Spring is here and it is time to celebrate the 128th blooming of the Tombstone Rose Tree with a parade and festival is a great way to welcome the season. The Lady Banksia Rose arrived from Scotland in 1885 as a gift for a homesick bride. The cutting grew into the World’s Largest Rose bush now boasting 9,000 square feet of foliage with millions of blossoms.
The 2013 Tombstone Rose Festival will show off the “softer side of Tombstone history” on April 5 – 7. The Festival will kick off on Friday evening at 6 p.m. with the Tombstone Vigilettes crowning the Rose Queen & her Court under the Rose Tree.
Saturday activities kick off at 7 a.m. with a pancake breakfast followed by an old fashioned lunch box/gift basket auction and the ROSE PARADE. Street entertainment will include Mariachi, Folkloric & Kidz performing on the street. There will be a Square Dance performance & other activities in the city park. The Tombstone Restoration Commission will host a Round Table Discussion with Tombstone residents who are descendants of pioneer families. The day will be topped of with the Tombstone Vigilettes Variety Show in Historic Schieffelin Hall at 7 p.m.
Sunday will feature a pet parade sponsored by the Tombstone Small Animal Shelter, Folkloric & other dances. Stay tuned for additional activities. It promises to be a fun filled weekend for the whole family. The public is invited to participate in all of the activities. For more information call the Rose Tree Museum at (520) 457-3326, email Rose_Festival@msn.com or go to www.tombstonechamber.com or www.tombstoneweb.com.
A great way to participate is to join the Rose Parade! Everyone – organizations, families, businesses, youth groups, churches, etc. - is encouraged to get adventurous. Plan a float, ride a bike or horse, walk with friends or your pet and parade down Historic Allen Street. The theme is roses so whatever your entry, be sure to include some. Pin a rose on your sleeve or in your hair or carry a bouquet.
Entry forms are available at the Rose Tree Museum or you can call (520) 457-3326 or email Rose_Festival@msn.com and one will be mailed to you. The parade kicks off at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 6. Also, you and your pet can join the Pet Parade which begins at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 7. For Pet Parade information call Cynthia at (520) 266-9317 or email email@example.com. Spread the word to your friends. The more the merrier!