Olympic parade set for Saturday
April 4, 2014
Yes, the Olympics concluded a month and a half ago. But, when you consider that many of the athletes had media tours, World Cup seasons to finish, video shoots to do in Austria, trips to Bosnia, a visit with President Obama at the White House and various other post-Olympic activities to attend, getting all the hometown Olympians in one place on the same day is a small miracle.
That day is Saturday, when 18 Olympians and two Paralympians will be in Park City for a celebration parade. Beginning on upper Main Street at 1 p.m., the day’s festivities will run until 5 p.m., concluding at the Town Lift Plaza on lower Main.
Hosted by the Youth Sports Alliance, the event will feature a parade, fireworks, a speech from Park City mayor Jack Thomas, autographs and children’s activities.
YSA executive director Aimee Preston said this parade has been in the works for a long time now.
"For us, when the Olympics were coming up, we knew right away we had several athletes from this community that were going to be competing," she said. "We ended up with a list of 64 athletes. At that point, we knew we wanted to be celebrating that when they got home."
And, with so many of the athletes getting their starts in Park City, it made sense to have a big celebration.
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"Eighteen of those athletes came from our Youth Sports Alliance teams and three of them are coaches of our teams," Preston said.
Funding for the parade wasn’t a problem, Preston added, as many donors throughout the community emerged to make sure the event took place and the Park City athletes were appropriately celebrated.
"We’ve had an outpouring from the community and businesses wanting to support this," she said, adding, "We’re a nonprofit and don’t have the budget to put on a big event like this, but the community stepped up and helped. It really was a collaboration with the city, the county, the Park City Chamber/Bureau, the National Ability Center and the Utah Olympic Legacy Foundation."
Gold medalists Ted Ligety, Joss Christensen and Sage Kotsenburg will headline the parade. Double bronze medalist Steven Holcomb will also attend, along with many other hometown Olympians and Paralympians. Stein Eriksen, a 1952 Olympic gold medalist, will serve as the parade’s grand marshal.
Due to limited parking on Main Street, use of public transportation is encouraged.