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Responders To Be Honored During Colorado Parade of Thanks

Responders To Be Honored During Colorado Parade of Thanks

The Denver Post via YellowBrix

September 19, 2010

FOURMILE CANYON, CO – A barefoot violinist, Malcolm Watson, will lead a firefighter appreciation parade with other grateful local residents today in Boulder.

Watson lives in Fourmile Canyon and is one evacuee who was able to return to a standing home after the recent wildfire there.

The parade will start on Pearl Street and 16th Street and travel a mile east to Folsom Street.

At 2 p.m., Watson will lead the parade of firefighters representing nearly all the mountain fire divisions that worked on the Fourmile fire, including Sunshine Canyon Fire Protection District, Boulder Rural Fire Department and Gilpin firefighters.

The firefighters will be followed by a Samba marching band, a rock ‘n’ roll choir, and Boulder High School’s marching band.

Alexia Parks organized the parade in just a week’s time, thanks to tons of support, she said.

“Everything began to fall into place, at a red-hot pace,” Parks said.

After Parks was able to secure the parade route, word about the parade spread through Facebook and Twitter.

Schools started having students making art and posters to display at the parade.

“It’s therapeutic is one reason, especially with younger children,” Parks said. “It’s a way for them to process having been evacuated and, for some, losing their home.”

Parks said she quickly found that she is not alone in thinking firefighters did an amazing job.

“I had a couple tell me, ‘We just want to hug a fireman,’ " Parks said.

The parade will be part of Boulder’s Green Street day in which a mile-long stretch of streets will be closed for an entire day to encourage healthy and active community living.

Visit the event’s website at for more information.