Tale of Two Cities Parade & Festival





Thank you to everyone who participated in 2017 Tale of Two Cities Parade & Festival last weekend!

We had so many wonderful entries in the parade. Congratulations to the four organizations who won awards for their entries:

Best Overall Appearance: Cuardra Espinoza Cabalgando por Arizona
Most Entertaining: Tolleson Elementary Marching Band
Best Adaptation to the Theme: United States Submarine Veterans
Best Band Performance: Agua Fria HS Marching Band

We hope to see you all again at Tale of Two Cities 2018!!






AzTEC_winnerEveryone loves a parade!  And this parade is one of the best, winning the prestigious event industry AzTEC Awards for 2015 Outstanding Event of the Year!  Join the fun and show your community spirit by partnering with the Cities of Avondale and Goodyear, as they kick off the 5th annual Tale of Two Cities Parade & Festival.

The Parade and Festival is an International Celebration highlighting cultures from around the world.  This is a family-friendly, community event.  Activities will include live entertainment, cultural demonstrations, kids activities, crafts, food, shopping and a Arizona Flag balloonNaturalization Ceremony!  Showcase your partnership with the community and promote your business by sponsoring this much anticipated yearly event.


Date of event:      NEW DATE: February 4, 2017 – Saturday

Naturalization Ceremony:    9:00 a.m.

Parade Start:       10:30 a.m.

Festival:                  12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Attendance:          8,000+





Estrella Mountain Community College
3000 N Dysart Rd, Avondale, AZ 85392

Parade Route:

Begins at Goodyear Community Park,  travel East on Thomas Rd. to the end in the parking lot of Estrella Mountain Community College.


Parking is available at:
– Estrella Mountain Community College (3000 N. Dysart Rd. Avondale, AZ  85392)
– Palm Valley Elembentary School (2801 N 135th Ave, Goodyear, AZ 85395, Enter off Plam Valley Dr.)
– St. Thomas Church.  (13720 W Thomas Rd, Avondale, AZ 85392, Enter from Indian School and 137th Ave)










    Str8up  1:30 pm – 3:00 pm – Main Stagestr8up
    25 Years of Str8Up Success:  If you live in Arizona and have not experienced a Str8 Up band performance, we can’t help but wonder if you really live in Arizona! For the past 25 years (Yes, TWENTY-FIVE!), Str8 Up has been entertaining party-going, music-loving audiences all over the valley and beyond, and they don’t seem ready to stop any time soon. Whether at a casino, a wedding, a club, a backyard birthday or a charity fundraiser, the music of the Str8Up band has served as a soundtrack for every occasion imaginable. 

    Patrick Murillo – 12:45 – 1:15 Cultural Stagedesert-rat-reggae

    Patrick Murillo, aka Ras Patrick, is known for his vocal stylings, original songs, oldie mash-ups and keyboards. He has been a popular Arizona musician for many years and has shared the stage with the likes of Big Mountain, Steel Pulse and Kymani Marley among many others. Although he leads a band, The Rastafarmers, he loves to perform solo as well. He calls his style “desert rat reggae” because of the southwest and Chicano infusion of sound and message.

    Arizona Rhythm Connection – 12:00pm – 12:30 pm Cultural Stageaz-rhythm-connection
    The AZ Rhythm Connection®, a group of highly skilled facilitators whose primary focus is to bring the joy of rhythm and percussion to any and all events where rhythm is welcome. Our team sculpts, layers and creates the most unique and engaging group participation events possible. It is our goal to take the team building and group-fun experiences to unexpected levels of enjoyment.

  • Danzarte Danza Folklorica – 11:30 am – 12:15 pm Main Stage
    performing Balletfolklorico group out of Avondale Arizona.
  • Starworld Martial Arts – 2:15 pm – 2:45 pm Cultural Stage
    Martial Arts demonstration.  Starworld is located in Goodyear right across the street from Estrella Mountain Community College.  The focus of Starworld martial arts school is on physical fitness, character development and self defense, rather than fighting. Our overarching goal is in building our student’s self-esteem.
  • Sampradaya Dance of India – 12:30 pm – 1:10 pm Main Stage
    Classical Bharatanatyam dance, a pre-eminent Indian classical dance form presumably the oldest classical dance heritage of India is regarded as mother of many other Indian classical dance forms.  Sampradaya Dance School is located Chandler Arizona.
  • Mariachi Juvenil de Mi Tierra 1:30pm – 2:00 pm Cultural Stage
    Formed in 2011 in Scottsdale Arizona, Mariachi Juvenil de Mi Tierra, has performed with a variety of well-established mariachi’s throughout the greater Phoenix Area.  The heart of Mariachi Juvenil de mi Tierra is the love and respect for mariachi music and the desire to perform in a Mariachi. Having performed at various private and corporate functions, Mariachi Juvenil de mi Tierra is proud to share the beauty and emotion of mariachi music.   Members of Mariachi Juvenil de mi Tierra are between the ages of 8 and 17 years of age. Their success is a result of the quality of their music, their professional attitude towards it, and their dedication and interpretation of Mariachi Music.
    • Costantino’s Italian Kitchen
    • BarbeSkews – Chamorro comfort food
    • Down Under Foods – Gourmet Aussie savory pies, sweet treats, Aussie sodas and coffee
    • Zeta’s Grill – Authentic Lebanese/Mediterranean Cusine
    • Molly’s Tamales – Tamales and other Mexican inspired dishes
    • Cactus Corn – Kettle Corn
    • Yellowman Frybread
    • Mister Softee Ice Cream

IMPORTANT NOTE FOR PARADE ENTRIES: A mandatory meeting for all parade entries will be held January 25, 2017, 6:00 pm at Avondale City Council Chambers (11465 Civic Center Dr, Avondale, AZ 85323).  Also, please view the PARADE ENTRY RULES



PARADE ENTRY FORM  – please review the parade entry RULES

NON-PROFIT- Our non-profit space are limited and are now full.  If you would still like to participate please select the Exhibitor Form Above.




For questions please contact Stacey Lindsay or Julie Peterson