117 parade entrants include 10 youth marshals


As the 54th annual La Jolla Christmas Parade and Holiday Festival on draws near, the lineup is taking shape and youth marshals have been selected.

This year the parade, which begins at 2 p.m. on Dec. 4, will include 117 entrants including 10 bands, six beauty queens/princesses, nine equestrians, two canine units, three fire engines, 10 floats, 21 marching units, 18 miscellaneous vehicles, 16 VIP vehicles, 12 VIPs and 10 youth marshals.

Youth marshals this year and their schools are: Brielle Brennan & Kiki Hamon, All Hallows Academy; Cavan Walsh, Bird Rock Elementary; Chris Halter & Mary McNeil, The Bishop’s School; Allison Rhodes, La Jolla Country Day School; Victor Dufour & Anais Farion, San Diego French-American School; Grace Conlin, Stella Marris Academy; and Si Young Kim, Torrey Pines Elementary.

Donations continue to flow in but more still are needed.

“The community has continued to contribute to the parade and we are slowly approaching the $12,000 (shortfall), but we still need as much help as they can give us,” said parade spokeswoman Pat Wells.

The Dec. 4 event, with all its attendant costs including police protection and permitting , totals about $45,000 to stage each year, said Ann Kerr Bache, parade chair for La Jolla Town Council, which hosts the event.

Parade line-ups will be posted soon on the website


— Dave Schwab