WINDSOR, Colo. — The Town of Windsor, in conjunction with the Windsor Harvest Festival, are announcing major changes to the Harvest Festival parade route for 2023.
The new route begins at its usual starting point at the intersection of 1st St. and Walnut St. The parade will travel west on Walnut St. to 3rd St., where it will turn to the north one block to Main St./State Hwy. 392. It will again turn west and travel along Main St. to the Windsor High School administrative parking lot, where the parade will end.
Main St. will be closed from 11th St. east to State Hwy. 257 from 6:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. Monday, Sept. 4 to accommodate the parade. During this time, vehicles parked along the parade route will need to be relocated. Alternate routes are advised for those planning to travel in and around the impacted area.
The parade will begin promptly at 9 a.m. and run until all participants have completed the route.
The new route is a major deviation from years past, when the parade traveled west on Walnut St. until 7th St., before turning south to Eastman Park Dr. Organizers changed the route for this year’s parade for several reasons, including enhancing accessibility for spectators, lengthening the parade route, increasing community involvement and better showcasing Windsor’s historic downtown. The new route also avoids both existing and future traffic patterns that are challenging to navigate for larger floats.
“It’s exciting to see Windsor’s biggest event of the year shift more attention to our downtown,” said Windsor Mayor Paul Rennemeyer. “Our community is so beautiful and to see this parade move through such a historic corridor is really going to be special.”
"We're absolutely thrilled to reveal this new parade route, carefully curated to foster a sense of unity and community pride," said Casey Johnson, Windsor Harvest Festival Chairman. "Our goal is to provide an outstanding experience for all attendees, ensuring that every moment of the parade fills hearts with joy and cherished memories."
The Windsor Harvest Festival, entering its 101st year, celebrates the end of summer with numerous events and activities, arts and crafts and commercial vendors, and much more. This year’s festival runs Saturday, Sept. 2 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Boardwalk Park, 100 N. 5th St. through Sunday, Sept. 3 and Monday, Sept. 4 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Main Park, 300 Locust St.
Though not an all-inclusive list, the following are some of the events scheduled during this year’s Harvest Festival:
- The festival kicks off early Saturday and Sunday morning with hot air balloon launches at 6:30 a.m. from Eastman Park, 7025 Eastman Park Dr., weather permitting.
- Saturday’s events also include the 17th Annual Windsor Cruise-In Car Show from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Also, weather permitting, a fireworks display will hit the sky over Windsor Lake at approximately 9:05 p.m.
- Also on Saturday, the Vintage Baseball Game takes place at 11 a.m. at Eastman Park, with an additional scrimmage at 1:30 p.m.
- Sunday also includes a Doggie Dip at Chimney Park Pool, 425 Chimney Park Dr., from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The cost is $6 per dog. Dogs must be fully vaccinated, and pre-registration is required.
- Sunday events also includes an Art LIVE! performance with ceramicist Christine Ginnity at Main Park from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Attendees will have the opportunity to engage with Ginnity, a local Windsor artist and watch the creative process of pottery in-person.
- Windsor’s Movies in the Park series concludes Sunday evening with a screening of Sky High at 8 p.m. at Eastman Park, which is free to attend.
- Live entertainment, booths, games and more continue through Sunday and Monday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Main Park.
For more information on the Windsor Harvest Festival, including a complete schedule of events, visit windsorharvestfest.com.