Two Annual Holiday Parades Bring Good Cheer to High Desert

Two annual holiday parades were held in the cities of Adelanto and Victorville. In Victorville, over 80 parade entries traveled down 7th Street on Saturday, December 5. Touting the theme: “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” this year’s event honored the military, especially those who won’t be home during the holidays. The Victorville Kiwanis Club chose that theme back in July, and it seemed when the date arrived it was a very fitting one considering the attacks in Paris and the San Bernardino County shooting. The Orenda Foundation was the Grand Marshal for the Victorville parade, a charity that helps homeless veterans by giving them a place to live, and assistance with finding employment, plus other services. Adelanto’s 11th Annual Christmas Parade was held on Saturday, December 12, with over 85 entries, the largest number yet. California Assemblyman Jay Obernolte acted as Grand Marshal for Adelanto’s parade, driven by educator Charles Gehrke. Following them came the city’s Mayor Rich Kerr and several council members and commissioners. Both parades had similarities with ROTC groups, school bands, dance troupes, pet groomers, car clubs, and individuals all joining in the fun. Santa and Mrs. Claus appeared at the end of each parade, to the delight of children and grown-ups alike.

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