BULLHEAD CITY – For a decade now, one local resident has been a prominent fixture in the planning and organizing of the Christmas Boom Box Parade, an annual event held every December by the Colorado River Women’s Council. The parade will be held this year on Dec. 5 starting at 6 p.m. AZ time. CRWC board member, Cathy Stubblefield began helping with the parade as a committee member in 2001, but in 2004 when no one showed interest in taking the helm, she volunteered. “It was very overwhelming that first time, but it was exciting,” she said. But, Stubblefield credits the help of good friends Jan Ward and Patty Folston for helping with the instrumental planning of the Boom Box Parade over the years. “They helped me tremendously,” she said. “It can get very stressful at times because there is so much that goes into planning, but in the end it pays of when we see everyone having such an enjoyable time.” Close to a hundred entries decorated in all their Christmas glory are expected to parade down Hancock Road to Trane Avenue/Alona’s Way, while community residents line the sidewalks cheering them along the 2-mile route. Stubblefield said those wanting to walk in the parade are welcome to join once again. “We are very glad to have our walking parade participants back with us again,” she said. For many years, the parade was only open to participants with floats, but that changed in 2013 when the parade committee was able to add walkers back to the program. “It added much more to the parade. People and school groups got to enter and become part of a wonderful event the Colorado River Women’s Council puts on each year,” Stubblefield said. Registration is open to those interested in participating in this years parade. Entrants are asked to be at the staging area—off Gemstone Avenue and Langford Drive—at 3 p.m. AZ time. Anyone arriving early will be unable to participate, said Stubblefield. All participants must be signed in by 5 p.m. Entry fee’s are $50 for corporate/business with 50 or more employees; $25 for businesses with under 50 employees; and $10 for non-business or nonprofit groups. This year, proceeds will be donated to “Shop with a Cop”, a local non-profit organization that provide 100 underprivileged children in the Tri-state a shopping trip in December. The children are escorted by police officers from various agencies in the Colorado River region. The parade will commence at 6 p.m. and will be led by this years 2014 Grand Marshal, Karen Morris. Morris was selected as the Grand Marshal by the CRWC board earlier this year. She has been an active member in the community supporting the Colorado River Boy’s & Girl’s Club, We Care Cancer Support Center, Colorado River Women’s Council and more. “We chose her because she is always giving back to our community in anyway she can and without hesitation. We are very lucky to have her as part of our parade and as our Grand Marshal.” she added. After the parade, participants and spectators are invited to attend the annual Winter Festival at the Riverview Mall. There will be free entertainment, hot cocoa, popcorn, an appearance by jolly ole’ Saint Nick, and much more. For more information on the Boom Box Parade, or to register, visit www.coloradoriverwomenscouncil.org or contact Stubblefield at 928-758-0177 or 928-727-5173. She says her expertise in organization is what prompted her to take the helm and continue with the event every year. The parade will be televised for those unable to attend via KLBC TV2.
by CAT SMITH
Photos courtesy of Lisa Mass, of the Colorado River Women’s Council.
Students from Young Scholar’s Academy take part in the 2013 Boom Box Parade in Bullhead City. Walking groups are encouraged in the annual Christmas parade down Hancock Road.