Will the Parade Go On, Weather or Not?

No Square Theater came prepared for inclement weather. Patriots Day Parade 2011
No Square Theater came prepared for inclement weather. Patriots Day Parade 2011

The 48th Laguna Beach Patriots Day Parade is scheduled to step off at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 1, from Laguna Beach High School if it’s not raining hard. The National Weather Service is predicting a “strong” storm starting Friday night and continuing into parade day.

In preparation for the storm, extra city personnel will be on duty, making sure main storm drain inlets are clear, ensuring that equipment is positioned to respond, as well as monitoring the weather, City Manager John Pietig said.

Parade organizer Sandi Worthe says, “Keep your collective fingers crossed that we don’t have to cancel after six months work organizing our parade!” The final determination as to whether the parade takes place or not, will be made on Saturday morning. Worthe advises parade goers to check with her, 949 494-6016 or call the police department’s non-emergency number, 949 497-0701, for parade information.

To accommodate the parade and crowds, portions of downtown streets and adjacent streets will be closed to vehicular traffic beginning at 10 a.m. Free public parking will be available adjacent to City Hall as the farmer’s market will not be open. The city’s mainline bus service will maintain its regular Saturday schedule, with the exception of omitting service to the Susi Q Center on Third Street during the parade.

Traffic alert reminders via text message and email will be sent to subscribers beginning Friday, Feb. 28. (Subscribe at www.lagunabeachcity.net and click on the “Traffic Alerts” icon.) If a cancellation is necessary, a notice will be posted on the city website and signage will be placed along the parade route.

Parade organizers are honoring grand marshal Janet Evans, Olympic gold medal swimmer and Laguna Beach resident; patriot Robert R. Mosier, U.S. Army Air Force World War II pilot; citizen of the year, Wayne Baglin; junior citizens Perry Nielson and Garrett Burk; artist of the year Carol Reynolds; and athletes of the year, Alisa Schwarzstein Cairns and Ian Cairns.

The parade is to set out from Park Avenue and Legion Street, proceeds down Park Avenue, and threads through Glenneyre Street and Forest Avenue to end at City Hall.   Once the parade is over, an awards ceremony will take place at the Art-A-Fair/Tivoli Too grounds. Parade programs will be available along the parade route.

For further  information, check the parade website:  www.lagunabeachparade.org.


  1. Laguna Beach Police Motor Escort
  2. Parade Banner, Laguna Beach Girl 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
  6. Theme Banner, Laguna Beach Boy Scouts
  7. Grand Marshal Janet Evans, Olympic Gold Medal Swimmer
  8. Pageant of the Masters
  9. South Orange County Vietnam Veterans
  10. Honored Patriot Robert R. Mosier, U.S. Army Air Corps, World War II
  11. Laguna Beach City Council
  12. Citizen of the Year Wayne Baglin
  13. Laguna Beach High School Band
  14. Junior Citizens of the Year Perry Nielson and Garrett Burk
  15. Laguna Beach Unified School District Board of Education
  16. SchoolPower
  17. Laguna Beach Unified School District Elementary Band
  18. Laguna Beach High School Scholarship Foundation
  19. Athletes of the Year Alisa Schwarzstein Cairns and Ian Cairns
  20. Laguna Beach Sister Cities Association
  21. Artist of the Year Carol Reynolds
  22. Orange County Chapter, Sons of American Revolution
  23. Patience Wright Chapter, Daughters of American Revolution
  24. Exchange Club of Laguna Beach
  25. Foothill High Band, Santa Ana
  26. Assistance League of Laguna Beach and Assisteens
  27. Guide Dogs for the Blind/VIP3 Puppy Raisers
  28. Laguna Beach Garden Club
  29. Laguna Beach Parents Club
  30. Laguna Beach Seniors
  31. Pet Rescue Center
  32. Laguna Beach Beautification Council
  33. Kyne Dance Academy of Laguna Beach
  34. Pacific Marine Mammal Center
  35. Capistrano Valley Model A Club
  36. Laguna Beach Fire Department
  37. Laguna Beach Lifeguards
  38. Laguna Beach Water Polo Club
  39. Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce
  40. Palmdale High School Band
  41. HIP District
  42. Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach
  43. LaPlaya Center/Orange County Model A Ford Club
  44. Laguna Beach Police Department
  45. YMCA Adventure Guides
  46. Laguna Tunes
  47. L.B. Girl Scouts
  48. Boy Scout Troop 35 and Cub Scout Pack 35
  49. Ralphs Grocery


  1. Laguna Beach Library
  2. Glennwood House of Laguna Beach
  3. Laguna Beach Little League
  4. Walnut High School Band
  5. Laguna Food Pantry
  6. Friendship Shelter
  7. AIDS Services Foundation
  8. Mission Hospital—Laguna Beach
  9. Doctor’s Ambulance Service
  10. Laguna Beach HIV Advisory Committee
  11. Laguna Beach Community Clinic
  12. Excalibur Car Club
  13. Laguna Board of Realtors
  14. Hobie Surf Shop
  15. Ebell Club and Ebell Philanthropies
  16. Laguna News-Post
  17. JJ and the Habibis Laguna Beach Belly Dancers
  18. Sawdust Festival
  19. Coastline Pilot
  20. Jurupa Valley High School Band
  21. Stu News Laguna
  22. St. Catherine of Siena School
  23. Rotary Club of Laguna Beach
  24. Diamond Crestview Neighbors
  25. 10th Annual Blue Water Music Festival
  26. Laguna Coffee Company
  27. Tivoli Terrace/Tivoli Too!
  28. Laguna Beach Independent and Laguna Beach Magazine
  29. Bassett High School Band, La Puente
  30. Ruby’s Diner
  31. Orange County Affiliate, Susan G. Komen
  32. Soroptimist International of Laguna Beach
  33. Transition Laguna Beach
  34. Combined Honors Chorus of Top of World and El Morro Elementary Schools
  35. Laguna College of Art & Design
  36. Laguna Playhouse
  37. Laguna Laughter Club
  38. No Square Theatre
  39. Rialto Middle School Band
  40. Woman’s Club of Laguna Beach
  41. O. E. Steinert 1931 Ford Truck
  42. Art Cars
  43. Waste Management
  44. Sunny Days Retail
  45. Oaks Middle School Band, Ontario
  46. KX93.5 Radio
  47. World War II Rangers Lead the Way
  48. United Studios of Self Defense
  49. Spurs & Satin
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