Christmas parade forges ahead

Thanks to community support, La Jolla’s 51st annual Yuletide celebration themed “History on Parade” to be held Dec. 7 is a definite go.

“I don’t have a number, but we have raised enough money to ensure that all the basic expenses will be paid for,” said Darcy Ashley, president of La Jolla Town Council, which sponsors the annual event. “Once word got out (funding needed) people stepped up left and right. It was amazing and heartwarming, an incredible thing.”

There is also still time for people to enter the parade and the inaugural decorating contest.

The parade, which winds its way along Girard Avenue from Kline to Prospect streets culminating at La Jolla Recreation Center, will run from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Immediately following will be a festival sponsored by The La Jolla Kiwanis Club featuring music, caroling and entertainment, photos with Santa, children’s games, and light refreshments.

The day’s grand finale will be the lighting of the Christmas tree at the corner of Prospect Street and Draper Avenue, which will be decorated courtesy of Sunrise Rotary.

Meanwhile, Village merchants are being encouraged to try and outdo their neighbors in the first-ever decorations contest. First- and second-place ribbons will be awarded in five different categories - most traditional, most modern, most outrageous, most beachy and best 1800s period motif.

Customers are encouraged to vote for their favorites.

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or (858) 454-1444.