Christmas Parade countdown begins

Christmas Parade and Holiday Festival registration, fundraising underway

Registration is open for parade contingents in the 57th annual La Jolla Christmas Parade and Holiday Festival, which kicks off 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7 at Girard Avenue and Kline Street. The festival begins 2:30 p.m. at La Jolla Rec Center, 615 Prospect St. This year’s theme is “Christmas Spirit: Peace on Earth.”

Space is limited. Floats, equestrians, marching units, bands, beauty queens, classic and vintage vehicles and all other family-friendly entries are encouraged to register early to assure a slot in 2014’s event.

The parade is open to all, though priority is given to children, youth and family-friendly entrants and activities. Final deadline for registration is midnight, Nov. 1, no exceptions. People may register for one or both events at LJParade.com

The holiday festival includes entertainment, games and interactive educational activities for children, and culminates in the lighting of the Christmas tree at 4:30 p.m., on the eve of the 100th-year anniversary of La Jolla Rec Center.

This year’s honorary parade chairs are Jack McGrory and Bill Kellogg. Cindy Greatrex is the honorary festival chair.

The Parade Foundation organizes the events, which are run by volunteers. Both events are fully supported by community donations, with no public money.

While many have already donated to this year’s parade and festival, each year costs continue to climb. Parade organizers are asking for previous and new donors to join friends and family to make 2014’s event a success. Sponsorship benefits and opportunities are described on the event website, ljparade.com, which includes a list of current sponsors and donors. Donations in any amount can be made via the website using a credit card or PayPal account.

A donation form can be obtained at LJParade.com, printed and mailed with a check or credit card details to La Jolla Christmas Parade and Holiday Festival, 1150 Silverado Ave. #212, La Jolla, CA 92037. The Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and donations are tax-deductible.

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