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By Michael Miller | May 23, 2012
Father Christian Mondor has been named community grand marshal for this year's Huntington Beach Fourth of July Parade, which means he won't be riding on his usual float with other religious leaders. But he can still have the horse-drawn trolley - and the banjo, if he wants. The 87-year-old vicar emeritus at Sts. Simon & Jude Catholic Church has a history of riding in Surf City's annual parade with the Greater Huntington Beach Interfaith Council. In recent years, he's sat in his Franciscan friar's robe with representatives from Judaism, Islam and other faiths, cradling a banjo and strumming along with Beach Boys and Jan and Dean tunes.
FEATURES
By CHRIS EPTING | June 25, 2008
I was sitting in Springdale Country last week doing a book signing. In came a genial older man with a twinkle in his eye and an Air Force hat on his head. With a strong grip and a firm voice, he said, “I’m Noble Waite.” He didn’t really need to introduce himself though. I’d just heard the day before that Waite had been selected as community grand marshal for the 2008 Huntington Beach Fourth of July Parade. He and his lovely wife, Beverly, had stopped by to introduce themselves, because he’d been told I wanted to write a column about him. It was a great surprise, and over the course of our short visit, along with another conversation a few days later, I learned why Waite was so deserving of the honor.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Mona Shadia | November 16, 2011
Jenny Huntsinger has been named this year's Huntington Harbour Boat Parade grand marshal. It's an honor in more ways than one. The retired nurse is the first woman to be named grand marshal in the parade's 49 years. "I wasn't sure how I would be received as a woman," said Huntsinger, 62. "And I know in this day and age, you're not supposed to feel this way, but I'm from the generation where there was a glass ceiling. " The fact that the parade hadn't had a woman serve in the capacity before Huntsinger wasn't intentional, said Calvin Free, who served as grand marshal last year and recommended Huntsinger for the post.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Brittany Woolsey, Special to the Independent | June 27, 2012
Huntington Beach will celebrate the Fourth of July with its 108th annual parade Wednesday. According to the event's website, approximately 2,000 people will gather for a day full of entertainment. A pancake breakfast, presented by the Kiwanis, will kick off the event at 6:30 a.m. at Lake Park, followed by the Surf City 5K run and Fitness Expo at Worthy Park at 7 a.m. The parade will start at 10 a.m., when more than 200 floats will travel from Eighth Street down Pacific Coast Highway, make a left at Main Street, then proceed up the street before ending just after Yorktown Avenue.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 20, 2008
Recently announced participants in the 104th Annual Huntington Beach Fourth of July Parade include mixed martial arts celebrity Tito Ortiz, winners of the reality show “The Amazing Race,” radio personalities and several others. Ortiz, of Huntington Beach, will be sports grand marshal of the festivities, while residents and “The Amazing Race” winners T.K. Erwin and Rachel Rosales will be celebrity guests. Nickelodeon teen star Jennette McCurdy will be teen grand marshal.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 14, 2010
The Huntington Beach Fourth of July Executive Board is looking for a community member to act as a grand marshal. One person selected will have the honor of riding in the 106th annual parade. Nominees must be a Surf City resident and have contributed to the community through volunteer work, family history or philanthropy. To make a nomination, submit a statement outlining the person’s accomplishments. The statements can be e-mailed to board Director Patricia Steir at pstier@socal.
NEWS
April 28, 2005
Access to the Santa Ana River trail will be limited this week by construction activities. Visitors will not be able to access the trail from Garfield Avenue while crews with the Orange County Transportation Authority work nearby to construct a 13-mile pipeline from Fountain Valley to Anaheim. The pipeline will transport highly-treated sewage water from the Orange County Sanitation District and deliver it to an aquifer, where it will eventually percolate back into the groundwater basin.
NEWS
July 26, 2001
Jerry Person Well, our great Fourth of July parade is now part of history. The other day a friend of mine, Craig Woods, and I were at the Huntington Beach Civic Center on business and ran into Chris Cole. Cole is one of those unsung heroes who spent many hours in the media department putting the finishing touches together for our parade. He told us that he watched some taped footage of the parade when it turned onto Main Street from Pacific Coast Highway.
NEWS
July 3, 2003
Jenny Marder A grand tradition was set in motion in 1904, when Surf City's very first Independence Day celebration was held, featuring greased pig contests, vaudeville shows, fortune tellers and wrestling matches. Now, only 24 hours before the city's 99th anniversary celebration and parade, residents are smoothing out flags, unraveling streamers and putting the final touches on their floats. Since its inception, attendance has swelled from 50,000 to nearly 300,000, and performances now feature marching bands, floats, dancers, clowns and celebrities.
