OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – A grand parade unlike any other in the world will celebrate the opening of the 33rd Red Earth Festival. The streets of downtown Oklahoma City will vibrate in Native American tribal spirit during the Red Earth Parade as hundreds of participants in authentic tribal regalia participate in what has been referred to as America’s most unique parade. Gary Batton, Chief of the Choctaw Nation, will serve as Grand Marshal and will lead over 100 entries scheduled to participate.
The Red Earth Parade has a new date and a new route that travels past two well-known Oklahoma City landmarks – Civic Center Music Hall and City Hall. The parade begins at 10 am Saturday, June 8 and travels a new route south from NW 6th Street on Walker Ave to Sheridan Ave. Spectators are encouraged to arrive early for good seats as the parade celebrates Red Earth Festival Art Market and PowWow at the Cox Convention Center.
In previous years, the Red Earth Parade has featured more than 100 colorful entries while thousands lined the streets to experience the colorful event. The parade is free to the public and free for participants.
Participants may include but are not limited to Tribal leaders and princesses, color guards, dancers, musical groups, marching bands, school groups, drum groups, mounted entries and community organizations.
Admission to the 33rd Annual Red Earth Festival, scheduled June 7-10 is $15 for adults. All children 18 and under are admitted free.
Red Earth is an Allied Arts member agency and is funded in part by the Chickasaw Nation, Choctaw Nation, Oklahoma Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts..
For Red Earth Festival parade applications or additional information visit www.redearth.org or call (405) 427-5228.