La Palma hosts its big parade day

November 13, 2013 by  

Spirits were high at the at the annual La Palma Days celebration on Saturday, November 9. The yearly fall festival and parade is a 28-year tradition that aims to bring together community members and business owners to celebrate the unique character and diversity of La Palma. It was a full day of fun and music under the autumn sun.

The event began at 10:00 am with the La Palma Parade taking to Walker Street with more than 125 participants, including several junior and senior high marching bands, local celebrities, military representatives and veterans, community clubs, and businesses.

After the parade, attendees had a variety of activities and entertainment options to amuse them. There was also the crowning of the 2013 – 2014 La Palma Ambassador, the candidates for which competed at the La Palma pageant earlier in the week, and the new winner was crowned by last year’s champion.

A diverse musical line-up of everything from rock ‘n’ roll to Hikari Taiko drummers was set up to keep the festival goers clapping, and more than 30 vendors of food, art, and other products had their wares available for browsing and buying. There were even games and activities just for the kids.

A community festival can bring neighbors together, but first the organizers must spread the word. A local print company can assist with creating eye-catching marketing materials like flyers that can easily be posted in high-traffic community areas, and postcards that can be mailed out to homes in the area.