Barring a tsunami, the Patriots Day Parade will take place Saturday.
Sentiment and precedent favor marching, rain or shine, Patriots Day Parade Assn. Vice President and acting meteorologist Charles Quilter II said Wednesday. The parade has been canceled only once, in 1985, the pre-dawn decision of association President Hal Werthe, and by parade time the sun was out.
“And some of the participants marched,” Quilter said.
The U.S. Marine Corps Band has notified Quilter that they will be bringing both “dress blues” and camouflage uniforms in case it rains, but in one outfit or another they will march.
Weather reports are being posted on www.LBparade.org, but predictions are iffy until about 12 hours before the parade is due to begin at 11 a.m., Quilter said.
The parade was first held on President Washington’s birthday, celebrated at that time Feb. 22. Subsequently the event was on the Saturday between President Lincoln’s and Washington’s birthdays. With rain more probable in February than in March — unless there is an El Niño in progress — the date was changed to the first Saturday in March.
“But it’s still winter and rain is a possibility,” Quilter said.
The 44th annual Laguna Beach Patriots Day Parade will begin at 11 a.m.
Marchers will head down Park Avenue from the staging area at Laguna Beach High School and the school district parking lot, make a right turn onto Glenneyre Street and another right on Forest Avenue, continuing to the reviewing stand in front of City Hall.
Parking will be prohibited on the parade route from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Programs listing the entries, honorees biographies, parade history, a chronology of the city, past honorees and the winning student essay will be available, funded by ads bought by local organizations and businesses.
The parade is the brainchild of the late Emily Ross.
A member of the Daughters of the American Revolution Patience Wright Chapter in Laguna, Ross envisioned a parade that would instill a love of country and respect for the flag in the city’s youth.
The first parade was held Feb. 22, 1967. Ross was assisted by Laguna Beach Exchange Club President Roy Marcom Jr. and members of the Laguna DAR and Exchange Club.
She nurtured the parade until she moved in 1978 from Laguna to Placerville. Ross died on Memorial Day in 1989 at age 97.
The all-volunteer Patriots Day Parade Assn. carries on what Ross began.
Volunteers spend six months a year organizing the event.
Quilter, the 1993 Patriot of the Year, has joked that honorees are expected to volunteer. He served as parade chairman from 1998 to 2000, from 2002 to 2004 and from 2007 to 2009.
The parade has achieved the status of tradition, an important distinction in Laguna. Quilter has said that one half of the town marches in the parade, the other half watches.
“Freedom’s Legacy” is the theme of the 2010 parade.
“The word ‘freedom’ always figures prominently when Americans try to define our nation’s values because, indeed, it is the key to understanding our heritage and identity,” association President Michael Lyons said. “Therefore, we believe that it is important to remind ourselves that freedom is not just a simple slogan, but rather an ideal to be both cherished and protected in a rapidly changing world.
“We hope that this year’s theme will also inspire [everyone] to reflect on its meaning.”
Note: Parade entries should visit the check-in desk on Short Street and Park Avenue by 10:15 a.m. at the latest.
1. Laguna Beach Police Motor Escort
2. Parade Banner, Laguna Beach Girl Scouts
3. United States Marine Corps Mounted Color Guard, Barstow
4. 3d Marine A/C Wing Band, MCAS Miramar
5. Parade President Michael Lyons
6. Parade Theme Banner, Laguna Beach Boy Scouts
7. Grand Marshal Diane “Dee” Challis
8. American Legion Post 222/Veterans of Foreign Wars Combined Color Guard
9. Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5868 and Auxiliary
10. Honored Patriot Dave Connell, U.S. Navy
11. South Orange County Vietnam Veterans
12. Citizens of the Year Dr. Tom Bent and Dr. Korey Jorgensen
13. Laguna Beach Community Clinic
14. Laguna Beach High School Marching Band
15. Laguna Beach Unified School District Board
16. Junior Citizens of the Year Hannah Glass and Austin Giangeruso
17. Laguna Beach High School Alumni Association
18. Southern California Peruvian Paso Horse Club
19. Laguna Beach City Council and Officials
20. Laguna Beach Unified School District Elementary Band
21. Exchange Club of Laguna Beach
22. Friends of Laguna Beach Dog Park
23. Daughters of the American Revolution, Patience Wright Chapter
24. Laguna Beach Seniors
25. Tivoli Terrace and Tivoli Too!
26. Rotary Club of Laguna Beach
27. Camp Pendleton Young Marines
28. Pacific Marine Mammal Center
29. Oaks Middle School Band, Ontario
30. Laguna Beach Little League
31. Guide Dogs for the Blind—VIP3 Puppy Raisers
32. Pageant of the Masters
33. Miss Linda’s Castle
34. The National Children’s Study
35. South Coast Y-Princesses and Y-Guides
36. San Clemente Scots Pipe Band
37. Laguna Beach Police Department
38. Boys and Girls Club of Laguna Beach
39. LaPlaya Center and Orange County Model A Club
40. Laguna Beach Fire Department
41. Laguna Beach Library
42. R Star Foundation
43. Orange County Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution
44. Townsend Junior High Band, Chino Hills
45. St. Catherine of Siena School
46. Kings Order of El Mysah
48. Waste Management of Orange County
49. Laguna Beach Girl Scouts
50. Boy Scout Troop 35/Cub Scout Pack 35
51. A & D Music
52. Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce
53. Coastline Pilot
54. Soroptimist International of Laguna Beach
55. Assistance League Assisteens of Laguna Beach
56. Laguna Beach Independent
57. Kyne Dance Academy of Laguna Beach
58. Laguna Beach Sister Cities Association
59. Laguna News-Post
60. The Bunco Babes
61. Oak Avenue Middle School Band, Temple City
62. Capistrano Valley Model A Club
63. Diamond Crestview Neighbors
64. Doctor’s Ambulance
64a. Mission Hospital — Laguna Beach
65. Bassett High School Band, La Puente
66. Ebell Club of Laguna Beach
67. Excalibur Car Club
68. No Square Theatre
69. Laguna Laughter Club
70. Walter Otto
71. Laguna Beach High/Thurston Buddy Club
72. Antelope Valley High School Band, Lancaster
73. Laguna Beach Garden Club
74. Laguna Beach County Water District
76. Sawdust Art Festival
77. Ruby’s Diner
78. Hobie Sports
79. Tetzlaff Middle School Band, Cerritos
80. United Studios of Self Defense
81. Laguna Coffee Company
82. Cal Elite Kids, Rancho Santa Margarita
83. Village Laguna
84. Laguna Beach Peace Vigil
85. Fountain Valley Marching Band
86. H.I.P. District
87. Victoria Skimboards
88. AIDS Services Foundation
89. Andrus Plumbing & Heating
90. Rick Strollo
91. Honors Chorus of Top of the World and El Morro Elementary Schools
92. Laguna Beach Film Society
93. Laguna Beach Volleyball
94. Rialto Middle School Band, Rialto
95. World War II Rangers Lead the Way—Peter Salomon
96. Mel Jackson: Fitness Thru Dance and Imagination
97. Beach City Mopeds
98. Spurs & Satin