Our View: Cheers to La Jolla’s holiday event volunteers and a word about the future

The holidays are in full bloom in La Jolla and a lot of people deserve credit for it.

From those at Chabad of La Jolla and Charriol who again hosted the Grand Menorah Lighting Ceremony to the throngs of volunteers and participants in the La Jolla Christmas Parade and Holiday Festival, the spirit definitely came out around town in the past week. Thanks to everyone who gives their time to make our community a special place.

Now, if we can just do a couple of things: Get all of those people who came out for the events to shop in our stores so our businesses from Bird Rock to the Shores feel the love and get the Town Council to take another look at the event’s name. Maybe it could be the La Jolla Community Parade.

While a lot of people of varying faiths contributed money or were in the parade, we know that others stayed away because of the parade’s name. Wouldn’t it be nice to have representatives of the Buddhist or Muslim communities enter our parade? A menorah on a float with students from the local Chabad and temples and maybe parade entries from the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center would be nice touches of diversity at this time of year.

We could show San Diego that La Jolla, despite its history, is a place of inclusion.

Let’s start a discussion now.

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Posted by Kathy Day on Dec 8, 2010. Filed under Uncategorized. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

1 Comment for “Our View: Cheers to La Jolla’s holiday event volunteers and a word about the future”

  1. Yes, a name change would be appropriate given that it is a community parade. I prefer the word “Festival” to “Christmas” or “Holiday”.

    It is unfortunate but true that La Jolla has a history of exclusion. While individuals can choose their friends, and public/government entity does NOT have the right to show preference to one religious group over another. To have a Christmas parade that relies upon tax dollars is unconstitutional… and NOT neighborly!

    Look around you. Your friends, neighbors, even your family members do not all share your same faith – or belief, and in fact, many of them are nonbelievers.

    We all love to celebrate the season. Let’s make this parade fun for everyone!!

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