As the autumn leaves painted the historic Route 66 with hues of gold and crimson, the Route 66 Street Team added a vibrant touch to the annual Barstow Mardi Gras Parade on October 28, 2023. The spirit of celebration was high, and our Street Team members were eager to showcase their commitment to preservation, beautification, and community engagement along the iconic Mother Road.

A Nostalgic Journey Down Route 66:

Decked out in vintage attire that harked back to the golden era of Route 66, our Street Team members brought a sense of nostalgia to the Barstow Mardi Gras Parade. Adorned in classic leather jackets, poodle skirts, and retro Route 66 memorabilia, our team paid homage to the historic highway that has connected communities and cultures for decades.

Restoration on Wheels:

The star of our parade presence was a meticulously restored vintage car, proudly displaying the Route 66 Street Team logo. This rolling testament to our commitment to restoration and preservation turned heads and elicited cheers from the crowd. The classic car, with its shiny chrome and radiant paint, symbolized our dedication to keeping the spirit of Route 66 alive and well.

Community Engagement at its Finest:

Beyond the visual spectacle, the Street Team actively engaged with the crowd, distributing brochures about our ongoing projects, upcoming volunteer opportunities, and the importance of preserving Route 66. The enthusiasm of parade-goers was palpable, and many expressed interest in joining our cause or volunteering their time for the next restoration project.

Beautification on Parade:

In the true spirit of Mardi Gras, our Street Team took the opportunity to showcase the beautification side of our mission. Colorful banners, hand-painted signs, and even a mobile mural adorned our procession, reflecting the artistic diversity of our volunteers. Our goal was not only to celebrate but to inspire a sense of pride and ownership in the local community.

Future Collaborations and Celebrations:

The Barstow Mardi Gras Parade was not just a one-time event for the Route 66 Street Team; it marked the beginning of more collaborations and celebrations along the Mother Road. Our presence at the parade reinforced our commitment to making a lasting impact on Route 66 and the communities it traverses.

As the sun set on the Barstow Mardi Gras Parade, the Route 66 Street Team left an indelible mark on the memories of those who attended. With vintage charm, a restored classic car, and a heartfelt commitment to preservation and beautification, we showcased that the spirit of Route 66 is not just a part of history; it’s a living, breathing celebration that continues to unite communities and enthusiasts alike. The Barstow Mardi Gras Parade was just one chapter in our ongoing journey to ensure that the magic of Route 66 endures for generations to come.