It can take many hours and, in some cases, considerable expense to plan, decorate and participate in the annual Holiday Afloat parade, on the part of Skippers, family & friends. And particularly so, to field a winning entry. Likewise, it takes literally 100′s of hours of planning, co-ordinating and behind-the-scenes activity to organize and stage the event. The tasks of choosing a theme, scheduling, pre-parade publicity and promotion, fund raising, securing necessary approvals, media communications and the like, fall to the Parade Planning Committee.
Comprised of volunteers from various organizations involved, the commitee, operating on a very nearly year-round basis, somehow, “makes it happen” every year, in spite of budget shortfalls, impossible-to-meet deadlines, weather and/or unanticipated obstacles. A quick look at the list of organizations represented on the committee (see below) quickly reveals the “grass-roots” identity of the event and underscores the truly community based nature that has led to 50 years of success in staging the L.A. Harbor Holiday Afloat parade.
Parade Planning Committee
|Los Angeles Port Police||Aldo Morales|
|Cabrillo Beach Yacht Club||James Dimon|
|LB-LA Women’s Sailing Assoc.||Trisha Jackson|
|LB Singles Yacht Club||Diane Bruns|
|Los Angeles Yacht Club||Terry Brown|
|Port of L.A.||Andrew Benson
Special Events Co-ordinator
|San Pedro Yacht Club||Lisa Peterson|
|Valero Wilmington Refinery||Mary Gutierrez|
|Wilmington Lion’s Club||Mary Gutierrez|
|Wilmington Boat Owners Assoc.||Donna Ethington – Committee Chair|