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Banners on Parade: A Splash of Color in Placerville

Banners on Parade: A Splash of Color in Placerville

Placerville is known for its rich history and charming Historic Main Street. But stroll down that street in the summer, and you’ll be greeted by an explosion of creativity in the form of Banners on Parade.

Placerville is known for its rich history and charming Historic Main Street. But stroll down that street in the summer, and you’ll be greeted by an explosion of creativity in the form of Banners on Parade.

For over two decades, this program has transformed Placerville into an open-air art gallery. Local artists paint vibrant banners on a chosen theme, turning the Historic Downtown into a visual feast.

A Program Steeped in Community

Banners on Parade began in 2005 as the brainchild of a local artist, Barbara Holmes. Inspired by similar public art initiatives, she envisioned brightening Placerville’s streets with artistic expression.

Fun fact: the first year featured wheelbarrows, which had historical significance, as John M. Studebaker (yes, of that Studebaker Automobile Company!) began his career making wheelbarrows for miners in Placerville. It’s since evolved into banners.

What started as a small committee project has blossomed into a beloved community tradition.

Banners on Parade: A Splash of Color in Placerville

Why You Should See Banners on Parade

If you’re planning a visit to Placerville, here are a few reasons why you don’t want to miss Banners on Parade:

Free and Accessible Art: Banners on Parade offers a free, open-air art experience. As you explore Placerville’s shops and restaurants, you’ll be surrounded by interesting and captivating art pieces.

Support Local Artists: The program is a fantastic platform for local talent. Each banner represents the unique vision of a resident artist, allowing you to discover Placerville’s creative heart.

A Changing Display: The banners are hung from June to October, so every summer brings a fresh artistic perspective to the town.

Non-Profit Supported: The primary sponsor for Banners on Parade is Images of Hope, a local non-profit dedicated to providing the connection between art and movement therapy and supportive services that aid in the healing process for those whose lives have been impacted by cancer or other traumas.

More Than Banners

Banners on Parade isn’t just about the visual art. It’s about fostering a vibrant arts scene and community spirit in Placerville. The program culminates in an award ceremony recognizing the participating artists and their contributions.

On your next trip to Placerville, be sure to take a moment to enjoy the banners, a testament to our town’s creative energy and a delightful way to experience our region’s unique charm.

Images provide by Bill Robinson Studios

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