The Fiesta Bowl Parade celebrated 95 years of Arizona statehood with thematic displays on Saturday morning in Phoenix.
The parade, which began at Central Avenue and Bethany Home Road and finished at Seventh Street and Camelback Road, featured cowboys, country music and oversized sun and cactus balloons as a homage to Arizona.
Phoenix Suns cheerleaders and a large inflated Suns gorilla were also in the procession with the gorilla mascot.
An Arizona Twirling Athletes float drove by with dozens of baton twirlers on foot dressed in red, white, and blue.
A group of about 30 dancers from Jeanne’s Power Force Dancers of East Mesa also took part in the parade.
Scott Starrett, who lives down the street from the parade route, came an hour early to get good seats for his family.
An annual frequenter of the Fiesta Bowl Parade, he said he particularly enjoyed this year’s theme.
“I think they represent the history of the state really well,” said Starrett. “It’s interesting to watch (Arizona) grow, and how it still maintains its heritage.”
Kim MacEachern, who also lives in close proximity, enjoys sitting at the start of the parade to watch how everything is organized.
MacEachern expressed disappointment with the lack of sizable floats this year in comparison to previous Fiesta Bowl parades.
“They used to do these big flowery floats, and now it’s big goofy balloons,” MacEachern said. “There were no elaborate floats at all.”