LAS CRUCES — Get ready to celebrate a century. The Mesilla Valley New Mexico Centennial Parade will wind its way through historic parts of downtown Las Cruces at 11 a.m. Jan. 7.
“I think Las Cruces is going to love this. The parade really tells a story,” said parade committee chairwoman Dolores C. Archuleta.
The 100-minute, two-mile parade will devote about 10 minutes to each decade, commemorating 100 years of statehood and what it has meant to this part of the state, with cars, equipment, representations of people and events, people born, and groups formed in each decade. The end of the final decade (2002 to 2011) will pass over the same spots as the beginning of the first decade (1912 to 1921), ending in downtown Las Cruces. Those attending are encouraged to dress in period costumes.
The parade will stage, beginning at 9 a.m., at the Loretto Town Center, travel north on Church Street, left on the newly opened roundabout, onto Water Street south and back to the staging area. The reviewing stand will be in front of the old Las Cruces City Hall, 200 N. Church St.
Parade grand marshal will be actor Dale Liikala, portraying President William H. Taft with Las Crucen Judy Roscoe as first lady Nellie Taft.
Come early and park in downtown city parking lots, at District Court, 201 W. Picacho, Las Cruces Municipal Court, 135 E. Griggs Ave., near old or new city halls, and around the Downtown Mall, but be prepared to stay for the whole parade, as access will be restricted.
For more information, go to www.mvcentennial.org.
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