PHOENIX - The Fort McDowell Fiesta Bowl wound its way through the streets of Central Phoenix Saturday morning, filled with bands, celebrities and festive floats.
But some taking part in the parade were there in memory of their loved ones, as grand marshals of the parade.
The sights and sounds were just like in years past, but this time the event paid tribute to 19 firefighters killed fighting the Yarnell Hill Fire in June.
The only survivor, Brendan McDonough, was in a different location serving as a lookout.
"Seeing so many people trying to make us happy and help us out, it's fantastic," McDonough said.
Wives, fiancées, mothers and fathers, all still struggling with the loss but moving forward the best they can.
"Even though through tragedy we can be stronger and we can move on, we'll never forget them," McDonough said. "It still hurts but we can all get through this."
The support for these families and loved ones was seen in the stands along the parade route.
The families are thankful for the kindness.
"Just people walking by, the strangers, so much love and compassion, I can't say enough. You know, thank you," McDonough said.
Since the tragedy in June several charities have been set up to help the families.
If you would like to help go to prescottffcharities.org.