IMPERIAL — In recognition of the public’s feedback, representatives from the city of Imperial, county of Imperial, Imperial Chamber of Commerce, Imperial Unified School District, and Imperial Valley Expo came together to discuss new plans for a community celebration honoring Andy Ruiz Jr.
All agencies agreed the celebration should be free and accessible to the public. The event is scheduled for Saturday, June 22, and will consist of a parade through downtown Imperial ending with a rally at the Imperial High School football field.
The parade will begin at 8 a.m. and start at 4th Street and Imperial Avenue traveling north, toward Barioni Blvd., and then head west toward D Street, ending at Imperial High School. Thereafter, a rally on the Imperial High School football field will be held where community leaders, family and friends will honor Mr. Ruiz’s accomplishments that have received national attention.
Members of the community planning to attend the events should note the following:
- Set up along the parade route will be permitted up to 24 hours prior to event start time
- Parking for the event is available on adjacent streets
- Streets closures at the intersections of 2nd, 4th, 6th, and Barioni along Imperial Avenue, as well as streets H thru D along Barioni Blvd., will begin at 4 a.m. on the day of the parade.
- In order to keep possibly dangerous items outside the rally, ALL bags will be inspected as they come through the entry points and all individuals are subject to search. To keep delays to a minimum, remember that the following items are not permitted on the football field and may be confiscated:
- Ice chests or coolers. While ice chests/coolers are not permitted, exceptions will be made for medically necessary items after proper inspection at a specified lane at each gate. Medical marijuana is not permitted anywhere on the field; please do not bring it to the rally
- Large bags (larger than a large purse or diaper bag), duffle bags, briefcases
- All weapons (regardless of permit) including firearms, knives (including pocket knives and multi-tools), walking sticks (except for handicap use) and all other items that the security force deems dangerous. Any confiscated items will not be returned
- Alcoholic beverages
- Pets (other than service animals)
- Glass containers
- Bicycles, roller skates, roller blades or skateboards
- No outside food and beverages
- Tents, portable or temporary awnings, cabanas, umbrellas (no larger than 40” arc size)
- All illegal drugs, including marijuana whether for medical or recreational use, are not allowed; please do not bring these items with you
We encourage community members to join in celebrating this historic event and recognizing Andy Ruiz Jr. for his momentous accomplishments.
“I am looking forward to participating in a countywide community event that will take place on the streets of my hometown, in the heart of Imperial," said Ruiz. "I am honored to be welcomed back in a grand manner and am excited that this will be a free event for anyone in the community to enjoy.”