“The parade has been around for about 20 years, and I’ve been involved [as an organizer] for about seven,” Barrett told Boise Weekly. “I’ve been involved in floats in the parade since I was a kid. When I got older, I realized that I was interested in what the parade stands for… celebrating the freedoms we have here."
The 2015 edition of the parade will be centered on the theme “Everything Idaho” to celebrate Idaho’s 125th year of statehood.
“We’re celebrating what it means to be an Idahoan,” Barrett said. “We’re leaving how that is represented up to the creativity of the individuals who have entered. I’m excited to see whatever they can come up with to represent Idaho.”
The parade has been organized by a group of volunteers looking to celebrate America’s heritage- Idaho’s in particular. Barrett told BW that he expects anywhere from 7,000 to 10,000 spectators and approximately sixty entries, whether they’re floats, walking groups, or something in between. The end of the parade, always with a favorite with the kids, will feature a huge hose to cool off spectators (yes, the temperature is expected to approach 100 degrees again).
The parade will be held on Saturday, July 4 and will start at 11 a.m. It is expected to last just over an hour.
“I want the participants to really represent Idaho’s history and what makes us great,” Barrett said. “Whether they choose to do that through a political display or something else entirely is completely up to them.”
For many Americans, Independence Day brings up thoughts of fireworks, parades, and freedom; and Josiah Barrett, organizer of Boise's annual We the People 4th of July Celebration, wanted to epitomize just that.