This year's parade theme, "inspiring youth to make successful decisions in a modern world while maintaining connections to their cultural traditions" inspired Monument staff, volunteers and arts demonstrators to enter a float in the Annual Shonto Community Celebration Parade on May 9th, 2008. Depicted were enlarged pottery and pot sherds from the archeological record in all of their brilliant colors and designs while three generations of Navajo potters, painters and weavers in traditional dress, amidst Navajo rugs, greeted the crowd. Uniformed employees walked in front with a banner or rode on horseback behind the float. At parade's end, delight and surprise illuminated the faces of Monument employees, artisans and volunteers as they received the Most Creative Award for their entry. The sun-drenched spring day could not have been more pleasant as the parade unfolded through the community of Shonto, Arizona against a backdrop of red sandstone in a remote portion of the Navajo Nation. The opportunity for the National Monument to participate with community members in support of our local youth was welcomed by all.