4th of July Parade 2011

Huntington Beach Fourth Of July Parade Wows Thousands

By Chris MacDonald, Writer, HB Ambassador/The Local News Columnist
Photograph by Leslie Gilson of The Huntington Beach Tree Society

Recently, I had the honor of co-holding the International Surfing Museum Huntington Beach banner before its float, featuring The Slacktone Surf Band, in the wonderful HB 4th of July Parade. The band had several great musicians, including guitarist Jimmy Dale, whose dad, Dick, King of the Surf Guitar, was the Celebrity Grand Marshall. The crowd went wild in enthusiastic applause and whistles, listening to the Slacktone’s energetic and well-played music.

Dick was behind the Museum Float, which also carried some museum leaders and was designed and driven by Dave and Kellie Reynolds. The float was followed by Dick’s friend and museum founder, Natalie Kotsch, the parade’s Community Grand Marshall.

It was my fifth year walking in the parade and it was a blast being part of such community pride. What a special thrill it was, getting to walk the route and wave to all my friends and fellow HBers as well as happy guests to our city. Its fantastic to see the thousands upon thousands of patriotic people enjoying Huntington Beach, its bands, military, police and fire departments, officials, Cub Scouts and so many other groups of participants from all over.

I think we all owe a big “THANKS” to everyone involved in putting the on biggest parade of its kind west of the Mississippi River, including HB Public Works, Traffic Control, The City Information Office, Explorer Scouts, and especially the hard work of Pat Stier, Stacey Newtown, Linda Vircks, Chris Young, Gil Coerper, all the other committee members and field announcers, like the legendary Matt Liffering. Thanks also for the marching 3-1 Marines and its Foundation’s participation in the event. Kudos also to the old military planes dazzling flyovers in formations and our own police helicopter salutes. For those who missed it, tune in to HBTV to see the rebroadcast on Channel 3. It’s a fun production to watch.

It looked like the largest crowd I’ve seen at any parade. HB really knows how to put on a party celebrating our proud nation’s Independence Day. Congratulations HB!

1. Chris MacDonald, HB Ambassador, co-holding the banner with Pulitzer Prize Nominee Craig MacDonald, in front of the International Surfing Museum HB float, featuring The Slacktone Band and Jimmy Dale.

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