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35th Annual Native American Connections Parade in Phoenix

Salt River Senior Steppers dance their way through the parade.

“The Colors of Nature’s Beauty” was the theme of this year’s Native American Connections (NAC) parade held on Saturday, October 14, in downtown Phoenix.

The parade route went northward along Third Street from Oak Street to Steele Indian School Park.

The grand marshal of this year’s parade was the Native PFLAG (Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) Phoenix Chapter, and the junior grand marshal was 13-year-old Kelly Haven (Navajo) from Fort Defiance, a 2017 Scripps National Spelling Bee competitor.

This year the parade had 56 entries, many of which were from the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community. Those participating included SRPMIC President Delbert W. Ray Sr., Council member David Antone, the Salt River Senior Steppers, Salt River Royalty, and members of the Boys and Girls Club Red Mountain and Lehi branches.

After the parade, everyone was invited to attend the grand opening of the Phoenix Indian School Visitors Center at Steele Indian School Park.

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