Everyone loves a parade - remembering Veterans Day

Michael Minjares

Thu October 30, 2014 9:04pm

Strike up the band! The annual Chula Vista Parade Band Review & Community Festival returns to the Otay Ranch Town Center Saturday, Nov. 8. Featuring as many as 30 marching bands with thousands of scholastic music participants from Chula Vista, San Diego and across Southern California, the Parade Band Review will treat attendees to outstanding performances by school bands big and small. Since its beginning five years ago, this annual local event has grown into the largest event of its kind in San Diego and is among the top five largest in Southern California.
Joining school bands for the parade will be local military veterans as part of the event’s Salute to Our Veterans theme. In addition, community service organizations, school athletic teams and clubs, dance teams, ROTCs, classic cars and local business and community leaders will participate in the parade. The parade will take place from 10 a.m. to noon along Eastlake Parkway, between Birch Road and Kestral Falls.
“Parades have long played a role in bringing communities together, perpetually inspiring our youth and celebrating the spirit of America,” said Jason Paguio in a release. Paguio, president/CEO of the Parade Band Foundation, added: “It’s a tradition so deeply rooted in the history of our great country, celebrating holidays, the inaugurations of our leaders and unifying our local communities. The Parade Band Foundation is dedicated to preserving this grand American tradition that has had us tapping our feet and clapping our hands together to the exciting sounds of marching bands since the birth of our great nation.”
The popular local event also features an engaging and interactive community festival. Chula Vista community organizations, clubs, local businesses and non-profit groups will be on hand to share information and services with festival attendees. Live entertainment will provide a fun backdrop and is scheduled to include Chula Vista show choirs, elementary school music programs, ballet folklorico and other local performing groups on the main stage. According to Paguio, the Parade Band Foundation received a grant from the Chula Vista Public Library and Cultural Arts Commission for Performing and Visual Arts for the festival’s main stage to serve as a cultural arts showcase. The Festival, which runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., can be found in the center’s south lot, near Macy’s, one of the event’s sponsors and partners.
For more information, visit the event’s website at www.ChulaVistaParade.org.