2009 Greeley Stampede 4th of July parade

On July 4th, 2009, the Rocky Mountain Golden Girls Baton Academy marched in the Greeley Stampede 4th of July parade.  Our group was formed less than 1 year ago, and yet, out of over 100 entries, the Golden Girls won the honor of “Best Overall Entry”!!  See the pictures below, and perhaps you’ll understand why the corps was awarded the top prize!

The parade began at 9:00a.m., and although the weather was very pleasant for mid-summer, the girls were exhausted after marching, dancing, and twirling for a little over 1.5 miles!

Our next parade is on Wednesday, July 29th at 6:30p.m. – the Larimer County Rodeo parade in downtown Loveland.  Come watch and cheer us on!

Here are some photos to bring a little patriotism to your day.  God Bless America!

Presenting the "Best in Parade"!

Nya, Brecken, and Stevie hang out before the parade starts

The girls enjoy hanging out with Andy, Ms. Yvonne's husband. The girls enjoy hanging out with Andy, Ms. Yvonne’s husband.
girls More hams gather around Andy when they hear that the pic will be on the website.
Okay, soooooo.... where's Andy now? Okay, soooooo…. what happened to Andy?
Claire, Sarah, Larissa, and Rachel are quick to pose while waiting for the parade to begin. Claire, Sarah, Larissa, and Rachel are quick to pose while waiting for the parade to begin.

Golden Girl moms Amy Smith, Lisa Carr, and Cheri Robbins were awesome helpers in the parade!

Ms. Yvonne with Morgan, Jordan, and Whitney. Ms. Yvonne with Morgan, Jordan, and Whitney.
Ms. Yvonne calls a drill down contest to warm up the girls.
Ms. Yvonne calls a drill down contest to warm up the girls.
Delanee and Carissa concentrate during their run-through in the line up area. Delanee and Carissa concentrate during their run-through in the line up area.

Olivia gives it her best even during warm up.

The Golden Girls begin the parade.  Denver Post photographer  (in black) took lots of pix!
The Golden Girls begin the parade. Denver Post photographer (in black) took lots of pix!

The juniors did well with their notably more difficult and longer routine!

The routine started out with a salute while the "Star Spangled Banner" played.  The Juniors salute in style.

The Juveniles group A had amazing energy throughout the parade.
The Juveniles group A had amazing energy throughout the parade.

What showmanship!  That's Juvenile leader Morgan, Claire, and Maggie.

Mariah's got serious "Fizz in her Pepsi"!

Chris and Kirk look studly as they push the music system!  Where are those smiles?
Golden Girl dads Chris and Kirk look studly as they push the music system! Where are those smiles?
The Juveniles group B, led by outstanding leader Emma.
The Juveniles group B, led by outstanding leader Emma.
Jordan Y. showing her patriotic spirit and energy.  "Happy 4th of July"!! Jordan Y. showing her patriotic spirit and energy. “Happy 4th of July”!! McKenzie, Sarah and the other Juveniles start off with a salute. McKenzie, Sarah and the other Juveniles start off with a salute. Beginner twirlers Amanda and Janessa. Beginner twirlers Amanda and Janessa. Emma M. adorable as ever! Emma M. adorable as ever!

Seriously, Janessa.... can you get any happier or cuter?

Brecken leads our awesome marchers...
Brecken leads our awesome marchers…
Kirsten and Stevie were 2 of our little marchers who stole the show.
Kirsten and Stevie were 2 of our little marchers who stole the show.
5 year old heart transplant recipient Julia marched the entire parade like a true Golden Girl! 5-year-old heart transplant recipient Julia marched the entire parade like a true Golden Girl! Carly, Olivia, and Lia strutting their stuff. Junior leader Carly strutting her stuff.  Olivia and Lia follow in style.

Banner carrier Megan truly looked patriotic.

Ms. Yvonne gives music cart pusher Chris orders (as she does so well!) Ms. Yvonne gives music cart pusher Chris orders (as she does so well!)
Great posture and pizzazz from the Juveniles!
Great posture and pizzazz from the Juveniles!

