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By Chris Epting | December 30, 2013
When the famed marine-life artist Wyland unveils a new piece near the pier on Jan.14, he will be just across from the Golden Bear, where he painted a mural more than 30 years ago - before he was known for his building-size whales. Wyland will be kicking off what I think is one of the most exciting local programs in recent history. It's called Surfboards on Parade, and it's a celebration of 100 years of surfing in Huntington Beach. Put on by the Rotary Club of Huntington Beach, Surfboards on Parade will feature the placement of dozens of specially crafted surfboards throughout the city in the coming months.
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By Anthony Clark Carpio | June 26, 2013
The signs advertising local businesses line the Huntington Beach Pier in advance of the city's Fourth of July celebrations. The 35 large banners represent funding for the city's annual July 4 parade but they come with a price: animosity from some who consider the holiday proliferation a blight. The banners representing Lexus of Westminster, McKenna Volkswagen, Wendy's and other businesses hang from the north and south sides of the pier. They will be taken down July 8, said Huntington Beach spokeswoman Laurie Frymire.
NEWS
July 11, 2007
They rode down Main Street on scooters, floats, military Jeeps, and even a scale model battleship. Their ranks included soldiers, Shriners, politicians and beauty queens. Together, they made up the record 340 entries in the 103rd annual Huntington Beach Fourth of July Parade. Police said they did not yet have an estimate of the crowds that thronged the parade route, but parade spokeswoman Connie Young said they expected about 200,000. "I never knew this many people could show up," said first-time visitor Anita Young of San Clemente.
NEWS
June 30, 2005
JERRY PERSON For more than half a century, "El Generalissimo" William Gallienne was the mastermind in planning our world-famous Fourth of July celebration. This coming Monday, we will again have the opportunity of watching our historical heritage as it unfolds. Unfortunately, it will be without this legendary gentleman. This week, we'll look back at a parade in which El Generalissimo definitely had a big part. The year 1961 marked the 100th anniversary of the start of the Civil War, and for that year's celebration, the theme would reflect it as "A Salute to the Civil War Centennial."
NEWS
June 2, 2005
JERRY PERSON Throughout the years, Main Street has witnessed many unusual parades during its lifetime, but none more tender and heartwarming as the parade we'll recall this week. All mothers think their baby is the most beautiful one in the world and, of course, they are right. As a way to promote that good health begins at a young age, our grammar school and local Red Cross staged a Better Babies parade on Feb. 12, 1924, along Main Street. Lynn Robb, head of the Huntington Beach chapter of the Red Cross, and Edna Mae Pine, Central Elementary school nurse, spent many hours planning this most moving event.
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.
FEATURES
July 9, 2008
Hundreds of thousands of people thronged city streets Friday to witness Huntington Beach’s 104th Annual Fourth of July Parade. The largest such parade west of the Mississippi, it drew close to a million visitors over three days of activities. The parade featured sky divers, grand marshals like mixed martial arts star Tito Ortiz and oldest living former City Council member Noble Waite, and countless floats, marchers, and other guests. Festivities also included pancake breakfasts, a beach fireworks show on the night of the Fourth, and festivities at Pier Plaza all weekend.
NEWS
July 7, 2005
VIC LEIPZIG AND LOU MURRAY Last weekend was the first time we've been in town for the Fourth of July in ages. Last year, we went to Santa Clarita to visit our friends Paul and Sue Hertzog and their daughter Katie. This year, Katie wanted to come to the beach, so they came here. To prepare for the weekend, we bought a new three-burner gas grill. Wow, what a difference. We can now burn steaks, hamburgers and chicken in half the time it took to do over charcoal.
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By Jerry Person | November 29, 2007
It is said benevolence and gratitude never meet. Yet with the annual neurotic madness of the Christmas season upon us again, it affords us the opportunity to introduce benevolence to gratitude. Because most people spend more than they should during the holidays for a lot of junk they don?t need, they may as well buy it here in Huntington Beach. There isn?t a single Yule gift that can?t be found right here. The merchants of our city year after year have benevolently dug into their pockets to pay taxes that support schools, government, libraries, fire stations, parks and, back in 1954, our annual Santa Claus parade.
