Grand Avenue FestivalThe Grand Avenue Festival is an annual thing that has grown over the last decade or so.

Its been nice to see it grow organically, as more businesses grow along Grand, but in a way that still respects the arts and local businesses that make the street what it is.

So, for your information, be sure to put the 2017 Grand Avenue Festival on your calendar. The theme this year: “undersea madness.”


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                         Contact: Sahar Mitchell

Production Agency for Participatory Arts

Phone: 602-615-0899



Undersea Madness: The 12th Phoenix Annual Parade of the Arts

(Phoenix, AZ) Grand Avenue Arts & Preservation, Strange Family Circus and PAPA, LLC are proud to present the 12th Phoenix Annual Parade of the Arts at 6pm on

November 11, 2017. For over a decade, PAPA has brought the community together to celebrate artistic expression in downtown Phoenix. As a free, family friendly event, the parade is a unique pedestrian and bike procession based 100% on audience participation. This year’s theme, “Undersea Madness” will bring out local pirates, mermaids, sailors and pineapple dwelling sponges to Historic Grand Avenue. For a fourth year, the Grand Avenue Festival will bookend the procession.

PAPA is open to all; marchers do not need to register to march unless they plan to compete for prizes. Participants who choose to compete must check in by 5pm at PAPA Headquarters near Bragg’s Pie Factory, 1301 N W Grand Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85007. Contest prizes are broken into five categories: best costume, best float, best decorative bicycle, best kids or pets entry and best group effort. Keeping with PAPA’s policy to promote an ecologically friendly event, participants must be non-motorized.

The public procession lines up at 6pm. The parade, lead once again by local Taiko drummers Fushicho Daiko, will travel from Bragg’s Pie Factory southeastward on Grand Avenue from McKinley. The procession will end at Grand Ave and Polk where it will egress into the backyard of Unexpected Gallery, 734 W Polk Street, Phoenix, AZ  85007 for after hours festivities. As part of the Grand Avenue Festival, participants are encouraged to come early and stay late for the art, music, food, make-and-take crafts, fashion shows and other fun events.

The Phoenix Annual Parade of the Arts unites the arts with the greater community by providing an open-to-the-public, mobile expression of downtown Phoenix life. The free, family event is presented by the Production Agency for Participatory Arts, LLC. PAPA is a New Times Best of Phoenix winner.

Who: The 12th Phoenix Annual Parade of the Arts (PAPA) at the Grand Avenue Festival

When: November 11, 2017, Procession at 6pm.    

What: Public procession – 2017 Theme “Undersea Madness”

Where: Bragg’s Pie Factory, 1301 N W Grand Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85007 (With procession on Grand Ave)  

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