Denver Broncos fans from Parker will have the chance to show their Super Bowl spirit during a community rally Saturday afternoon.
The Big Gane Parker Pep Rally, originally scheduled for O'Brien Park, has been moved to the Ponderosa High School Gym, 7007 Bayou Gulch Road, and is scheduled for 4 p.m. Feb. 1. The venue was changed due to weather predictions.
The rally — a brainchild of Mayor Mike Waid and Parker Chamber of Commerce president Dennis Houston — calls to unite the orange and blue nation.
Both Waid and Houston have challenged their counterparts in Oak Harbor, Wash., a suburb of Seattle, to a wager. Those representing the losing team will have to wear the other team's jersey on the Monday after the Super Bowl. A large screen normally used for movies in the park will carry a live feed of a simultaneous celebration in Oak Harbor.
There will even be a feed to Omaha, Neb., because the city's name plays prominently into quarterback Peyton Manning's pre-snap cadence.
Houston says he hopes attendance will be strong at what will end up being the largest outdoor community event in Parker this winter.
“It's our community spirit versus theirs,” he said.
Waid wants 5,000-10,000 people to show up dressed in orange and blue to represent the home team. Oak Harbor has less than half the population of Parker, but it has already had several rallies during the playoffs, which means attendance at its event could be strong.
The Ponderosa High School rally will include a high school cheer squad, marching band, choir and members of local football teams. A few super fans have also been invited to speak to amp up the crowd. The park gazebo has already been decorated in orange and blue lights to commemorate the Broncos' inspiring run to the Super Bowl.
“People will be pumped the day before, so we figured let's get everyone together,” Houston said.
Proceeds from a raffle for a Denver Broncos signed football and other prizes will be pooled with money collected during a similar raffle in Oak Harbor. The money from both will go to the winning chamber of commerce. If the Broncos win, the funds will benefit the chamber's college scholarship fund for graduating seniors.
What: Denver Broncos rally
When: 4-5 p.m. Feb. 1 (Saturday)
Where: Ponderosa High School
Why: Celebrate the Super Bowl
What to wear: Orange and blue