The Northeast Neighborhood Association (NENA) has been holding a fun and different event for the past 20 years. It's called the Parade of Sheds, and it's a parody of the Parade of Homes, which is put on each year by SWMBIA (Southwest Montana Building Industry Association).

Back in 2000, neighbors in northeast Bozeman would joke that their homes were too small for the Parade of Homes, and if they were to hold a similar event, they would need to call it the parade of sheds. And thus a new tradition was born. Residents soon created a fun event to poke fun at the Parade of Homes and to showcase the eclectic and weird elements that make Bozeman unique.

The Parade of Sheds will be held this Saturday, September 12, from 2 p.m. - 5 p.m. It will be a Free, family-friendly event, that will include a self-guided tour of Bozeman's northeast neighborhood.

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The event will also include a scavenger hunt and a bike decorating contest. And since we're in the era of COVID, all activities will be self-guided, and this year there will be no neighborhood parade.

It has been a tough year for many,” said Amy Kelley Hoitsma, President of NENA. “While we can’t connect in the same way as we have for past years, this event does offer us a chance to come together as a community and appreciate the things that make Bozeman so unique. All are welcome to attend.

One of the remarkable things to look for this year is a re-creation of the Barnaby “Dysfunctional Family” sculpture at Bozeman Brewing. Also, be sure to look for houses that have incorporated items such as historic signage or a Bridger Bowl chair.

To vote for Best Bike Decorations search #NENAbikes2020 on Instagram and like your favorites.

To enter the contest, visit the Climbing Boulder (north Ida Avenue) between 2 - 5 p.m. on September 12 to have your photo taken, or take a photo and tag @nenabozeman and use the hashtag #NENAbikes2020.

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