Online and Lifestyle Editor
On December 2, 65,000 people watched Santa Barbara’s 64th Annual Holiday Parade, which was themed, “Holiday Under the Sea.” The parade was free for residents of Santa Barbara and neighboring cities to watch. Nearly 90 floats made up by local businesses, school marching bands and boy/girl scout troops marched this year.
Each year, the Prince and Fair, who ignite the 45 foot tree symbolizing the start of the parade, are chosen from young artists in Santa Barbara, ages 6-10. Their submit their entries according to the theme of the parade and a team of judges then picks two art pieces that best illustrates the theme. This year’s prince and fairy were Kai Paterson (8) and Alexandra Chadwick (10).
Amongst the floats were our own San Marcos Royals. Our cheerleading program and band had their own float and showed off their musical talents and high kicks. Walking later in the parade, were the members of Kids Helping Kids. The students of Kids Helping Kids were not only cheering and wishing the spectators happy holidays, but they were also selling raffle tickets for the chance to win an Audi A4. The winner of the car will be announced at their annual Kids Helping Kids concert, on January 14, 2017, which features Gavin Degraw.
“This year I went with my friends to the Holiday Parade and we really liked it,” said sophomore Bella Wygant. “It was really cool seeing all the kids who go to our school in the parade, and it was so well done this year.”
Following the Prince and Fairy were the co-Grand Marshals, Cody and Caleb Walker. Brothers Cody and Caleb walked in honor of their late brother Paul Walker who was a Santa Barbara local and an involved member of the Santa Barbara community. Paul own houses in Santa Barbara and grew up here. His brothers say he would not have wanted to live anywhere else besides Santa Barbara. But not only was Paul a Santa Barbara local, but his brother Cody Walker went to college at UCSB and feels close with the Santa Barbara community.
“Paul was a big part of Santa Barbara,” said Caleb Walker in an interview with KEYT. “He wouldn’t have lived anywhere else. Myself and Cody also went to school here so it’s a great honor to come back.”
Following the tradition, Santa concluded the parade by making his grand appearance on the last float of the parade with a timeless and classic grand finale.