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NEWS
May 16, 2013
The Huntington Beach Fourth of July Executive Board has named long-time resident Ralph Bauer to serve as community grand marshal for the 109th annual Fourth of July Parade and Celebration. Bauer has been contributing to the community for 46 years, according to a news release. He was recognized in June with the opening of the 2-acre Ralph Bauer Park at Newland Street and Hamilton Avenue. Bauer was mayor in 1997, a councilman from 1992 to 2002, and over 46 years was on the Recreation and Parks Commission along with several other city commissions and committees.
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ENTERTAINMENT
By Brittany Woolsey, Special to the Independent | June 27, 2012
Huntington Beach will celebrate the Fourth of July with its 108th annual parade Wednesday. According to the event's website, approximately 2,000 people will gather for a day full of entertainment. A pancake breakfast, presented by the Kiwanis, will kick off the event at 6:30 a.m. at Lake Park, followed by the Surf City 5K run and Fitness Expo at Worthy Park at 7 a.m. The parade will start at 10 a.m., when more than 200 floats will travel from Eighth Street down Pacific Coast Highway, make a left at Main Street, then proceed up the street before ending just after Yorktown Avenue.
NEWS
By Michael Miller | May 23, 2012
Father Christian Mondor has been named community grand marshal for this year's Huntington Beach Fourth of July Parade, which means he won't be riding on his usual float with other religious leaders. But he can still have the horse-drawn trolley - and the banjo, if he wants. The 87-year-old vicar emeritus at Sts. Simon & Jude Catholic Church has a history of riding in Surf City's annual parade with the Greater Huntington Beach Interfaith Council. In recent years, he's sat in his Franciscan friar's robe with representatives from Judaism, Islam and other faiths, cradling a banjo and strumming along with Beach Boys and Jan and Dean tunes.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Mona Shadia | November 16, 2011
Jenny Huntsinger has been named this year's Huntington Harbour Boat Parade grand marshal. It's an honor in more ways than one. The retired nurse is the first woman to be named grand marshal in the parade's 49 years. "I wasn't sure how I would be received as a woman," said Huntsinger, 62. "And I know in this day and age, you're not supposed to feel this way, but I'm from the generation where there was a glass ceiling. " The fact that the parade hadn't had a woman serve in the capacity before Huntsinger wasn't intentional, said Calvin Free, who served as grand marshal last year and recommended Huntsinger for the post.
NEWS
By Chris Epting | November 10, 2010
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 14, 2010
The Huntington Beach Fourth of July Executive Board is looking for a community member to act as a grand marshal. One person selected will have the honor of riding in the 106th annual parade. Nominees must be a Surf City resident and have contributed to the community through volunteer work, family history or philanthropy. To make a nomination, submit a statement outlining the person’s accomplishments. The statements can be e-mailed to board Director Patricia Steir at pstier@socal.
FEATURES
By CHRIS EPTING | June 25, 2008
I was sitting in Springdale Country last week doing a book signing. In came a genial older man with a twinkle in his eye and an Air Force hat on his head. With a strong grip and a firm voice, he said, “I’m Noble Waite.” He didn’t really need to introduce himself though. I’d just heard the day before that Waite had been selected as community grand marshal for the 2008 Huntington Beach Fourth of July Parade. He and his lovely wife, Beverly, had stopped by to introduce themselves, because he’d been told I wanted to write a column about him. It was a great surprise, and over the course of our short visit, along with another conversation a few days later, I learned why Waite was so deserving of the honor.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 20, 2008
Recently announced participants in the 104th Annual Huntington Beach Fourth of July Parade include mixed martial arts celebrity Tito Ortiz, winners of the reality show “The Amazing Race,” radio personalities and several others. Ortiz, of Huntington Beach, will be sports grand marshal of the festivities, while residents and “The Amazing Race” winners T.K. Erwin and Rachel Rosales will be celebrity guests. Nickelodeon teen star Jennette McCurdy will be teen grand marshal.
NEWS
June 30, 2005
SHIRLEY DETLOFF Former Huntington Beach mayor Shirley Detloff has been chosen the community grand marshal of the Huntington Beach Fourth of July parade. Detloff has dedicated more than 40 years of service serving as a member of the City Council -- including mayor -- for eight years, the city's Planning Commission and the California Coastal Commission. She helped create the Human Relations Commission and the Interfaith Council to foster diversity in the community.
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