Parade to Celebrate Community

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By Andrea Primer, Special to the Independent

Photo by Matt Cole   Patriots Day Parade honorees, from left, Arnold and Bonnie Hano, Michelle Brown, Joseph A. Pursch, Grand Marshal Capt. Jason Ehret, an unidentified girl, Dee Challis Davy and Brock Csira
Photo by Matt Cole
Patriots Day Parade honorees, from left, Arnold and Bonnie Hano, Michelle Brown, Joseph A. Pursch, Grand Marshal Capt. Jason Ehret, an unidentified girl, Dee Challis Davy and Brock Csira

Laguna Beach prepares for the 47th annual Patriots Day Parade this Saturday, March 2, a day when the community is celebrated through art, pride and togetherness celebrating this year’s theme, “All Together Now”.

All those planning on visiting downtown Laguna should be prepared for road closures, traffic and more trouble than usual finding parking. Between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., traffic will be heavily congested in the downtown, advises the city’s fire department. Coast Highway and Laguna Canyon Road will be open during the parade, but traffic will be heavily congested due to the surrounding road closures.

The projected weather forecast for the weekend is 81 degrees, prompting not only a fun filled day, but a beautiful one and a reason to break out the sunscreen.

Laguna Beach resident, Jennifer O’Neal, 42, says, “This will be my fifth year going to the parade. Every year is even more exciting than the last. My family and I love to go and see all the entries and also to spend the day appreciating where we live and the community of people we surround ourselves with.”parade ridder_girl_scouts_parade_3_3_12_#214

This year’s theme was selected after careful consideration by organizers. “As everyone in Laguna Beach knows, the annual Patriots Day Parade is not a political event,” said parade vice president, Charlie Quilter.  “Over the years, we have picked themes that remind us that patriotism comes in many forms and that the spirit of love of country and community should unify us, not divide us.  We respectfully suggest that 2013 be a time that we all work side-by-side toward the common goals that we aspire to as a united people.”

This year, along with the regular parade entries, there will be some new additions. The Laguna Beach chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution, one of the founders of the parade, will team up with Furnishing Hope, and include war-injured veterans as part of their entry. “Laguna Beach’s DAR chapter works with Furnishing Hope to help wounded warrior’s furnish their homes when they return,” said DAR’s Lori Savit.

parade ridder_kyne_dance_academy_parade_3_3_12_#259Another parade founder, Laguna’s Exchange Club, will spotlight local residents Skipper Carrillo and Sandi Werthe in their car, entry No. 24, as recipients of their “Golden Deeds” award. Carrillo received this award in 2006, and Werthe and her late husband, Hal Werthe, received it in 2012.

Along with these veteran parade entries are some new additions, many related to dogs.  Anything Canine, SoCal Pitbull Team, and the Pet Rescue Center, as well as Transition Laguna Beach and Growers First will all be showing their canine and community support with their entries.

The Laguna Beach business entries will be joined by parade honorees, who were awarded their respected titles during a brunch last month. The honorees include Capt. Jason Ehret, a U.S. Navy Seals, as grand marshall, Joseph A. Pursch as patriot of the year and Bonnie and Arnold Hano as citizens of the year.

This year’s parade line-up will include 97 entries, from restaurants, small businesses, musicians and many others. Once the parade is over, an awards ceremony will take place at the Art-A-Fair/Tivoli Too grounds.

The first parade, on Feb. 22, 1967, was created from a dream by Emily Ross for a parade that would, “instill in our youth love of country and respect for the Flag.”