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By Michael Miller | April 30, 2014
Bill Stewart and Wade Koniakowsky used chance to determine which of them would paint the front side of their board for the Surfboards on Parade exhibit in Huntington Beach. Still, by the time the public sees the board, any notion of "front" and "back" may be moot. At the Huntington Beach Art Center, where the board will be displayed Thursday as part of the Rotary Club of Huntington Beach's citywide art exhibit, Stewart and Koniakowsky's work will rotate slowly on a 2-foot pedestal.
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SPORTS
By Michael Miller | January 15, 2014
It was a jarring note to begin a year of celebrating surfing - an image of a shark with its mouth wide open, looking set to devour a board like the one it was painted on. But if it garnered attention for a cause, mission accomplished. Tuesday morning at Duke's by the Huntington Beach Pier, the Rotary Club of Huntington Beach kicked off its Surfboards on Parade campaign with the first of 25 boards that will be displayed around town in the coming months to help fight skin cancer.
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By Michael Miller | January 8, 2014
When George Freeth arrived in Huntington Beach a century ago, it wasn't Surf City yet. Not even close. On June 20, 1914, Freeth attended the dedication of the Huntington Beach Pier and gave a demonstration of a sport that few, if any, of those present had likely seen. Henry Huntington, the businessman whose name graced the city, had invited Freeth to "walk on water," as the promotions put it back then. This year, Huntington will commemorate 100 years since the Hawaiian surfer first brought his board to town.
NEWS
By Chris Epting | December 30, 2013
When the famed marine-life artist Wyland unveils a new piece near the pier on Jan.14, he will be just across from the Golden Bear, where he painted a mural more than 30 years ago - before he was known for his building-size whales. Wyland will be kicking off what I think is one of the most exciting local programs in recent history. It's called Surfboards on Parade, and it's a celebration of 100 years of surfing in Huntington Beach. Put on by the Rotary Club of Huntington Beach, Surfboards on Parade will feature the placement of dozens of specially crafted surfboards throughout the city in the coming months.
NEWS
By Brittany Woolsey | July 2, 2013
Huntington Beach's annual Fourth of July parade and festival will feature more than 125 participants, including floats, performers and military groups. Themed "Surf, Sun & Celebrate," this year's event will encompass the personality of Huntington Beach, said parade assistant director Stacey Newton. "Huntington Beach is all about surfing, being in the sun, and the event will celebrate the Fourth of July," she said. The celebration will welcome celebrity guests Lou Ferrigno ("The Incredible Hulk")
NEWS
By Anthony Clark Carpio | June 26, 2013
The signs advertising local businesses line the Huntington Beach Pier in advance of the city's Fourth of July celebrations. The 35 large banners represent funding for the city's annual July 4 parade but they come with a price: animosity from some who consider the holiday proliferation a blight. The banners representing Lexus of Westminster, McKenna Volkswagen, Wendy's and other businesses hang from the north and south sides of the pier. They will be taken down July 8, said Huntington Beach spokeswoman Laurie Frymire.
NEWS
By Andrew Shortall | December 21, 2012
Shelly Campbell claims she can't even draw a stick man, so making a life-like portrait of her son, Brian - his distinct strawberry-blond hair and pale skin - was quite the task for her and her family. While the picture didn't turn out perfect, it really came alive when Brian's eyes were colored with crystal-blue hydrangeas. "It kind of brought me to my knees when we got to the eyes," said Shelly, whose son died nearly 13 years ago, at 17 years old, from a brain hemorrhage. "His eyes were always so special; when he had the brain injury they always checked the eyes to see if there was a response.
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By Mike Whitehead | November 13, 2012
Ahoy! Next week is Thanksgiving, which seems to come faster and faster every year. A lot of people are excited to go shopping the day after the feast, and some will bring out the holiday decorations for their homes. But let's not forget the decorations for your boat. If the weather is nice then venture on and go boating. I regularly see families out cruising the harbor with their families, friends and relatives. This is the perfect opportunity to practice for the Christmas and Holiday Boat Parades happening in all three of Orange County's harbors.
NEWS
By Michael Miller | June 27, 2012
Archie Gregory has spent four decades visiting schools, riding in parades and speaking at functions to deliver one basic message: that he is not a hero. Not now, not ever. In his mind, he wasn't a hero when the bombs first struck at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. Gregory, a sailor in the Navy who was serving on a repair ship, had stepped onto another vessel to visit an old school friend the moment the explosions began. The force threw him into the water and gave him a concussion that left a permanent scar.
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.
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