The award winners of the 2012 Mandan Independence Day Parade have been determine by the parade award committee.
Jamie Vetter, chairperson of the awards committee, said that judging took place in four categories:
Most Creative, Most Unusual, Historical and Parade Theme. A traveling trophy called “The Northern” is also awarded to the overall winner.
The following are the category winners:
Historical – United Tribes Technical College.
Most Creative – Butcher Block.
Theme – Independent Beef Association of North Dakota
Most Unusual – North Dakota MUFON.
The recipient of The Northern for Best Overall was Vietnam Vets / Legacy Vets Motorcycle Club and 2nd Brigade Motorcycle Club.
An awards presentation will be held at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 17, at Dykshoorn Park.
Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to another year of the Mandan's historic Independence Day Parade and Street Festival. For the past four years, we have had the pleasure of producing the Gazette, a publication that helps provide information about the parade, events, and culture of Mandan.
The Mandan Parade Gazette is available now at local stores throughout the Bismarck Mandan area. You can also review it online now when you click the link below! Featured in this year's Gazette are stories such as: the history of the parade, Mandan's nomination for most patriotic town in America, and an attempt at the longest YMCA dance. So, have a safe and wonderful Fourth of July. Dont forget to scan the QR code with your smart phone during the parade to get a complete parade listing of the floats.
The Mandan Independence Day Parade & Street Festival will attempt to set a record for the World Longest YMCA Dance. The attempt will take place at 10:00 a.m. on July 4th, 2012 on Main Street in Mandan, North Dakota. Parade co-chairs Dennis Friesz and Marlo Anderson stated that the committee will be ready to assist participants along Mandan's Main Street. The committee is also prepared to use "the strip" which intersects west Main Street in the event more space is needed.
"Y.M.C.A." is a song recorded by American group Village People. It was released in 1978 as the only single from the album Cruisin'. The song reached No. 2 on the U.S. charts in early 1979 and reached No.1 in the UK around the same time, becoming the group's biggest hit. It is one of the fewer than thirty all-time singles to have sold 10 million (or more) copies worldwide.
Mandan set a record for the world's longest chicken dance on July 4th, 2010. The World Record Academy officially verified the record on July 23, 2010. The chicken dance spanned 24 city blocks with a distance of 1.623 miles.
Mandan also set a record for the world's largest "Twist" on July 4th, 2011.