The Easter Bunny and his brightly colored float cruised down 48th Street last year during the Ahwatukee Kiwanis Club's 41st annual Easter Parade, the largest of its kind in Phoenix.
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Now that the Christmas decorations are stored away for another year, it’s time for Ahwatukee organizations and businesses to start thinking Easter.

As in the 42nd annual Kiwanis Ahwatukee Easter Parade and Spring Fling, slated for March 31.

While forms have been mailed to 300 local businesses, groups and previous parade participants, the Kiwanis Club doesn’t want to overlook anyone, so it’s putting out a public call for entries.

It may seem early to think of the parade, but organizers said an event of this magnitude takes a lot of planning and preparation.

Hence, organizers are hoping businesses, youth groups, church organizations and even individuals to start planning for the largest Easter parade in the city of Phoenix. It also is one of the largest annual community events in Ahwatukee

Kiwanis Club President Mike Schmitt will again perform services as the Parade Boss for the 26th year.

Beginning at 10 a.m., the parade forms at 48th Street and Warner Road and progresses north about one mile along 48th Street to Cheyenne Drive.  Spectators are welcome to bring lawn chairs or spread blankets and enjoy the parade.

 Public address stations will be located at Ahwatukee Country Club and at the corners of Ahwatukee Drive, Kiowa Street and Pawnee Street.

After the parade, families and individuals can drop by the Spring Fling at Ahwatukee Community Center Park, 48th Street and Warner Road.

The event, which runs 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., features entertainment by local groups, vendor and craft booths, carnival rides, games, food, beverages and games.

Kiwanis member Andi Pettyjohn is heading the Spring Fling committee for the 18th time.

Entry is free but carnival rides, the Easter Egg Hunt and food and drinks require the purchase of tickets.

“The event is the largest fundraiser of the year for the Ahwatukee Kiwanis Club and takes months of planning and organization,” Pettyjohn said. “A very popular event with Ahwatukee families, it’s so much fun to see so many community members gather together for an afternoon of fun.”

The egg hunts comprise more than 30 pounds of candy encased in plastic eggs and are held throughout the day, as carnival rides and games keep youngsters happy.

Up to 60 local merchants, crafters, food and drink booths and live onstage entertainment keep adults amused.

The parade and the Spring Fling are organized by the 27-member Kiwanis Club of Ahwatukee with proceeds earmarked for community and Kiwanis charities. Local Key Clubs from Desert Vista and Mountain Pointe High Schools assist.

For more parade information, call, 480-759-0007 or e-mail  Spring Fling information can be obtained by calling 602-402-6267 or e-mailing  Forms are available at

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