53rd annual La Jolla Christmas Parade & Holiday Festival is Dec. 5

Click on the map to download a PDF of the parade route.

Santa will make a return visit to the La Jolla Christmas Parade this Sunday. Photo: Light file

By Dave Schwab
Staff Writer

The aquatic-themed 53rd annual La Jolla Christmas Parade & Holiday Festival — complete with lifeguards as grand marshals and Ali Baba the camel — will roll out in style Sunday, starting at 2 p.m. in the downtown Village.

The youth-oriented event sponsored by La Jolla Town Council and titled “Christmas By The Sea” annually draws 20,000-plus guests to the Jewel, with another 1,200 people participating in marching bands, ROTC units, drill teams, dancers, scout troops, float builders, equestrians, car aficionados, Santa Claus, the Old Globe Grinch and VIPs young and old.

Each year the parade kicks off with Cub Scouts of La Jolla leading the way carrying the parade banners down Girard Avenue from Kline Street to Prospect Street. THe parade culminates at La Jolla Rec Center where a family-oriented Holiday Festival ensues at 3:30 p.m., followed by the traditional lighting ceremony of the Sunrise Rotary Christmas Tree at 4 p.m.

But Kerr Bache said people need to be aware that cars will be towed and ticketed if people don’t heed the warning signs. (See list below for street closures.) Last year, 37 cars were towed, she added.

Each year in its selection of parade marshals the parade committee, chaired by Ann Kerr Bache, emphasizes values of education, philanthropy, culture and service, while also honoring local citizens of achievement. For the second year, youth marshals selected from local schools acknowledging high-achieving students have been added to the slate of parade VIPs.

Floats are always a big parade attraction, with judges awarding prizes in various categories including Best Overall, Most Holiday Spirit, Most Original, Most Creative, Most Colorful, and Santa’s Favorite.

One of the largely unheralded stars of the La Jolla Christmas Parade show, Ali Baba the camel. Ali Baba will not only strut his stuff in the parade, but afterwards participates in La Jolla Presbyterian Church’s annual Nativity scene reenactment.

“We have the camel dressed up in his Nativity costume walking in the parade with high school kids, and afterward they come back to the church’s courtyard where we do Christmas decorating with cookies for children and a live nativity scene near the sanctuary which is a church tradition,” said Megan Albe, La Jolla Presbyterian Church’s youth and children ministry coordinator. “We’re also going to have a donkey and two sheep.”

Albe said the general public is invited to take pictures at the Nativity scene which goes on for an hour and a half or so after the end of the parade.

The parade and festival costs about $45,000 to stage, said Kerr Bache. Parade chair Kerr Bache noted though that 70 percent of parade donations are in smaller denominations, mostly from individuals.

Parade sponsors for 2010, groups or individuals donating $5,000 or more, included Audrey Geisel and the Seuss Foundation, County Supervisor Pam Slater-Price and La Valencia Hotel.

For more information visit ww.ljparade.com.

IF YOU GO:

Click on this map to download a PDF for garages offering complimentary parking to take with you.

There is an area set aside with disability access in a prime viewing location at the kickoff and the Parade Assembly areas. It has chairs and nurses stationed nearby. There are ADA bathrooms a short distance away and ADA Parking in the Bank of America parking lot. There are also ADA bathrooms and parking near the recreation center as well.

• Street Closures on Parade Day Sunday, Dec. 5:
Note: Vehicles will be towed immediately in these areas.

10:30 a.m.
— Herschel closed between Silverado and Torrey Pines for float arrival
— Kline closed between Ivanhoe and Girard for marching units &
float assembly
—  Girard closed between Torrey Pines and Kline to unload equestrians
— Kline closed between Girard and Drury Lane for misc. vehicles

12:30 p.m.
—  Girard closed between Kline and Prospect
— Prospect closed between Girard (the Dip) and Cuvier cul de sac
— Draper closed between Silverado and Kline

• No Parking and Tow Away Zones
Note: Vehicles will be towed immediately in these areas.

10  a.m.
— Both sides of Girard between Torrey Pines and Kline
— Both side of Kline between Ivanhoe and Fay
— Both sides of Herschel between Torrey Pines and Silverado
— Both sides of Drury Lane  between Kline and Pearl (Vons lot)

Noon
— Both sides of Girard between Kline and Prospect
— Both sides of Prospect between Girard and Cuvier cul de sac
— Both sides of Draper between Silverado and Kline
— South curb of Prospect between the side alley of Herschel and the Dip

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Posted by Dave Schwab on Dec 1, 2010. Filed under Featured Story, La Jolla, News. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

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