EL CENTRO — ‘Crusin’ Down Candy Cane Lane’ was the theme of the 71st Annual El Centro Christmas Parade on a windy Saturday morning in El Centro.
The El Centro Chamber of Commerce and Los Vigilantes organized the parade and invited the public to enjoy the occasion and celebrate the holiday spirit.
Thousands gathered up and down Main Street eager to see the progression of Christmas-themed floats, dance and drill teams, and local school marching bands.
One of the early crowd pleasers was the shiny blue and white paint jobs of the classic 1953 Ford F-100 and 1955 Chevy pick-up trucks.
Revving their throttles, the Imperial Valley Street Devils Motorcycle Club made their presence felt as they zipped through the streets.
Local businesses, Firestorm Gymnastics and Fiesta Tortillas, took to the crowd to hand out candy, treats, and tortillas along the parade path.
Imperial Valley Transit members waved to the spectators from within their holiday decorated bus.
The United States Border Patrol mesmerized the masses as their horse unit trotted along in prefect unison.
Under-Sheriff, Fred Miramontes, greeted the public from the Imperial County Sherriff’s float.
Performances by the award winning Heber Elementary Aces Drill Team and Brawley Hidalgo Society Folkloric Dancers excited the children.
The mother/daughters trio of Carla Sandoval (Desert Gardens Mom), Savannah Davalos (Wilson Middle School Majorette), and Jocelyn Davalos (Desert Gardens Drill Team Captain) embraced the unique privilege of participating in the parade together as the Desert Gardens Elementary Drill team showcased its holiday spirit while the Wilson Jr. High Band played a rendition of Jingle Bells.
“It’s always a good time marching with the kids,” said Sandoval. “The parade is a lot of fun, but its super cold,” added daughter Jocelyn.
“The Christmas parade is my favorite parade of the year. I get to see my old friends and entire family,” concluded older sister Savannah.