Laguna Beach Patriots Day Parade to honor volunteerism

Laguna Beach Patriots Day Parade organizers have announced the theme for the upcoming procession.

The 56th edition of the community event will celebrate “Volunteer Heroes,” a theme that will honor the wide range of volunteers seen across the city.

Parade Entry Chair Sandi Werthe suggested the theme, saying many of the entries the parade receives are volunteer-related.

“Everyone agreed that ‘Volunteer Heroes’ would work because everyone in town – a lot of the bands that go in the parade and a lot of things in town – are done by volunteers,” said Edward Hanke, chairman of the committee. parade, said. “Part of Laguna being Laguna is that everyone volunteers to do things, and I think that’s what helps to do a lot of things.”

Hanke, who was chosen for the famous “Last Supper” reproduction that concludes the living picture show Pageant of the Masters, said he thinks people generally find the experience of volunteering rewarding.

“They couldn’t have the Pageant if it wasn’t for the volunteers,” Hanke said. “They have over 500 volunteers every year who come to help with the show. That’s all the revenue coming into the city, which is great.

The parade committee will meet next month to select the winners of the parade, which is set to parade through the streets of Laguna Beach on Saturday, March 4.

Community members are encouraged to submit nominations for Grand Marshal, Citizen of the Year, Artist of the Year and Athlete of the Year. Nominators are asked to provide background information about the person they have nominated for consideration by the committee.

Applications should be submitted to Werthe at [email protected]

Young Citizens of the Year are selected by Laguna Beach High School.

After the coronavirus pandemic sidelined the parade, it returned last year with the theme “Towards Community and Unity”.

“A lot of them … tend to be imagined [based on] where we are with the parade,” Hanke said of the parade themes. “With COVID and everything, we realized that a lot of things are done thanks to volunteers.”

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