Donations still needed for LJ parade, festival


With time running out, community donations are being urgently sought for the annual La Jolla Christmas Parade & Holiday Festival on Dec. 6.

“The parade committee still needs at least $10,000 to defray costs, “ said event spokeswoman Ruth Chandler Varonfakis.

“Help us keep this magical 52-year-old tradition alive.”

La Jolla’s youth-oriented Christmas Parade lures 20,000 to watch the homespun event, which this year starts at 2 p.m. and is themed “Christmas Through the Eyes of a Child.”

An additional 1,200 people from around San Diego will participate in the form of marching bands, ROTC units, drill teams, dancers, scout troops, float builders, equestrians, car aficionados, politicos, promoters and pranksters.

In selecting 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.

To become a sponsor, make a donation or find out more about the parade, call fundraising chair Debbie Dorsee at (858) 551-3271 or e-mail