The 37th annual Ahwatukee Easter Parade on Saturday, March 30, 2013.

[David Jolkovski/AFN]

Easter is this Sunday, and plans are completed for the 38th Annual Kiwanis Ahwatukee Easter Parade and Spring Fling Saturday, April 19.

Board member Mike Schmitt has been in charge of the parade for the past 22 years, and it’s the 14th year that the Kiwanis club has sponsored the event.

Schmitt said the Easter Parade and Spring Fling is the “largest community-participation event in Ahwatukee,” and was the only Easter Parade in Phoenix.

“The parade is fun. It’s meant to be a down-home-type deal,” Schmitt said.

There were more than 300 parade entry forms mailed to local businesses, youth dance groups, marching bands, and previous parade entries.

When the parade comes to an end, spectators are invited to attend the Spring Fling at Ahwatukee Community Center Park, 4700 E. Warner Road, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. to enjoy entertainment from local groups, vendors, craft booths, carnival rides, games, food, and beverages for the entire family to enjoy.

Andi Pettyjohn, treasurer for Kiwanis, said that during the Spring Fling there would be an Easter-egg hunt throughout the entire event, and children would be able to take photos with the Easter bunny.

“From 2 to 4 p.m. we are having a free concert, which is a tribute band to Buddy Holly,” she said. “Prior to that, we have different dance groups that will be performing.”

Many vendor booths at Spring Fling will have various activities for children.

“Because it is a family event, we encourage vendors to have a family-friendly activity to draw people to their booths,” Pettyjohn said.

Members of Kiwanis Ahwatukee are expecting more than 5,000 people to attend both the Easter Parade and Spring Fling.

“It gives the Ahwatukee community a small-town feel because it’s a very fun, upbeat, family day,” Pettyjohn said. “It’s all about kids, it’s all about families, and there is something for all ages.”

The Easter Parade will be from 10 a.m. to noon, starting at 48th Street and Warner Road, going a mile along 48th Street to Cheyenne Drive.

Spectators are welcome to bring lawn chairs or spread blankets and enjoy the parade.

For more Easter Parade information, call (480) 759-0007. For more information about Spring Fling, call (602) 402-6267.

• Contact writer: (480) 898-4903 or dochoa@ahwatukee.com.

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