La Jolla Christmas Parade registration opens; lifeguards set as grand marshals


Staff Writer

Lifeguards will be honored as grand marshals of the 53rd annual aquatic-themed La Jolla Christmas Parade & Holiday Festival on Sunday, Dec. 5 in the downtown Village.

That was the latest news coming out of La Jolla Town Council’s Christmas Parade Committee, which met informally last week.

Other announced parade marshals for the 2010 parade are Spence Wilson, former Cove Theater manager, civic marshal; retired Brig. Gen. Earl Van Inwegen, former La Jolla Town Council president, military marshal; and Becky Candra, retired director at La Jolla United Methodist Church Nursery School.

The volunteer group’s planning is kicking into high gear.

The youth-oriented event draws upwards of 20,000 to the Jewel to view the parade in which features about 1,200 participants in marching bands, ROTC units, drill teams, dancers, scout troops as well as floats, equestrians, car aficionados and politicos.

The event over time has not only grown in size and prominence but also in cost, both for permitting and security.

“We still need money,” noted Debbie Dorsee, who, along with co-chair Rob Hildt is in charge of fundraising.  Dorsee said about $30,000 has been raised of the estimated $45,000 needed to stage.

Ann Kerr Bache, parade committee chair, said 70 percent of parade donations every year are in smaller denominations mostly from individuals.

This year parade sponsors, groups or individuals donating $5,000 or more, include Audrey Geisel and the Seuss Foundation, County Supervisor Pam Slater-Price and La Valencia Hotel.

Kerr Bache said the emphasis on this year’s parade titled “Christmas By The Sea” will be the same as always.

“It’s one of the last truly community-supported and community-based events,” she said. “And it’s one of the few that still allows equestrians.”

The town council’s parade committee is composed of a core group of volunteers including: Felicia Parker, Holiday Festival; Dave Irwin, floats and safety; Mike Carlin, parade operations; Otis Benton, bands; Carol Burchard, vehicles, Craig Koontz, scripts and announcers; Gary Bulfer, VIP vehicles; and Sally Fuller, VIP assembly; and Ruth Chandler Varonfakis, media and publicity.

Volunteers and VIP vehicles are still needed for the parade.

Participants can begin registering on the parade website at

Parade Day Events Schedule

• Equestrians Begin to Arrive at 10 a.m.
•  Judging of Floats at noon
• Antique Aircraft Flyover
• Parade begins at 2 p.m.
• Festival begins at 3:30 p.m.
• Photos with Santa at Rec Center at 3:30 p.m.

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