Way to sell it, Olivia and Jordan!

5-year-old Hannah was excited to be twirling for the first time in a parade.
5-year-old Hannah was excited to be twirling for the first time in a parade.
All of the younger groups love the "Ya de dah de dah" part! All of the younger groups love the “Ya de dah de dah” part!
Emma C. and Brooklyn definitely know how to turn on the charm!
Emma C. and Brooklyn definitely know how to turn on the charm!
The Juveniles group A just never let down.  From beginning to end, they gave it their all. The Juveniles group A just never let down. From beginning to end, they gave it their all. Beginner leader Amanda flashes a smile at the camera. Beginner leader Amanda flashes a smile at the camera. Brand new Golden Girls Brecken and Nya did a great job marching and smiling! Brand new Golden Girls Brecken and Nya did a great job marching and smiling! Beginners Anna and Emma were impressive. Beginners Anna and Emma M. were impressive.  Great free hand Anna!

Banner Carriers Megan and Larissa did a great job.

Emma C. shows why she was chosen to lead the Juveniles.  Uh, Emma, do we see why Ms. Yvonne keeps telling you to point those toes?!!!
Emma C. shows why she was chosen to lead the Juveniles. Uh, Emma, do we see why Ms. Yvonne keeps telling you to point those toes?!!!
Delanee's dad Chris shows a little "attitude". Delanee’s dad Chris shows a little “attitude”.

Cutie pie Mackenzie looks adorable in her Golden Girl uniform.

Whitney was SOOOOO excited for her first parade!  And Maddie was honored to be moved up to the Juvenile group for her 2nd parade...
Whitney was SOOOOO excited for her first parade! And Maddie was honored to be moved up to the Juvenile group for her 2nd parade…
Whitney gave it her all for her first parade!  Maddie, behind, was excited to move up to the Juvenile group for this parade.
Whitney and Maddie showing their style again!
Clapping down the street are Juniors Rachel and Brittany.
Clapping down the street are Juniors Rachel and Brittany.
Wow, Brooklyn and Zaire.  Great job! Wow, Brooklyn and Zaire. Great job!

Now, does posture get any better than that?  Great job Morgan and Claire!

Although she's dreaming of a snowcone about now, Juvenile Sarah keeps that smile going.

Beginners Amanda and Delanee.  This parade is cool!
Beginners Amanda and Delanee. This parade is cool!
Banner Carrier Larissa shines as the Juniors salute to the "Star Spangled Banner".
Banner Carrier Larissa shines as the Juniors pay respect to the national anthem.

Here's Jordan Y. again, twirling with flair!

Here's Lindsay.  What a doll! Here’s Lindsay. What a doll!
5-year-olds Janessa and Hannah worked the crowds the entire parade.
5-year-olds Janessa and Hannah worked the crowds the entire parade.
Good friends McKenzie and Mackenzie (Curly) love twirling! Good friends McKenzie and Mackenzie (aka “Curly”) love twirling!

 

Whitney, Maddie, and Maggie play their "flutes".
Whitney, Maddie, and Maggie play their “flutes”.

Wooo-hooo Claire!

How do Naomi and Olivia do that?!!!
How do Naomi and Olivia do that?!!!

Presenting Brooklyn and Jordan.  Hot!

Now that's a smile, Rachel!  Looking good Brittany!
Now that’s a smile, Rachel! Looking good Brittany!
Caitlan practiced very hard for this parade. Caitlan practiced very hard for this parade.

Anna and Emma stop twirling for a moment to wish everyone a Happy 4th!

Adria oozes with style. Adria oozes with style.
Whitney savours her water at the end of the parade.
Whitney savours her water at the end of the parade.
That was a long parade for little Carissa.  Mom's lap never felt so good!
That was a long parade for little Carissa. Mom’s lap never felt so good!

Golden Girl beauty Sarah is all smiles after twirling in her first parade with the Golden Girls!

Hannah wanted to march the parade route all over again!  Okay, maybe not, but she was still dosing out the smiles! Hannah wanted to march the parade route all over again! Okay, maybe not, but she was still dosing out the smiles!

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