East L.A. Holiday Parade Cancelled; Lincoln Heights’ Parade Revived

By Gloria Angelina Castillo, EGP Staff Reporter

After 35 years, the annual East Los Angeles Christmas Parade has fallen victim to the economy, confirmed parade organizers on Tuesday.

The annual parade would have been in its 36th year, it was originally scheduled for this Sunday.

In a letter to partnering agencies, Steven Acevedo, president of the Whittier Boulevard Merchants Association, indicates that due to budget cuts both with the merchants association and the County of LA, the parade has been cancelled for this holiday season.

“As you know, due to the extended economic downturn on our economy both for our association and the county these last couple of years, we our continuing to experience the negative impacts. Both the private and public sector have struggled together,” the letter states.

The letter, however, also expresses optimism about a streetscape project to beautify the commercial area on Whittier Boulevard next year.

However there is some cheery news for Lincoln Heights residents this holiday season. After some uncertainty, the Lincoln Heights Christmas Parade will take place this year, according to Lupe Gillen, parade committee chair person.

The Los Angeles Police Department and LA Department of Transportation have waived the fees for the parade, confirmed Monica Valencia, of Council member Ed P. Reyes’ office, on Nov. 8. The council members office is assisting with chairs, canopies, tables and port-o-potties have they have done in the past, she said.

The Lincoln Heights Christmas Parade will take place on Sunday, December 12, from 11am to 1pm. The parade will begin at 3529 N. Mission Road and travel northbound on Lincoln Park Avenue. A festival begins immediately after the parade at Avenue 24 and Broadway and continues until 4p.m. Parade Grand Marshall is Alicia del Valle of ABC7 News. Lupe Guillen for more information call (323) 227-1051.

Sunday, December 5
1 pm— 66th Northeast Los Angeles Holiday Parade & Winterfest:
The parade will proceed from North Figueroa Street and Avenue 60, southbound to Sycamore Grove Park where Winterfest activities continue. The event is presented by the Highland Park Chamber of Commerce in collaboration with City Councilmen Ed Reyes (CD 1) and Jose Huizar (CD 14) as well as the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs and numerous local businesses and organizations. For more information, please e-mail NELAParadePress@gmail.com.

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