At 10 a.m. Saturday, the Pueblo City-County Library District's Summer Reading Program will come to a colorful and spirited close with a youthful march down Abriendo Avenue.

The Kids Parade, which for more than 55 years was tied to the Colorado State Fair, will once again see the Mesa Junction filled with a bevy of little ones proceeding under the cosmic theme "A Universe of Stories," the motif for the summer reading program.

In 2017, the library district was approached by the Mesa Junction Association to take over the Kids Parade and a year later did so.

This year's entries include: Amiah Fields; Juliet and Nicholas ready for takeoff; Connie’s School of Dance; Christina, Christian and Michael family; The Howard Feliciano Ohana; Dragon Dojo; The Seley kids; Katie Beeby and kids; Pueblo Parks and Recreation; Sarah Shaw Dance Studio; Miss Pueblo County Scholarship Pageant; Pueblo Children’s Chorale; Project Dojo; YMCA of Pueblo; Rocky Mountain PBS; Jeannie’s Academy of Dance; Juneteenth Organization of Pueblo; Sangre de Cristo Dental Care; St. Therese Catholic School; Halfway Home of Pueblo; Pueblo Catholic Charities HIPPY; Lorrie Gonzalez Torres: autism awareness; Pueblo Rocks!; Pueblo WIC Office; library district; Pueblo County Sheriff's Office; Grupo Folklorico del Pueblo; Wesley United Methodist Church; and Ascendance Dance Studio.

Trophies will be awarded to the best small, medium and large groups, as well as for best costumes, overall workmanship, choreography, use of music, use of color/props, comedy/humorous entry, dramatic entry, most creative space costume, most spirited group, and most original and best overall parade entries.

Along with Walker, Dustin Hodge (library board of trustees) and District Attorney Jeff Chostner will serve as judges, with Derek Townley serving as emcee. Erik Segall of the Mesa Junction Association helped organize the parade.

This year's sponsors include: A-1 Barricade and Sign Inc.; Pueblo Police Department; Rocky Mountain PBS; Colorado State Fair; Pueblo Ice Arena; Sangre de Cristo Arts and Conference Center; Buell Children's Museum; Pueblo Parks and Recreation; YMCA of Pueblo; Applebee's; Cold Stone Creamery; Little Caesars Pizza; Optimist Club of Pueblo; Kiwanis International; Geared Up Auto Care; Solid Earth Civil Constructors; Inc., HUB International; and RP Home Inspections.

In a new offering, a free post-parade party will take place at 10:30 a.m. in Grome Park, on Abriendo Avenue between King and Jewell avenues. There will be crafts, games, a bounce house and more, with the public invited.

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