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Grand Marshal Marion Clemmens gestures with his scarf that he is more than ready for the Fallbrook Christmas Parade on Dec. 5 – rain or shine. See more photos on B-1
Grand Marshal Marion Clemmens gestures with his scarf that he is more than ready for the Fallbrook Christmas Parade on Dec. 5 – rain or shine. See mor...
From left, Tony Hessdorfer (Class of 1962), Jim Grevatt (Class of 1953), Gary Vix (Class of 1961) and Bill Hansen (Class of 1963) get the Fallbrook Alumni Association’s Christmas parade entry ready to go.
From left, Tony Hessdorfer (Class of 1962), Jim Grevatt (Class of 1953), Gary Vix (Class of 1961) and Bill Hansen (Class of 1963) get the Fallbrook Al...
Santa and Mrs. Claus make their traditional appearance, with their reindeer, atop the Fallbrook Masonic Lodge float in the Fallbrook Christmas Parade on Dec. 5.
Santa and Mrs. Claus make their traditional appearance, with their reindeer, atop the Fallbrook Masonic Lodge float in the Fallbrook Christmas Parade ...
Shriner clowns and their antics were a big hit with organizers, spectators, and fellow participants in the Fallbrook Christmas Parade.
Shriner clowns and their antics were a big hit with organizers, spectators, and fellow participants in the Fallbrook Christmas Parade.
A giant gingerbread man made Major Market’s Christmas parade entry a delight for children and adults alike.
A giant gingerbread man made Major Market’s Christmas parade entry a delight for children and adults alike.
From left, Miss Fallbrook First Princess Daniela Ruiz, Miss Teen Fallbrook Julia Albanna, Miss Fallbrook Shavonne Donoghue, and Miss Teen First Princess Andrea Ordonez smile for fans while riding in Bill and Robin Kemper’s 1971 Buick convertible.
From left, Miss Fallbrook First Princess Daniela Ruiz, Miss Teen Fallbrook Julia Albanna, Miss Fallbrook Shavonne Donoghue, and Miss Teen First Prince...
Members of Fallbrook/Bonsall Little League show their appreciation for their sponsors in the Christmas parade.
Members of Fallbrook/Bonsall Little League show their appreciation for their sponsors in the Christmas parade.
Zoey, seven months old, enjoys two firsts in her life – a candy cane and the Fallbrook Christmas Parade.
Zoey, seven months old, enjoys two firsts in her life – a candy cane and the Fallbrook Christmas Parade.
Donna Woods, principal of Zion Lutheran School, waits in the staging area for students that were arriving to be in the parade.
Donna Woods, principal of Zion Lutheran School, waits in the staging area for students that were arriving to be in the parade.
Crime Dog, McGruff, waves to the crowd atop the Sheriff Dept.’s Lenco BearCat vehicle, used by SWAT teams when extra protection is needed for officers.
Crime Dog, McGruff, waves to the crowd atop the Sheriff Dept.’s Lenco BearCat vehicle, used by SWAT teams when extra protection is needed for officers...
Fallbrook Historical Society Pioneer of the Year, Neil Rhodes, foreground, rides in a vintage car with his son, Allen.
Fallbrook Historical Society Pioneer of the Year, Neil Rhodes, foreground, rides in a vintage car with his son, Allen.
Naval Weapons Station Detachment Director Anthony Winicki, and his wife, Christine ride in a gorgeous 1965 red Cadillac convertible furnished by parade chairman Roy Costello and his wife, Linda.
Naval Weapons Station Detachment Director Anthony Winicki, and his wife, Christine ride in a gorgeous 1965 red Cadillac convertible furnished by parad...
California State Assemblymember Marie Waldron rides in Fallbrook Vintage Car Club’s Ron and Bev Mintel’s sharp-looking 1971 Plymouth Barracuda during the Fallbrook Christmas Parade on Dec. 7.
California State Assemblymember Marie Waldron rides in Fallbrook Vintage Car Club’s Ron and Bev Mintel’s sharp-looking 1971 Plymouth Barracuda during ...
Fallbrook Sheriff Substation commander Lt. Todd Richardson, prepares to ride in a stunning 1956 Chevy supplied by Fallbrook Vintage Car Club member Bill Ahrend.
Fallbrook Sheriff Substation commander Lt. Todd Richardson, prepares to ride in a stunning 1956 Chevy supplied by Fallbrook Vintage Car Club member Bi...

Fallbrook Christmas Parade - all shine; no rain


Thursday, December 12th, 2013
Issue 50, Volume 17.
Debbie Ramsey
Managing Editor


"It didn’t rain on our parade," said Roy Costello, chairman of the Fallbrook Christmas Parade. "The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade has not been cancelled due to weather since 1971, and was the inspiration to carry on this Christmas parade, no matter what."

The parade, in its 32nd year, ran one hour compared to its usual two-hour length and featured about 60 percent of the scheduled entries, with plenty of variety to make it a good composite. Although the spectator crowd was a bit lighter as well due to the cold weather, and a bit more bundled up to brave the elements, plenty of excitement was apparent.

"Yes, it was chilly, but not for some of the participants and spectators who decided that this community tradition was not worth giving up," said Costello. "There were entrants who decided not to brave the elements, but just as Advertisement
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many decided to give it a go. Marching bands still marched and elaborate floats built by local churches and youth groups still made the procession down Main Street." The rain ceased at about 3:45 p.m. that day and didn’t return until about 15 minutes after the parade had concluded.

Despite the weather conditions, several members of the Fallbrook Vintage Car Club provided vehicles for dignitaries in the parade. The only change was, in many cases, convertibles were switched out for hard-top classics.

Costello said his large team of volunteers came through with dedication and gathered right on schedule to launch the parade – rain or shine.

"The Fallbrook Chamber of Commerce is grateful for the local sponsors that donated funds for this event," said Costello, who also encouraged residents to "be sure and ‘shop small businesses’ this Christmas season, right here in the Fallbrook community."


 

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Comment #1 | Thursday, Dec 12, 2013 at 1:58 pm
Great job as usual Roy.

VN: How do we see the other photos online?

VN - the photos will be online by this evening.

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