The parade featured the Central Union High School Great Spartan Band, the Cattle Call Little Miss Princess and queen, members of the U.S. Navy, the Sunrunners Car Club of Imperial Valley and the Bodacious Desert Trails Red Hatters.
Some watched from where they were playing on the golf course while others emerged from their homes saying they just woke up for the noon parade.
“On New Year’s Day, everyone’s off so to get everyone together like this is pretty cool,” Sunrunners President Mike Taylor said.
About 15 cars from the club participated in the parade including a 1933 Ford Flathead V8.
Boas, beads and everything purple and red adorned the Red Hatters’ golf carts that rolled through carrying waving and beaming club members.
“The fashion police doesn’t apply to Red Hatters,” Desert Trails Red Hatters Queen Mother Mary Fitzurka said laughing.
Jack Kirby of the Desert Trails Activities Department said that the parade is a “treat” for the more than 800 senior citizens who live at Desert Trails RV Park.
He said the parade has been growing each year and would like the community to get more involved in coming years.
“A lot of people don’t know what we have down here,” he said. “We’d like to see the city come down and watch it.”
Staff Writer Chelcey Adami can be reached at 760-337-3452 or firstname.lastname@example.org