PHOTOS: La Jolla Christmas Parade and Holiday Festival brings cheer

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Thousands again turned out for La Jolla’s annual Christmas Parade and Holiday Festival Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014.

The parade included more than 17 equestrian entries and 50 riders, 14 floats, 14 bands, 17 marching units and an array of classic cars — including two Shelby Cobras that led the parade, along with Chinese sea lion dancers and Clumsy Mumsy the clown.

Longtime event chair Anne Kerr Bache credited the success of this year’s event to Parade Director Mike Carlin and his family, as well as Jack McGrory and Bill Kellogg for helping raise the funds needed to keep the tradition alive, and festival chairs Gail Forbes and Cindy Greatrex (the latter an event gold sponsor).

“I would just like to thank all the attendees, sponsors and volunteer staff for our largest and most successful Christmas Parade and Holiday Festival ever, under the wonderful stewardship of Ann Kerr Bache,” Greatrex said.

“The 2015 Holiday Festival will be expanded even more next year, to dovetail with the 100th anniversary of La Jolla Recreation Center. Plans for this special event are already underway!”

Sports Marshal Doug Fitzgerald lit the pine tree at La Jolla Rec Center as evening took hold. The tree was pruned and festooned with assistance from Pancho Dewhurst of GDC Construction and Laura McDonald.

— Float Awards were give to:

• Stella Maris Academy (Best Overall)

• All Hallows Academy (Most Original)

• Erling Rohde Plumbing (Most Creative)

• House of Palestine (Most Community Spirit)

• Ooh La La Dance Academy (Most Holiday Spirit)

• WindanSea Surf Club (Most Colorful)