By Nikki Garrett
(Adelanto)–The sun was shining and the crowd was cheering as the high school bands, floats, and veterans groups and cheerleaders marched down the parade route for Adelanto’s 7th Annual Christmas Parade.
An animated crowd hungry for the spirit of Christmas was on hand to cheer on the festivities as radio station K-FROG’s Frogmen in the Morning served as announcers for this year’s parade.
This year’s Grand Marshall Kevin Mahany and the Adelanto City Council kicked off the festivities to the delight of Santa’s fans in what is considered one of the most vivacious Christmas parade of the Victor Valley. “It’s a joy to come here,” Victorville resident Sally Torres said. “My three kids and I come to Adelanto because they know how to celebrate the spirit of Christmas.”
Several bands showed off their best moves in front of the judges’ stand. Some of the participant bands included Victor Valley High School, Academy of Excellence Marching Knights, and Granite Hills High School. There were also several middle schools with marching bands – and they were quite impressive. Sitting Bull Academy Middle School, Vanguard Preparatory, and crowd favorite and hometown school Columbia Middle School put on quite a show.
Other crowd favorites included Adelanto’s championship football and baseball teams. The Adelanto Little League Baseball team performed a colorful dance routine for the judges and crowd. The league earned 3 championship titles this year, including 10-11 year old champions and Junior League Champions.
Adelanto’s Saints Youth Football League strutted their stuff for the crowd with confidence and authority. They showed the judges some of the moves that helped them win the 2010 HDYFC championship. Their cheerleaders were also first place in the Mitey Mite division. There were lots of parents, friends, and supporters along the parade route who cheered them on.
The Junior Air Force ROTC groups from Academic Excellence and Sultana High School performed their drills with precision for the judges and spectators. Lots of hard work and hours of training go into such a display and it showed.
Car clubs were also represented. The Old Memories Car Club, MAAD Sisters of Success Car Club, and High Desert Low Riders Car Club brought their finest which included low riders, cars with special hydraulics systems, and some very classy classic cars. The Low Rider Car Club also included low rider bicycles and a group of Harley Riders.
The San Bernardino Fire Department drove down the parade route with their communications truck all decked out for Christmas. The Sheriff’s Equestrian Patrol rode in on 4 of their horses well trained horses.
“The parade was so much fun,” said Adelanto resident Dan Martin. “We were happy to see so many community groups and the kids had a great time.”
Another crowd favorite was the Azteca Tae Kwon Do Federation. They did a demonstration of some of their fighting skills and they also broke boards to the amazement of everyone in the bleachers.
Guests of honor, Santa and Mrs. Claus waived to the crowd from a horse drawn carriage. They were heading to the Desert Trails Elementary cafeteria so that kids could have a free picture taken with Santa after the parade. There was also a free drawing for 1 of 10 6 ft tall stockings to be given away at a special City Hall meeting on Dec 15th.
This year’s parade was judged by Lee Cribb, former warden of the correctional facility; Doris Harris from Adelanto City Public Works; and RC Smith from GEO. Winners will be announced at an award ceremony on January 12th.