More than 70 floats featured in Pioneer Days Parade

CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Brooke Reid, left, and Emile Reid ride a miniature horse-pulled carriage with the help of Harry Riser on Saturday during the 40th annual Pioneer Days Parade on Main Street. The miniature carriage and horses was a float with Southwestern Flavor, a riding group in Clovis.

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer

Despite near 100-degree weather in Clovis Saturday morning, Main Street was lined with spectators for the 40th annual Pioneer Days Parade.

The parade served as one of the final events in the week-long Pioneer Days celebration. Pioneer Days is intended to celebrate the people who founded Clovis more than 100 years ago.

Parade organizer John Montano, who has been the parade chairman for more than 20 years, said the parade was made up of 76 floats.

“We were worried about the heat,” Montano said. “But I think we did OK. With everything else that’s going on and the heat, I believe we had a good turnout.”

Tim Mudgett and his 4-year-old daughter Katie waited for all 76 floats and the street cleaners to pass before deciding to pack it up.

Mudgett said he has attended the parade for several years.

“It was nice. Everyone seemed to enjoy it,” he said.

Katie Mudgett nodded her head in agreement.

Alicia Sanchez, 20, attended the parade with her mom and siblings.

“It was pretty awesome I thought. It seemed bigger this year,” she said.

Sanchez said she’s attended the parade for as long as she can remember.

“It was hot but no way was it going to keep us away,” she said.

Pastor Scott Caldwell with New Life Assembly of God has been in the community for three weeks and he said he thought it was important for the church to participate.

“We want to let the community know how much we care about them,” he said.

The church’s two floats touted support for Cannon Air Force Base, complete with hanging aircraft, Clovis Municipal Schools and Wildcat athletics.

Caldwell said he will be preaching in line with the pioneer theme at the church’s Sunday service. If the service doesn’t draw in 200 people, Caldwell has agreed to stand on the church roof at 7 p.m. today and sing a song.

Service attendees are encouraged to wear a pioneer outfit or hat, boots and jeans.

“We’re out to support the community,” he said.