Parade floats enliven Western Welcome Week

Posted 8/30/22

The Young Voices of Colorado parade float won first place in the club/civic/nonprofit category at Western Welcome Week’s 93rd annual Grand Parade in Littleton on Aug. 20. The young chorus members …

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Parade floats enliven Western Welcome Week

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The Young Voices of Colorado parade float won first place in the club/civic/nonprofit category at Western Welcome Week’s 93rd annual Grand Parade in Littleton on Aug. 20. The young chorus members were enthusiastically singing director Jena Dickey’s parody of “I Don’t Need Anything But You” from the musical “Annie” as they rolled along Main Street and charmed the judges. An inflated 42-inch beach ball with over 100 red Solo cups glued to it represented the dreaded COVID-19 on the front of the float, while a deflated version of the virus appeared on the back. O’ Toole’s Garden Center’s giant float, which wrapped up the parade, carrying Grand Marshal Chris Ibsen, the longtime store manager, won the Mayor’s Trophy, as well as the first place in business and professional floats. In the government category, the Arapahoe County commissioners’ float won first place. Cherry Creek High School’s marching band took first place in that category and the Westernaires were named best mounted group. Top marching group was the good-humored Colorado Center for the Blind group. Congratulations to all who paraded!

Botanic gardens events

Denver Botanic Gardens at 1007 York St., Denver, York Street holds its annual Fall Plant and Bulb Sale on Sept. 30 and Oct. 1, 9 a.m to 4 p.m. (Members admitted at 8 a.m. both days and get 10% off.) Free admission but advance reservation required. Tickets will not be available onsite for fall events. Advance tickets or reservations required. Also at York Street: “Glow in the Gardens” Oct. 18-23, 6-9:45 p.m.; “Ghosts in the Garden — Open Air Scare” Oct. 13-15 and 28-30; “Dia de los Muertos Festival” on Nov. 5 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Chatfield Farms, C-470 and Wadsworth, where the Pumpkin Festival approaches on Oct. 7-9. Ticket prices include access to the 10-acre pumpkin patch, corn maze and family and children’s activities. Food trucks, live music, local artisans and the corn maze invites you to get lost from Sept. 16 to Oct. 30, with a mini-maze for 10 and under and food vendors onsite. 8500 W. Deer Creek Canyon Road, Littleton, botanicgardens.org.

Theater tix

Denver Center for Performing Arts announced its play season: “The Chinese Lady” by Lloyd Suh, Sept 9-Oct. 16; “Much Ado About Nothing” by William Shakespeare, Sept. 30-Nov. 6; Hotter Than Egypt” by Yussef El Guindi, Feb 10-March 12; “Laughs in Spanish” by Alexis Scheer (world premiere) Jan. 27-March 12, 2023; “The Color Purple” by Marsha Norman, Feb. 10-March 12, 2023; “The 39 Steps” by Patrick Barlow, April 14 to June 18, 2023. See denvercenter.org.

Ballet Ariel

Ballet Ariel will present “Carnaval” in the Elaine Wolf Theater at the JCC’s Mizel Arts and Culture Center, 350 S. Dahlia St., Denver. Performances: 7:30p.m. Oct. 1, 3 p.m. Oct. 3. Also: 7 p.m. Oct. 6 at the PACE Center, 20000 Pikes Peak Ave., Parker and 3 p.m. Oct. 16 at Parsons Theatre, 1 E. Memorial Parkway, Northglenn. Matinee performances will be followed by a tea party reception where families can enjoy refreshments with costumed dancers. Tickets at balletariel.org, ranging from $20 to $30.

MCA

“The Dirty South: Contemporary Art, Material Culture and the Sonic Impulse” explores the aesthetic legacies and traditions of Black culture in the South, as seen through the lens of contemporary Black musical expression, at the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, 1485 Delgany St., Sept. 16, 2022 to Feb. 5, 2023. Will fill all three floors at MCAD. Ticketed. 303-298-7554, mcadenver.org.

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