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Friday, November 13, 2009

Weekend Pick: La Palma Days 25th Anniversary Parade kicks off Saturday at 10 a.m.

The City of La Palma will celebrate the 25th Anniversary of La Palma Days on Saturday, November 14, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Central Park, 7821 Walker Street.

The volunteer La Palma Days Coordinating Committee has been working diligently to provide the La Palma community with an event to remember.

The Band Review starts at 9:45 a.m. with the community parade beginning at 10:00 a.m. Special guests joining the parade this year are the 1st Marine Division Band from Camp Pendleton. Representatives from La Palma’s Sister City, Hanam, South Korea, will be on hand at the community festival following the parade to provide information and answer questions about their community.

On Saturday, November 14, over 130 units, including Honorary Grand Marshal Mickey Mouse, marching bands, dignitaries, schools, organizations, and community groups, will march down Walker Street in the annual La Palma Days Parade and Band Review. Considered one of Southern California’s premiere events, the Band Review will feature 30 high school and junior high school bands competing for top honors.

After the conclusion of the parade, Central Park will host the La Palma Days community festival. The festival will feature games and activities for all ages, entertainment, great food, specialty vendors, cultural and historical displays, and arts and crafts. To purchase discounted wristbands, which are good for all activities except for the midway games, please visit the La Palma Recreation and Community Services Department prior to 5:00 p.m. on Friday, November 13. After that time, tickets or wristbands may be purchased at the event on November 14.

The main Pavilion Stage will feature various cultural and family entertainers throughout the day and the Arts and Crafts, and Cultural and Historical sections will provide unique opportunities for families to learn more about La Palma and its diverse community. Visit the craft booths and get a jump on your holiday shopping with a variety of handcrafted items. Come hungry as 14 food vendors will be offering delectable treats and international cuisine to satisfy everyone’s taste buds.

Entertainment Schedule:
11:00 a.m. 80’s Rewind (Tribute to the 80’s)
12:15 p.m. La Palma Recreation, Jazz, Tap & Ballet Dancers &
Linda Buell’s Dance Workshop
12:00 – 5:00 p.m. Pickles the Clown (Balloon Animals)
11:00 – 6:00 p.m. Air Brush Tattoos
1:00 p.m. Mariachi Divas (Mariachi Performers)
2:00 p.m. The Side Effects (Doo Wop a Cappella)
3:00 – 3:45 p.m. Country Kickers (Line Dancers)
3:45 – 4:15 p.m. Joo Korean Dance Institute
4:30 – 5:00 p.m. Sarasona (2009 La Palma/Cypress Battle of the Bands Winner)

For more information please visit call the Recreation and Community Services Department at (714) 690-3350.


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