Article below by Steve Dreyer (article and photo taken from San Diego Union Tribune, link below)
The selection of Phil Harris as grand marshal was announced this week by organizers of the 53rd annual Poway Days Parade.
A Poway resident and business owner, Harris is the founder of Friends & Family Community Connection, a non-profit that has grown since its 2002 creation to provide humanitarian help in Tanzania, Haiti and other distressed countries, along with food and other assistance to those in need in the San Diego region. The group is known for organizing large-scale food packing events throughout the county.
Harris will ride in the Sept. 9 parade, which will start at 9 a.m. and will run along Poway Road. It will be immediately followed by the return of a traditional after-parade community celebration at Community Park.
The theme for this year’s parade is “Happiness is Helping Others.” The parade is organized by the Rotary Club of Poway-Scripps. Club member Don Barnett said Monday that over 70 entries had been received as of last week, which puts the parade on pace for about 100 entries. All five local high school marching bands will perform, he said. There will also be youth and school groups, veterans groups, equestrian units and floats in the parade, he said.