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Avondale Announces Billy Moore Days Parade Grand Marshall, Junior Grand Marshall

Two deserving individuals, selected by the Billy Moore Days Planning Committee, will be honored in the parade on Oct. 19, 2019.
Post Date:09/19/2019

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Avondale Announces Billy Moore Days Parade Grand Marshall, Junior Grand Marshall

Avondale is proud to announce this year's Billy Moore Days Parade Grand Marshall, and Junior Grand Marshall. Two deserving individuals, selected by the Billy Moore Days Planning Committee, will be honored in the parade on Oct. 19, 2019.  The honors go to Bea Garcia and Alicia Casanova.

“Both these individuals represent the spirit of Avondale, and are being recognized for what they bring to the community,” said Kirk Haines, Avondale’s Parks & Recreation director.

Bea Garcia will serve as the Grand Marshall of the 2019 Parade. Bea is the matriarch of the Garcia family, one of Avondale’s long time families, owners of the local grocers Garcia’s Market on Main Street, which is today a neighborhood Food City.  Bea, an Arizona native, was born in Prescott, but re-located to the Valley when she was young, from the mining town of Jerome after the mines in which her father worked closed down. She enrolled in beauty school in Phoenix and became a beautician by trade.   She met her husband, Sam Garcia, while he was in business school, and they married, had four children and set roots in Avondale, where her husband’s parents owned the only local grocery store.  Sam and Bea carried on the legacy of running the grocery store.  For years Bea and Sam were known for caring, active leaders in the community. They organized toy and food drives and were contributing members of many local organizations, volunteered in the schools, PTA and the church. In recognition of Sam Garcia’s many contributions to the local community, the City named its Western Avenue library branch after him.  Sam Garcia passed away in 2008, but Bea keeps strong the generous spirit of her husband and her family legacy alive, and she is still an active, contributing member in the community.

Alicia Casanova, a student at Agua Fria High School, will be this year's Junior Grand Marshall. Alicia is a Junior, who has a embraced the spirit of giving back to the community.  She regularly volunteers with Phoenix Children's Hospital as a coordinator for volunteers during conferences.  She also is the Southwest Valley Region Director for March for Our Lives.  Her teacher nomination stated that she is socially aware and is always willing to offer her help.  On campus, she headed up the Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) week last year on campus and did a phenomenal job educating students about dangers that all teenagers face.  She now serves as HOSA president on campus.  Her future is bright as a leader, according to those who nominated her for this honor.

These two Grand Marshalls will ride on a float at the start of the parade.   Billy Moore Days dates back to 1954 and celebrates the history of the area with a weekend festival, parade and carnival. It is named for the pioneer who established a stage stop, general store, and saloon in a place called Coldwater, which later became Avondale, Arizona.

There’s still time to submit a parade entry! Whether it’s float, specialty vehicle, horse entries, marching unit, motorcycle, or marching band, school groups, civic and neighborhood organizations, dance troupes, and businesses are all welcome to participate in the parade and add to the pageantry of this event.

The Billy Moore Days Parade takes place at 9 a.m. Saturday, October 19 on Western Avenue in Historic Avondale, starting at Litchfield Road, and ending just west of Dysart Road. For more information and to get involved, visit www.billymooredays.com, or call 623-333-2400.

 

 Alicia CasanovaBea Garcia

 

 


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