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Parade Entry Award Winners
Congratulations to our 2019 Parade Award Winners



2019 James P. Eakins Memorial Award

Congratulations Ronnie Nelson Baked Batata Productions

The history of this prestigious award is a noteworthy memorial to our parade founder, Jim Eakins. The story starts on March 17th, 1961 with Jim and two friends, Poki Marenzino and Red Fenwick marching around the block with an Irish Flag from Sullivan’s Bar in Denver.  Among his many accolades, Jim served our nation as a naval officer, served as past commander of the American Legion, was the Director of the Interstate Compact and had a long career in Probation and Parole for the State of Colorado. He developed solid friendships over the years in the military and in the local, state and federal government. At the urging of Poki and Red, he optimized his professional connections and organized the first parade committee and was named Parade Chairman. The first parade marched on March 17th, 1962 and was a delight to the audience and was recognized by the city as the beginning of a great tradition in Denver. We honor Jim Eakins memory by awarding the Best of Parade Award to Baked Batata Productions.


2019 Winners By Category:

Animals - Lifeline Puppy Rescue

Commercial Float - Elitch Gardens

Dancers - Wick School of Irish Dance

Fraternal/Sorority/Cultural Organizations - Sons and Daughters of the Southside Irish

Marching Band - Colorado School of Mines Marching Band

Media - Alice 105.9

Military/Fire/Police - Broomfield Detachment & Mountain View Young Marines

Non-Commercial Float - Colorado Parrot Head Club

Pipe Band - Colorado Emerald Society Pipe Band

Spirits and Brews - Breckenridge Brewery

Vehicles - Mile High Jeep Club of Colorado

Congratulations to all of the winners!