Lions march to own drummer

Photos by CHRISTOPHER TOMLINSON/The Daily Sentinel—Marchers mimicking boxed Barbie dolls — and Ken — walk down Main Street on Saturday afternoon as part of the Grand Junction Lions Club Parade. The parade was a prelude to the Lions’ annual Carnival, which was at Two Rivers Convention Center. See a photo gallery at

A dinosaur gives a fist bump to a spectator along Main Street in downtown Grand Junction during the annual Grand Junction Lions Club parade.

No matter that the sun didn’t peek out much Saturday, Grand Junction Lions Club parade participants made downtown feel like a Hawaiian island.

Hundreds of spectators came out to watch the annual parade, which was set to a luau theme this year.

“Looks like you guys are ready for vacation,” one spectator said to a Lions Club member dressed in mismatched tourist fashion, flip-flops and a camera on hand.

“Christmas vacation, maybe,” the Lion replied, close to shivering.

Lions Club members have been hosting the parade as a build up to a carnival since 1929. Over the years, the club has raised $4 million, which it gives back to community organizations each year.

The annual carnival took place Saturday evening at Two Rivers Convention Center.

This year’s event featured the Lions’ 2013 Hometown Hero Dorothy Rinderle. A longtime CASA volunteer, Rinderle was chosen because of her commitment to bettering the lives of children.

Also on hand were marching bands, high school cheer teams, classic cars and floats from local businesses.

A more unusual twist was Barbie-in-a-box marchers — walking Barbies dressed as “Scuba Barbie,” “Aloha Barbie” and “Tourist Barbie.” Some of the Barbies were men dressed as women. Like most years, some Lions Club members displayed their penchant to dress as women.

Other Lions Club members dressed as “Obamacare.” One battered looking member in a hospital gown walked with a sign around his neck, “Penalized for no insurance.” On his back side, “Free Mammograms.” Another member dressed as a “Death Panel” looking like the grim reaper, carrying a sickle.

The display caused one woman to chuckle.

“Only in Grand Junction, Colorado, could you get away with that,” she said.


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Great event! Great time & a great article to highlight some of the fun of the parade. Thank you Amy

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