Event organizers announced the parade category winners of the Vail America Days™ parade following the parade which took place from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. today within Vail Village and Lionshead Village. There were a wide variety of new participating groups this year and the high quality and uniqueness of the floats made it exciting for the judges and guests to enjoy the Spirit of America themed parade.
The Vail America Days parade was proud to welcome this year’s Parade Grand Marshals: Vi and Byron Brown who certainly exude the Spirit of America, which was the theme for the 2016 Vail America Days Parade. Vi and Byron Brown have been a part of the Vail community for over 50 years and continue their engagement this Independence Day, as Vail America Days™ Parade Marshals for 2016. They are a quintessential Vail couple, with a fantastic ‘how we met on the slopes’ story. They have been involved in the development of the Town of Vail in many ways, from building and living in the first house in West Vail, to fundraising for local education, construction and other nonprofit organizations, and also helping to bring the 1989 Alpine Ski World Championships to Vail. Vi and Byron played crucial roles in both the expansion of the Eagle Valley Community Fund as well as the advancement and success of Ski Club Vail. Their son Mike Brown was the first Vail athlete to join the U.S. Ski Team, and has recently been inducted to the Colorado Ski Hall of Fame. Entrenched in Vail’s history, this distinguished couple represents the spirit of Vail, a true love for skiing and the culture surrounding the sport.
WINNERS AS PRESENTED BY GALLEGOS CORPORATION
VAIL MOUNTAINEER HOCKEY CLUB
Most Distinctive, The Gerald Gallegos Award
A Vail Local non-profit youth hockey program for girls and boys, teaches hockey and life skills in a fun and exciting sport. This group was beaming with pride and thoughtfully embraced the Spirit of America theme.
ALPINE ARTS CENTER
Alpine Arts Center’s parade float was designed by a group of talented young artist during camp this week. They made everything from scratch, from the beach scene to their t-shirts and costumes, in honor of the spirit of America. They were “surfin’ in the USA to celebrate America’s birthday.
Best in Show
The Gallegos Corporation, longtime partner of Vail America Days, took this category. They partnered with the Vail Veterans Program to raise awareness for their very important mission and portrayed the float’s motto, “thanks to our veterans, we are free to build America.” Many employees of Gallegos Corporation and their families as well as graduates and board members from the Vail Veterans Program accompanied the Gallegos Float this year. There were more than forty volunteers supporting the participation of Gallegos Corporation in Vail America Days this year.
BATTLE MOUNTAIN DANCE TEAM
The Battle Mountain High School Dance Team brought the spirit, along with their junior dancers, to Vail America Days.
COUNTRY CLUB OF THE ROCKIES
At the Vail America Days Parade, Country Club of the Rockies, in true spirit of America fashion, honored Sandy Treat and the 10th Mountain Division of the United States Army fort their service in retaining our freedom. They were also joined by Mickey Poage playing tunes on the piano.
Promoting the spirit of America, was the Weitz company, builders of the Sonnenalp, Solaris and the New Castle Peak Senior Care Community in Eagle.
MONTBELLO DRUMLINE AND CHEER TEAM
From Denver, Colorado, the Montebello Drumline and Cheer Team joined the Vail America Days Parade. The award winning drumline was started in 2003 and is the pride of Montbello and Denver public schools. They practice countless hours through the school year and summer to keep this honor.
ABOUT GALLEGOS CORPORATION AND THE VAIL AMERICA DAYS PARADE
Gallegos Corporation has a 45+-year history of supporting the community through countless philanthropic efforts and by being an integral part of traditions such as Vail America Days, which the community holds dear. This year, the Gallegos Corporation had more than 40 volunteers supporting their tradition as part of Vail America Days to carry on the legacy of Gerald Gallegos. They were raising funds for Vail Veterans Program, once again, while keeping guests quenched with water.
Gallegos has supported the Vail America Days parade and provided the awards for the floats for the past 20+ years. The parade awards are beautiful year after year. This year, parade awards were designed and created by Gallegos employees and brothers Mike and Dennis Hollie and were custom crafted in the Gallegos Marble Shop.
MORE INFORMATION: For more information and a full listing of events visit www.VailAmericaDays.com or call HIGHLINE at 970-476-6797 x712.
Vail America Days is presented by Town of Vail, Volvo, Supergoop! and Gallegos Corporation and is sponsored in part by KZYR The Zephyr.