History

posted by admin @ 7:09 AM
November 14, 2012

PARADE HISTORY

The Beginning

The parade was originally put on by a couple of non-profit organizations and was the old-fashioned method of kids in the neighborhood riding their bikes, pulling a decorated red wagon with the family’s favorite pet inside, walkers with their pets on leashes, a few floats from some local businesses, and a band.  The City participated in the 2003 parade that year and changes were suggested for the following year.

Planning and Preparation

The idea of the City taking over the Christmas Parade was initially suggested in October 2004, by the then seated Mayor.  The City Clerk’s office and Public Works Dept. were contacted and informed of this endeavor.  Putting on an event such as this required research and scrambling to put together the City’s 1st Annual Parade in December 2004 that had about 40+ entries.

Having survived that first parade and learning what worked and didn’t; we built on that foundation.  With every year striving to provide something different and creating programs with incentives for participants.

The Chairman and Vice Chairman play a very important role in coordinating this event.  Working hand in hand with each other they begin planning in August.

From 2005-2011 the parade has continued to develop and soon there were 50+ entries.  We recruited a Parade Announcer from the radio station KAT-Country and then from K-FROG.   Vendors then started requesting to be on location of the parade and our spectator numbers begin to increase.

Presently

Today we can proudly say we have over 66+ entries.  Our reputation of putting on a quality parade has paid off.  We have participants calling us in September asking to be considered for the parade.  The parade line up this year will have six high school bands, four junior high/other bands, drill teams, color guards, ROTC teams, various car clubs, non-profit organizations entering floats, and entertainment by The Santa Fe Drifters, High Desert Mariachis, The Apple Valley Shrine Club, Blandford Memorial Bag Piper Band, and for the first time this year the Intertribal Bird Singers from San Manuel, Soboba, Torres Martinez and Santa Rosa Indian nations will participate. The Parade Committee has no set CAP on the amount of entries it will accept.

The task of recruiting volunteers to operate this event has become easier.  The public is contacting the parade committee to volunteer their services in support of this event.

After the parade and at the first City Council meeting in January the City Council distributes to the winners trophies, plaques, and cash prizes.

Helping School Programs

More incentive programs have been added to draw the participants to the parade.   The Parade Committee’s goal is to try and support all schools in the High Desert who have Marching Bands, Drill Teams, Color Guards, or After School Programs by offering cash prizes.

Feeding the Hungry and Giving Bikes to Children

The Parade Committee has also seized the opportunity to use the holiday season to try and give back to the community.  By being creative in working with the local School District in having the Adelanto Schools participate in a can drive; which stocks up the two local food pantries in the community.  In exchange for providing a donated can good the child is given a chance to put their name in a drawing to win a boy or girl bicycle that has been donated by the Parade Sponsors.

Funding of the Parade

The Parade Committee begins its task of finding sponsors in early fall to cover the expenditures of putting on this event.  They also coordinate a golf tournament to help raise funds for the event.  Depending on the size of the parade it can cost anywhere from $14,000-$23,000.  The Parade Committee works hard to raise enough donations to cover this wonderful tradition of having a City parade.   The Adelanto Community Benefit Corporation  is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization that funds our community events.

Santa Claus Program

Following the parade the children are invited to visit Santa Claus in the Desert Trails Elementary School Cafeteria.  Santa greets each child, takes a photo shot with them, and presents them with a goody bag.

Parade Committee

The Parade Committee consists of a unique group of people. They volunteer many hours in preparation and in working the day of the parade. Everyone works together to make the event a success.

Sponsors

These special people share the same passion and understanding of what it means to want to hold on to traditions of having a Christmas Parade.  Being able to celebrate the holiday season with family and friends and promoting community spirit in bringing together people from all walks of life is truly inspiring.  Through their generosity they have kept this tradition from becoming nonexistent.

After the parade and at the first City Council meeting in December the City Council distributes the Sponsorship Awards.


A note from Santa

It's been extra chilly here at the North Pole, the elves all have their warm socks on and Mrs. Claus has been baking her famous Christmas pie to keep all of us warm and merry!

The elves are all busily working on their toys for this year's holiday season and it looks like there are some good ones.

I hope you've all been good, don't forget, I check my list twice!

Merry Christmas and see you soon!
~Santa

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