from her…things must be ok, I guess.

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