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Holiday Parades March Through Pacoima, Granada Hills PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mike Terry Sun Contributing Writer   
Thursday, 05 December 2013 05:33

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Christmas parades and all their local pageantry will fill the streets of Pacoima and Granada Hills this weekend.

The 46th annual Pacoima Christmas Parade and Festival takes place on Saturday, Dec. 7, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

This year's theme is "Embracing Our Community." Los Angeles City Councilmember Felipe Fuentes, who represents Pacoima, is the grand marshal. L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti was asked to be the grand marshal, but he had to decline.

The parade route begins at the Pacoima City Hall on Van Nuys Boulevard and travels east on Van Nuys Boulevard before ending at the David Gonzales Recreation Center. Parade organizers said more than 100 entries and an estimated 3,500 participants are expected.

Those scheduled to take part include San Fernando Realty, Spirit Award recipients, the Cesar Chavez High School band, reality television stars Matt Burch and Froylan "Froy" Tercero from "Operation Repo," actor Emillio Rivera from "Sons of Anarchy," movie actor Danny Trejo, Asociasión de Charros, de Sylmar. Musician Freddy Fender Jr., Ballet Folklorico Arcoiris, and the gospel group Jazz In Pink.

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The festival will began at the conclusion of the parade. Along with food and drinks, there will be a winter wonderland donated by radio station 93.7 FM that features actual snow. The station and LAPD also sponsor a toy giveaway.

The 30th annual Granada Hills Holiday Parade is Sunday, Dec. 8, from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. This year's theme is "Favo rite Holiday Traditions," and the parade will feature more than 100 entries and an estimated 4,000 participants from car clubs, marching bands, scout troupes and, or course, Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus.

The parade route starts at Chatsworth Street and Balboa Avenue, proceeds west on Chatsworth Street to Zelzah Avenue, then turns south and ends at Granada Hills High School.

Grand Marshal of the Granada Hills parade is Tom Kenny, the voice the popular animated television series "SpongeBob SquarePants." Among those groups expected to participate are high school bands and drumlins from Arleta, Alemany, Canoga Park, Chatsworth, Granada Hills, Notre Dame and Sun Valley; the Time 4 Class dance team; Winnetka Park Ballet Folklor Mexsal; the Rancho La Tunera Charros; Magic Mountain characters; and the CSUN Police Department Motorcycle and K9 units.

Sponsors and Granada Hills Chamber of Commerce officials describe the event as the "largest holiday parade celebration in the San Fernando Valley," attracting as many as 10,000 spectators.