The theme of this year’s 67th annual Jaycees Christmas parade is “Christmas at the Cinema.” The parade will be held December 9, beginning at 9:30 a.m. along Broadway from Escondido High School to Grape Day Park.
“Christmas at the Cinema” is the theme that all entries must at least make some attempt to address. This year the theme was the brainchild of Jeff Beck, the director of the Valley Center High School band, one of four high school bands that takes part in the parade each year. The others are Escondido High School, Orange Glen High School and San Pasqual High School.
Kim Michel, who is chairing the parade for the third year, but is also the Jaycees’ president told The Times Advocate: “I’m curious and excited to see how people put two themes together.”
The Escondido Jaycees Christmas parade is the longest running community event in North County.
The parade begins at 9:30 a.m. and will be over about two hours later. About 100 entries are expected, including four marching bands, the city council, Mayor Sam Abed, Assemblywoman Marie Waldron of the 75th District, all riding in convertibles.
The parade is run completely by volunteers. Organizers pride themselves on a community feel as most of the parade entries and volunteers are from Escondido and have been participating over several generations. The club has about 25 members—and is always looking for more.
Some other examples of parade entries are youth karate and tae kwon do, Little League baseball teams, Boy Scout and girl scout groups, school clubs, and equestrian groups. There will also be queens from the Valley Center Stampede Rodeo, Vista, Escondido and Rancho Bernardo.
Also participating will be the Al Bahr Shriners and their cute ¼ size Tin Lizzies and the popular Ronald MacDonald and a Salute to Veterans Float. Doug Newberry of the Escondido Historical Society will bring some of the Escondido History Center’s Model T’s.
This year for the first time the Escondido Times-Advocate is the media partner for the parade.
Awards will be given out about half an hour after the end of the parade at Grape Day Park. They will be presented at the Train Station stage. Participants are required to show up for their awards, as they committee won’t hold onto them afterwards and or try to deliver them.
The parade is a fundraiser for the Jaycees, and so the club will be selling advertising space in the program that volunteers will be passing out along the parade route. The programs are free to the public.
Michel’s co-chairman is Dave Blickenstaff, who has actually been involved in putting on the parade for many years. “He’s been doing this much longer than I have,” said Michel. “He’s a huge help.”
Christmas on Maple
An event that will take place in conjunction with the parade is the Christmas on Maple celebration, which will be held from 10 a.m. –3 p.m. on Maple Plaza.
Did you make your list and check it twice? Come shop at the Holiday Boutique where they will have over 50 plus vendors selling wonderful unique and hand-crafted items to help you finish your holiday shopping. There really is something for everyone, including your pets.
Many local businesses and restaurants have deeply discounted specials for the Holidays. Give them a look and remember to shop local.
Multicultural Holiday Festival
Multicultural entertainment will follow the parade, put on by the U.S.A. Multicultural Entertainment Group.
Air times for the parade, on the City of Escondido website, are:
December 19 (Tuesday 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.)
December 21 (Thursday 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.)
December 26 (Tuesday 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.)
December 28 (Thursday 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.)
The 67th Annual Escondido Christmas Parade, sponsored by the Escondido Jaycees, will be held on Saturday, December 9, 2017, from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The parade will start at Escondido High School, 1535 N. Broadway Avenue, and will continue south on Broadway for 1.5 miles to Grape Day Park at Woodward Avenue.
The Escondido Police Department is notifying all motorists traveling through Escondido on Saturday, December 9, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. to plan an alternate route. Broadway will be closed to all traffic from Rincon Avenue north of Escondido High School, south along the parade route to E. Valley Parkway, including all intersections along the parade route. Motorists wishing to bypass the parade route are advised to use Valley Parkway from the south and Rincon to Country Club Lane from the north.
In addition, eastbound SR 78 will be closed to through traffic onto Broadway (traffic will be directed north or south on I-15 and Centre City Parkway) and westbound SR 78 will be closed from Ash St. Centre City Parkway will be open to north and southbound traffic.
The Escondido City Hall and California Center for the Arts, Escondido parking lots will be closed to the public. These lots are reserved for parade personnel and an unrelated holiday event.
For parade information, contact the Escondido Jaycees via the internet at www.escondidojaycees.org.