He chuckles as he cuts the fresh steaks perfectly. Calvin Free, proud proprietor of the Beef Palace, arguably one of the best old-fashioned butcher shops on this coast (or any other, if you ask me), is in a good mood. Though he always seems to be in a good mood, whether he's talking to customers or employees, today is different. There's an extra, festive "oomph" in his cutting motion, and with good reason – he was recently named the grand marshal of the 48th Huntington Harbour Boat Parade.
"I am so proud I cannot even put it into words," he said behind the case of pork chops. "It's a complete honor, and I am making as much noise about this as I can. We want as many boats as we can get in the parade, we want folks to come out for the Cruise of Lights – this is just like the Fourth of July Parade in this city, a chance to show her off and get people excited about Huntington Beach."