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47th Patriots Day Parade Lineup

  1. Laguna Beach Police Motor Escort
  2. Parade Banner, Laguna Beach Boy Scouts
  3. American Legion/Veterans of Foreign Wars Combined Color Guard
  4. 3d Marine Aircraft Wing Band, Marine Corps Air Station, Miramar
  5. Parade President Ed Hanke II
  6. Parade Theme Banner, Laguna Beach Girl Scouts
  7. Grand Marshal Capt. Jason Ehret, U.S. Navy Seal
  8. South Orange County Vietnam Veterans
  9. Honored Patriot of the Year Joseph A. Pursch, M.D., U.S. Navy
  10. Laguna Beach City Council and Officials
  11. Citizens of the Year Bonnie and Arnold Hano
  12. Laguna Beach Unified School District Board of Education
  13. SchoolPower
  14. Laguna Beach High School Band
  15. Junior Citizens of the Year Michelle Brown and Brock Csira
  16. Laguna Beach High School Alumni Association
  17. Athlete of the Year Drake Martinez
  18. Laguna Beach Unified School District Elementary Band
  19. Artists of the Year “Pageant of the Masters”
  20. Pageant of the Masters
  21. Bassett High School Band, La Puente
  22. Orange County Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution
  23. Patience Wright Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution
  24. Exchange Club of Laguna Beach
  25. Beach Harbor Limousine
  26. Kyne Dance Academy of Laguna Beach
  27. Laguna Beach Library
  28. Ralphs—Laguna Beach
  29. Pacific Marine Mammal Center
  30. Capistrano Valley Model A Club
  31. Laguna Beach Little League
  32. San Clemente Scots
  33. Laguna Beach Police Department
  34. Boy Scout Troop 35/Cub Scout Pack 35
  35. Girl Scouts of Laguna Beach
  36. Townsend Jr. High School Band, Chino Hills
  37. Boys and Girls Club of Laguna Beach
  38. La Playa Center/Orange County Model A Ford Club
  39. Hobie Sports
  40. Laguna Beach
  41. AIDS Services Foundation
  42. Guide Dogs for the Blind, VIP3 Puppy Raisers
  43. Laguna Beach Seniors
  44. Laguna Beach Community Clinic
  45. Laguna Beach Parents Club
  46. Mission Hospital—Laguna Beach
  47. Laguna Beach Independent/Laguna Beach Magazine
  48. Y-Adventure Guides and Sunshine Nation
  49. Jurupa Valley High School Band
  50. Soroptimist International of Laguna Beach
  51. Orange County Affiliate, Susan G. Komen for the Cure
  52. So Cal Pitbull Team
  53. StuNews Laguna
  54. KX 93.5 Radio
  55. Rialto Middle School Band
  56. Walt and Pam Otto
  57. Coastline Pilot
  58. Pet Rescue Center
  59. Art-a-Fair
  60. Laguna News-Post
  61. JJ and the Habibis Laguna Beach Belly Dancers
  62. No Square Theatre
  63. Ruby’s Diner
  64. Anything Canine
  65. Laguna Playhouse
  66. Assistance League of Laguna Beach/Assisteens
  67. Laguna Laughter Club
  68. Palmdale High School Band
  69. Laguna Beach Rotary Club
  70. Diamond Crestview Neighbors
  71. United Studios of Self Defense
  72. Waste Management
  73. Laguna Beach Fire Department
  74. Laguna Beach Lifeguards
  75. Laguna Beach Water Polo Club
  76. Laguna Beach Sister Cities Association
  77. Tivoli Terrace and Tivoli Too!
  78. Ebell Club of Laguna Beach
  79. Laguna Coffee Company
  80. Foothills Middle School Band, Arcadia
  81. Excalibur Car Club
  82. HIP District
  83. Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce
  84. Combined Honors Choruses of Top of the World and El Morro Elementary Schools
  85. Laguna Beach Garden Club
  86. Laguna Board of Realtors
  87. First Team Estates
  88. Laguna Escrow Services
  89. Oaks Middle School Band, Ontario
  90. Dave DePierro
  91. Laguna Art Museum
  92. Laguna Beach Film Society
  93. Highland High School Band, Palmdale
  94. Sawdust Art Festival
  95. Transition Laguna Beach
  96. Growers First—Kids Helping Kids
  97. Spurs & Satin
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