By Nikki Garrett Metzger
(Victorville)- – The official kick off of the holiday season is the annual Victorville Children’s Christmas Parade!
Put on by the City of Victorville and the Victorville Chamber of Commerce, this year’s parade did not disappoint. The theme was “A Children’s Christmas” and the Grand Marshall was Charles Rangel and The Dime Store Novelist. Rangel recently won the Rolling Stone Magazine’s nationwide “Street to Stage Performer of the Year” contest.
For the 17th year in a row Odyssey TV was there and filmed the parade to air on their station during the holiday season. Jim Hall was the announcer and kept the spectators entertained and informed as he told stories and shared insight about each of the parade participants. Since the parade is the Children’s Christmas parade Jim had his two grandsons with him to help announce the parade. Such a proud grandpa!
Many groups and organizations took part in the parade, including the Hesperia Wranglers and Rodeo Queens, the Victorville Elks club and even the Victor Valley 4 Wheelers Club with their collection of Jeeps.
The crowd was treated to live performances by the whole group at A Dancer’s Pointe, by Horizon Church, High Desert Step Team, and Christ in Action Mime Team that did a mime performance to Christmas music. The Victorville Police and & Fire Activities League had a large boxing ring on their float with 2 boxers showing off their skills using the largest boxing gloves ever made!
Marching bands from all over the High Desert came out to showcase their skills. Bands were in attendance from Victor Valley High School, Sultana High School Air Force ROTC, Excelsior Bands Music in Motion, Ranchero Middle School, Hesperia Jr High, Riverside Preparatory School, The Academy of Performing Arts, and Academy for Excellence Marching Knights.
“We had a good parade, good turnout, and we were blessed with nice weather,” said Joe Flores, General Manager of the Green Tree Inn. “Santa & Mrs. Clause looked as good as ever.”
The Victorville Fire Department brought several of their Fire Engines, including the original 1930s fire truck that is currently on display in the Victor Valley Museum. Victor Valley Search and Rescue brought some of their toys to show off to the crowd.
After all the entries made their way down the parade route, the festivities came to a close as the big guy in red, Santa Clause drove down the parade route. Taking a break from his sleigh and reindeer, he rode atop a red vintage automobile and wished everyone a Merry Christmas!
The Green Tree Inn is the exclusive sponsor of the broadcast of the parade. DVDs of the parade will be available for sale at the hotel.