POW Bergdahl now Liberty Day Parade Marshall

June 21, 2011 – For Immediate Release

Boise’s 4th of July Parade, organized by the local “We the People Liberty Day Parade” committee, is making a statement with a tradition-breaking parade marshal appointment.

The first parade marshal is recently-promoted Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, a native of Idaho and high-profile POW held by Taliban forces.  The appointment was inspired by schoolmate Elysse Barrett, who was also Bowe’s childhood friend.  ”I have warm memories of growing up with Bowe, and can’t imagine what he must be going through.  I pray often for his safe return.”  Bob and Jani Bergdahl, Bowe’s parents approved of the appointment, because they hope it will draw attention to their son’s captivity.  Bowe’s parents request a moment of prayer, as an empty parade marshal’s vehicle passes first along the parade route.  They also ask all Idahoans to write letters in support of Bowe’s release.

The second parade marshal is a prominent local businessman, Larry Knapp. He runs and operates 3K Ranch and Event Center in Star, as well as real estate development and investing.  Mr. Knapp served in Vietnam and is a respected local philanthropist.  His charitable giving has been especially helpful to crisis pregnancy centers for young women.  Mr. Knapp is also the National Director of the International Fellowship of Christian Businessmen where he mentors young business owners.

A $100 cash prize will be given to the float most representative of this year’s theme, “Stand for Liberty”. The float entry deadline has been extended to Monday, June 27th.  The first 30 entrants to buy a prime position will be placed in the front of the parade.  All are welcome to call the parade office for placement arrangements.  853-4439 or 890-0086.  Late entries may be accepted.  For an application and parade rules, go to

The Liberty Day Parade will be held at 11am on Monday, July 4th in downtown Boise. A parade route can be found

Elysse Barrett, spokesperson for the “We the People” 4th of July Parade is available for interview or comment by calling 890-0086.



Boise’s 4th of July Parade is scheduled for Monday, July 4 at 11:00 am

Contact:  Elysse Barrett

We the People Parade Committee


Boise, ID, May 5, 2011 — The Boise 4th of July “We the People” Liberty Day Parade is scheduled for 11:00 AM on Monday, July 4th , 2011. In response to popular request, the 2011 parade is being held at 11:00 am, in downtown Boise. Please note that this is a significant change in time from the traditional evening parade.

The We the People Parade Committee is accepting entries in the 2011 Parade. We are also offering an opportunity for parade participants to apply for a “Top-30” prime position. These first 30 positions will be filled on a “first come, first served” basis.  Once they fill, additional applications will be added to a waiting list in case of cancellations.

General Parade entry applications are being accepted through June 24, 2011.  Applications received after June 26 may be subject to an additional late entry fee. For an application and parade rules, please go to, email, or call the parade offices at 853-4439 or 890-0086.

This year’s theme is: “Stand for Liberty”.

Elysse Barrett, spokesperson for the “We the People” 4th of July Parade is available for interview or comment by calling 890-0086

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