Monday, November 30, 2009

Hollywood Christmas Parade

This parade used to be the Santa Clause Lane parade and was shown on the Sunday of Thanksgiving weekend. It was the start of the Christmas season. I went to see this parade live twice. But this was different. We were on the red carpet!! Behind the scenes as it were!! It was pretty freakin' cool!!!
Nicole (the choreographer and fellow advisor) and I decided on Friday they needed scarfs, not just garland, for their routine. O-N-F-R-I-D-A-Y!!!! 30 scarfs needed to cut and sewed! But I did it. I think they looked pretty great!
Shelly Cafe - Million Dollar Baby scenes were filmed here.

This is Nicole, Kenneth (Colorguard advisor and recent KHS graduate), and Marilyn (Drill team advisor)

This woman, I don't know who or what she was doing there, but she had the MOST amazing shoes! I took a picture, but this picture does not so the shoes justice!!!!

Porterville ID unit. We weren't the only band there - we were the opening act and band!!

What would a parade be without the Grinch? And my girlies being goofs!
I love my girls parents! They are awesome!

Ricky, the drum major, and Natalie, Song Girl captain. Yup, they're dating. Aren't they adorable?

The staff! Our director, in the center, is Sean Hamberlin.

Marilyn, Sienna (Colorguard advisor and alum of KHS), Nicole and myself.

Our ID unit.

ummm, Susan Lucci!! Isn't she fabulous? I also got a picture of Dog, the Bounty Hunter and myself, but I got that with my cell phone.

The leaders, Natalie in the center, Jenn, closest, and Jackie, way in the back.

Standing on the red carpet.

The parade is 3 1/2 miles long. And it was lined the whole way with crowds of people!!!! It was so much fun. I am so proud of this band. We are not a traditional band in that we don't do field shows or half time shows. We do parades, but we really do well is perform. We do rock charts, one of our new songs this year is Poker Face. Does that tell you anything aboutour band?
It was a long day! But it was fun. The day started at 9am with a staff breakfast at Denny's, call time for the band was 11am, board buses at 12:30, leave at 1:30pm (loading issues!), fight the traffic in Hollywood and arrive at parade bus unloading area at 3:00pm, be at staging area at 4pm, step off (on the red carpet) at 6pm, march for an hour (playing and dancing the entire time!), board buses at 8pm, staff dinner at Carls and home by 10:30pm.
I hate being old, because today I am sore!!!!
Saturday is USC Trojan walk and game against Arizona!!!!


  1. Oh, how fun and festive!
    You guys look like you had a great time! Makes me miss living in NY for the MACY's Parade in Manhattan.

  2. Wow - how cool!!! I was in marching band in high school and always enjoyed the parades! Great pictures!!

  3. so cool! i was in marching bac=nd in 12th grade and we did pink floyd! we totally rocked

  4. I can't imagine it being *warm* for Christmas, but did you know Minneapolis has this holidazzle parade? (Because yes, we are crazy at think a parade is appropriate when it's 20 below) :)

    Great pictures!

  5. That is so awesome! How exciting! Thanks for sharing the pics!

  6. Fabulous pics and what fun! How awesome was that!!!!

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