2020 Gilbert Days Parade, runs go virtual

Gilbert Days Parade
Floats will be downsized to shoeboxes for the 2020 Gilbert Days Parade. (Courtesy Town of Gilbert)

Floats will be downsized to shoeboxes for the 2020 Gilbert Days Parade. (Courtesy Town of Gilbert)

The Gilbert Days Parade as well as its half-marathon and 10K runs will be held virtually for this year Nov. 21.

The town has added a concert and a dance showcase at Gilbert Regional Park, though participation is limited through registrations. But the annual rodeo is scheduled to continue as planned.

Gilbert Days is the town’s annual celebration of its heritage.

For the parade, the town is inviting people and businesses to enter a “shoebox parade” with shoebox floats decorated in one of four themes: Celebrating our Heroes of the Front Lines, Gilbert Centennial Celebration, School Spirit or Commercial.

Five finalists will be selected for each theme in different ages and abilities categories, and winners will be chosen in a public vote.

Interested parties can visit www.gilbertaz.gov/GilbertDays to see a list of prizes and instructions on how to participate.

The half-marathon and 10K runs, which normally finish alongside the parade, will be held virtually this year at a reduced rate of $30 for either race. Those who previously registered before the reduction can receive a partial refund or defer their entry to 2021. Details are available at https://gilberthalfmarathon.org,

The 2020 event will also include a concert featuring Matt Farris at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 20 and a dance showcase for local dance groups running 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 21. Both events will take place at the the Gilbert Regional Park amphitheater. Registration is required, and physical distancing circles will be in place.

Information on the rodeo Nov. 19-22 at the John Volken Academy, 26601 S. Val Vista Drive, Gilbert, and the annual Pony Express Ride Nov. 13-14 is available at https://gilbertdays.org.
By Tom Blodgett

Editor, Gilbert

Raised in Arizona, Tom Blodgett has spent more than 30 years in journalism in Arizona and joined Community Impact Newspaper in July 2018 to launch the Gilbert edition. He is a graduate of Arizona State University, where he served as an instructional professional in the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication from 2005-19 and remains editorial adviser to The State Press, the university's independent student media outlet.