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Belmont Shore Christmas Parade Hosts U.S. Medalists

This year’s holiday parade of high school marching bands, prancing mutts, charity groups, local businesses and waving city officials will also celebrate Long Beach’s Olympians.

Belmont Shore’s 30th annual Christmas parade this Saturday on Dec. 1 from 6 pm to 9 pm will have the theme “Go for the Gold” and its grand marshals will be hometown favorite Misty May Treanor and her husband and Dodgers player Matt Treanor.

Jessica Hardy, a student at Wilson High School and an Olympic gold medalist, will also be riding in the parade, which will travel on East 2nd Street between Livingston Avenue and Bayshore Avenue, according to a press release.

This year’s parade includes more than 100 entries, including floats, marching bands, local personalities and dignitaries, and Santa Claus. At least 12 of these 100 entries are local marching bands, according to the BSBA. Look for a complete rundown of the parade entries and order Tuesda

The parade entry fee for Belmont Shore Business Association members and non-profit organizations is $400 while the fee is $500 for band and other entries. Floats will be judged based on how well the theme of this year’s parade is presented by the float, according to the press release.

John B. Greet November 27, 2012 at 04:42 PM
I have enjoyed the parade many times. Family members have participated in it. The sole complaints are: It lasts too long and many of the spectators litter. The extensive parade length has nothing to do with the number of entrants but, rather, the often lax manner in which the entrants are marshalled. The parade marches 2nd Street twice. If the folks in charge would make sure that the entrants stayed within a safe but consistent distance from one another, the parade would likely last a more tolerable length of time. As for the litterers, it would be great to see a lot more temporary trash bins provided and those that are placed should be emptied as they fill. Those who choose to litter anyway should be cited.
Watts December 02, 2012 at 06:58 PM
I love the parade and have no problem with the length, as it is in line with most parades of it's kind. But the only issue that I have is that looping the parade from one side to another has never worked out very well. When you have bands and/or floats with music continually passing each other while going in different directions, it leaves all spectators with a compromised experience of either entrant. Also, as soon as people have seen the parade end on the beach side of the street, those people start to leave and cross the street through the on-going parade on the inland side and are suddenly face to face with people still trying to watch the parade, all carrying chairs, etc. and trying to force their way through.
Nancy Wride December 02, 2012 at 10:18 PM
I loved the parade and the fact that the mist chased away some people. Cabrilo High's performers were among my favorites. Nerves: Dads shooting silly string at their 3 year olds who are running away into the street, in the path of floats. Saw a kid reach toward a beach ball that was rolling under the Texting Kills bus/truck. Eek!
S.A.P. December 02, 2012 at 10:58 PM
Good thing they weren't texting at the time, Nancy ;)
Nancy Wride December 02, 2012 at 11:38 PM
Good thing. :D I have dear friends who check their email/texts while carpooling with me on the freeway and I actually have to say something like, PLEASE let me check that for you so my kid has his mom.....

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