Holidays Rolling In


DOWNTOWN COVINA, CA — On Saturday, December 3, for the 66th time, Downtown Covina held its annual Christmas Parade that attracted many parade watchers despite the chilly weather.

“I thought that they put a lot of time into it and it is amazing how many people people go. My favorite part were the really festive and brightened cars in the parade,” commented Lupe Toscano who admired the festivities from beginning to end.

The parade officially started at 6:30 P.M., but people were already gathering on the sidewalks with blankets, and chairs at 6:00 P.M. Avid groups set up img_4869tables and brought enough warm food and snacks for the evening. Knowing that large groups of family and friends were going to show up, Faith Church handed out free hot cocoa to keep everyone warm.

The parade’s starting place was at the intersection of Citrus and Badillo. Larger amounts of people placed themselves at periodic intersections where announcers stood to introduce the incoming groups that had their own special way of ringing in the holiday season. Most of the groups were high school marching bands, cheer teams, and local organizations. Santa Claus was also there to spread the holiday joy.

Many groups decided to simply drive down the parade in festively decorated cars. Some groups added additional carts, where children sat and waved to parade watchers. Some even threw candy out to the crowds.

Marching bands from schools, such as Bassett and Rowland, played traditional Christmas songs from Merry Christmas to Feliz Navidad. Some marchers even laced Christmas lights through their instruments. These bands were usually led by their color guards and followed by the schools’ cheer teams.

Our very own BPHS cheerleaders represented the Braves at the parade. The girls danced through the streets of Covina donning their signature blue and white uniforms and Santa hats.

The parade created the sense of unity and happiness that Christmas is known and loved for. “The atmosphere was nice and people were genuinely being kind to others and wishing people a happy holidays which made me happy,” said Axel Bustamante, a first-time parade watcher.


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