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Scenes from the Eastern New Mexico State Fair parade

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Above: Así se Baila Ballet Folklorico’s float won the ‘spirit award’ at the Eastern New Mexico State Fair’s 97th annual parade on Monday morning. Characters from the 2017 Disney-Pixar film ‘Coco’ walked alongside the float and in this photo, Miguel plays guitar, right, while Héctor Rivera, behind Miguel, dances with the Folklorico dancers. (Alison Penn Photo)
Below: New Mexico Youth ChalleNGe Academy presents a large-scale state flag to the judges at the New Mexico State Fair’s 97th annual fair parade on Monday morning. (Alison Penn Photo)

Above: Mountain View Middle School students Addyson Campbelo, left, and Evelyn Gomez, right, take a ‘selfie’ with Roswell High School’s mascot near the end of the Eastern New Mexico State Fair’s 97th annual fair parade on Monday morning. (Alison Penn Photo)
Below: Cheerleaders from Roswell High School show off their moves on Main Street during the Eastern New Mexico State Fair parade in Roswell Monday. The cheerleaders were just one of many schools, civic organizations, local nonprofits, businesses, government entities, political candidates and sports teams with a presence in this year’s parade. (Alex Ross Photo)

Above: Cadets with the New Mexico Military Institute march down Main Street Monday during the Eastern New Mexico State Fair in Roswell. The parade is a time-honored tradition that marks the start of the fair, which runs Sept. 30 to Oct. 6. (Alex Ross Photo)
Below: Así se Baila Ballet Folklorico’s float won the ‘spirit award’ at the Eastern New Mexico State Fair’s 97th annual parade on Monday morning. Mamá Coco, a character from the 2017 Disney-Pixar film ‘Coco,’ is seated next to the tree and waves to bystanders. (Alison Penn Photo)

Above: Mary Morgan delivers a Roswell Daily Record newspaper to a young reader during the Eastern New Mexico State Fair’s 97th annual parade on Monday morning. The Daily Record’s float won in the ‘commercial’ category. (Alison Penn Photo)
Below: A parade participant and an audience member show camaraderie near All Saints Catholic School’s float during the Eastern New Mexico State Fair’s 97th annual parade on Monday morning. (Alison Penn Photo)