A keepsake, although typically sentimental in value, can speak volumes to where a person has been, who they are and who they were at a particular time — but the time of the novel coronavirus has made those mementos of good memories hard to come by.
For the beloved annual salute to the sun, The Scottsdale Parada Del Sol Parade and Trail End’s Festival, organizers were forced to cancel the traditional spectacle because of COVID-19 pandemic precautions meant to keep those at-risk safe.
In December, the Parada Del Sol Committee, which is now fueled by the sweat equity of the Scottsdale Charros, saw a unique opportunity to raise funds for next year’s event and, in the process, provide a one-of-a-kind keepsake opportunity.
“For us, it encompasses the family tradition, our western values and our ties to the Parada Del Sol,” said Scottsdale Charro Dr. Joe Deka of “Learning the Ropes” by renowned artist Tim Gallegly of El Paso, Texas.
“In fact, he is an award-winning artist and when we were in committee, we talked about how the posters for Western events and for the Parada itself were pretty iconic to us.”
For 60 years, the Scottsdale Charros have been in constant pursuit of improving the lives of Scottsdale residents while preserving the community’s ties to its western heritage.
The Parada Del So was created by Scottsdale community leaders 67 years ago to draw visitors to the dusty Old Town area to create business to small retail stores and hotels.
Mr. Deka outlines the role the Scottsdale Charros play in helping to host the annual Parada Del Sol.
“The Charros are now involved on the administrative side of the parade as we are all volunteers. When COVID hit, we can’t do all we want to do for charities we support and who have supported us over the years,” he said of nonprofit struggles all over.
“The sales of these prints will go through The Charro Foundation and it will go toward operations costs of next year’s parade.”
With original plans to host the Parada Del Sol Parade in mid-April, the lithograph “Learning the Ropes” will make its public debut during Western Week Thursday, April 15, 6:30 p.m. Casa de Artist Gallery, 7058 E Main St. in Old Town Scottsdale.
The artist, Mr. Gallegly who now resides in the Valley of the Sun, will introduce the piece, according to Scottsdale Charro Tim Garvin Jr.
“The Scottsdale Charros are involved with Parada Del Sol in conjunction with its commitment to further its legacy and ensure that the event is around for years to come with all of its traditions,” Mr. Garvin said of the overall goal of the Parada Del Sol Committee.
“Originally planned to be promoted at the event, these pieces are now being made available online and in-person with a very special unveiling with artist Tim Gallegly during the Scottsdale Art Walk.”
Mr. Garvin explains as of April 1 there are 150 lithograph prints left, each of which are being sold for $200.
“The lithographs are being offered at $200 per copy — signed by artist — and only 125 of them have been produced and the template has been decommissioned — so it is truly a unique, rare piece that reflects our western heritage here in Scottsdale.”
To learn more about the 2022 Scottsdale Parada del Sol Parade and Trail’s End Festival, go to scottsdaleParade.com.