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4:03 AM Tue, Sept. 25th

4th of July Kiddie Parade pays tribute to Hotshots

Les Stukenberg/The Daily Courier<br>Relatives of the fallen firefighters honor the men from the Granite Mountain Hotshots during the 72nd annual Kiwanis Kiddie Parade on Cortez Street in Prescott Friday morning.

Les Stukenberg/The Daily Courier<br>Relatives of the fallen firefighters honor the men from the Granite Mountain Hotshots during the 72nd annual Kiwanis Kiddie Parade on Cortez Street in Prescott Friday morning.

Among the children dressed in red, white and blue for the 72nd annual Kiwanis Kiddie Parade, were many wearing bandannas with the number 19 on them honoring the Granite Mountain Hotshots who died while fighting the Yarnell Hill Fire on June 30.

On the back of his bandito costume, Brendin Ogg wore such a bandanna.

"It's for my cousin's daddy (Travis Carter)," Brendin said.

Allyson and Kilee Barney rode in a float made to look like the hotshots buggy.

"It's for the firefighters who died for us," said Kyle Dunbar, who was dressed a firefighter and carried several flags.

Jake Reyes-Kett, dressed as a cowboy, said the best thing about the parade was "being on the bull ride."

"We flipped over the helicopter float he rode from last year and made it into a bull," Anna Reyes-Kett said. "With everything that's happened, we added the 19 flags to dedicate it to the Granite Mountain Hotshots."

Prescott Mayor Marlin Kuykendall thanked families for being there for this most important event, invited family members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots to join him on the courthouse steps and hugged Juliann Ashcraft as she stood there with her four children.

More than 500 children marched in the parade sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Prescott.

More children take part in the parade each year, and "this is our way to say thank you to the community for their support during the auction," said Kathleen Gillis, publicity chair for the Kiwanis Club of Prescott.

Justin Barrios said he liked dressing up as a bandito, while Sariaha Shepard was dressed as a seniorita.

"Generation after generation we've all had to do this, so we said get suited up, because we've been doing this since 1953," Mike Shepard said. "I'm 60 and I did this."

Seven cousins dressed as firecrackers chanted "Firecracker, firecracker bish, boom, bang."

Mae Sanchez drove an ice cream truck float made from cardboard boxes in the parade that played music.

Members of the Prescott High School Band played The Battle Hymn of the Republic, and later in the parade YEI's Drum Corps performed while children with Prescott YMCA, Boys and Girls Clubs, and American Lutheran Church marched.

Boy Scout Pack 7006 Honor Guard led the parade, and Cub Scout Pack 6 held the signs for each category in the parade.

Karen and Ron Halford said they came to watch their grandchildren take part in the parade and take a video.

"This is their first year, they're just big enough to do it this year," Karen said.

Jaycee Thompson and Miles Tompkins dressed as fireworks, while Max Stepaniuk was a superhero.

Gabby Venezia dressed as Betsy Ross, while Jack Venezia was a founding father.

Bob and Virginia Miner said their great grandchild was in the parade.

"The kids are so cute, and they're having such a good time," Virginia said.