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10 Things to Know About Laguna Niguel's Holiday Parade

The annual event is scheduled for Saturday at 10 a.m. along Crown Valley Parkway. Be ready for jets and Santa. While you might think you know all about it, here are some factoids that might surprise you.

OK, so the annual  may not have the pomp and circumstance of, say, Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. However, it is a big deal here.

The parade takes places Saturday beginning at 10 a.m. along Crown Valley Parkway. The street will be closed from 5 a.m. to 2 p.m., so get your spot early.

While we all know about the VIPs who travel down the parade route in their convertibles, as well as all the kids who enjoy marching, here are 10 things you might not have known. These factoids come from the ubiquitous Ron Perella, a resident who does so much for the city.

1. It takes a committee of a dozen volunteers to plan the parade starting in
February. A new organization chart is prepared with new and rejoining
volunteers to fill the 12 positions.

2. On the day of the parade, there will be more than 150 volunteers helping entrants get staged and assure the event runs smoothly.

3. The attendees each year differ depending on other commitments and the celebrity grand marshal. The number of attendees ranges between 10,000 to 12,000, according to officials.

4. More than 3,000 people march, walk, ride, dance, play music, and bring joy to the holiday season.

5. The Mounted Marine Color Guard, along with the sailors of our adopted (with 120 sailors) will be marching this year. Our adopted 1st Battalion, 4th Regiment of the US Marines is deployed and will not appear this year.

6. There will be eight bands marching and playing.

7. COX 3 TV will video the entire two-hour parade and rebroadcast it.

8. A recast of the parade will be available via Cox's On Demand Channel 2636 from Dec. 15 to Jan. 14.

9. Crown Valley Parkway will be barricaded from 5 a.m. to 2 p.m., as well as the side streets leading to CVP from Moulton/Golden Lantern to Niguel Road.

10. There will be a T-34 (Trainer) flying over from the March Field Aero Squadron; visit jetdigital.com/eagleflight.

Steve December 10, 2011 at 01:37 AM
It's a "Christmas" Tree lighting at city hall but the city Christmas parade is now referred to as a "Holiday" parade. The PC police win again. How sad.

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