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2 With SRPMIC Ties Take Top Prizes in NARD Parade

The SRES chorus took first place in the schools division. The students sang the Red Mountain Song, Monsoon Song and Quail Dance in O’Odham with the parade theme in mind, “Keeping Native Language and Dance Alive.” Submitted by Suzanne Decker

Two entries in the Native American Connections Parade in Phoenix came back to the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community with the top prize.

Salt River Senior Services and the Salt River Elementary School Chorus each captured first place in their respective categories at the October 8 parade.

The annual parade, in its 34th year, is part of Native American Recognition Days. This year’s parade theme was “Keeping Native Dances and Languages Alive.” The parade lasted about two hours and traveled along Third Street, north of downtown Phoenix. It started at Oak Street and ended at Steele Indian School Park.

Five of the six parade competition categories were judged. Salt River Senior Services took the “Commercial” category and the Salt River Elementary Chorus placed first in the “Schools” category.

Lehi Pride, the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Scottsdale received Honorable Mention in the “Nonprofit Organization” category. Red Mountain Eagle Powwow Princess Ky-Mani Harney and First Attendant Kennise McGertt received Honorable Mention in the “Performance” category.

The Maricopa Community Colleges Native American Clubs were the 2016 parade Grand Marshal.

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