Parade Organizers Announce Artist, Athlete Honorees

Carol Reynolds
Carol Reynolds

Carol Reynolds, co-founder of the Laguna Beach Community Band, and world champion surfers Ian Cairns and Alisa Schwarzstein Cairns, were named artist and athletes of the year by organizers of the 48th Laguna Beach Patriots Day Parade, it was announced this week.

The honorees will help lead the Saturday, March 1, parade, where more than 100 entries are expected.

A French horn player and 35-year music teacher, Reynolds served on the city’s arts commission in 1992 and continues to serve on several boards, including the Sister Cities Association, as well as serving musically wherever needed, such as at the Christmas breakfast for the homeless. The band she helped start with eight players in 1998 now numbers 65.

Ian Cairns, a native of Australia, was named to the Huntington Beach Surfers Hall of Fame in 2010. Alisa, a Laguna Beach High School graduate and mother of twin boys, was the 1980 women’s world amateur champion and co-coaches the high school surf team.

Ian and Alisa Cairns
Ian and Alisa Cairns

Reynolds and the Cairns and their fellow parade honorees will be featured at the Parade’s Sunday, Feb. 2 honorees fundraiser brunch at Tivoli Terrace from 11:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m., organizer Sandi Werthe said in an announcement.

The brunch helps support the all-volunteer parade, whose theme this year is “Home of the Free, Because of the Brave.” Parade program ads and donations also underwrite the effort.

The program ad deadline is Jan. 6 and the entry deadline is Jan. 10. For information on either, contact Werthe at [email protected] or (949)494-6016.  The parade website:


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