Ready for Some Holiday Cheer? Head On Over to the Annual East L.A. Christmas Parade

November 17, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

It’s not quite Thanksgiving yet, but that doesn’t matter to the thousands of people who will line up Sunday along iconic Whittier Boulevard to take in all the thrills and excitement of the Annual East Los Angeles Christmas Parade.

Parade celebrities will include: Boxing Champ and Golden Boys Promoter Oscar De La Hoya serving as Grand Marshal; Legendary Marshal, Radio DJ Art Laboe; Celebrity Marshal, Actor and Restaurateur Danny Trejo. From “Telemundo – Acceso Total,” host Stephanie Himonidis, Weather Anchor Michelle Trujillo and stars from the upcoming Telenovela “Sangre de mi Tierra.”

2016 East LA Christmas Parade on Whittier Boulevard attracted 70,000 spectators. (EGP Archive Photo)

2016 East LA Christmas Parade on Whittier Boulevard attracted 70,000 spectators. (EGP Archive Photo)

Joining the celebration from ABC7 are Co-anchor Ellen Leyva, Weathercaster Danny Romero and Reporter Coleen Sullivan; Mandril from Radio Centro 93.9 FM, J Cruz from Power 106, CeCe from 93.5 KDAY, Anthony Citric Campos, William Garza, Thee Midniters, Violeta Martin, Richard Yniguez, Thee Commons, Leyo and many others!

And of course, what would a Christmas Parade be without an appearance by the jolly old man himself, Santa Claus.

For 35 years, the storied East LA Christmas Parade was one of the largest and longest running Christmas parades that focused on the Latino community. Then, in 2009, to the dismay of the community –which we should point out included people from all over Los Angeles County and points beyond – financial woes and other issues shut the parade down for the next 6 years.

Oscar De La Hoya (EGP Archive Photo by Fred Zermeno)

Oscar De La Hoya (EGP Archive Photo by Fred Zermeno)

Not to be held down, in 2016 the East Los Angeles Christmas made a triumphant return thanks to the support of many local education, government, and business partners, according to organizers, who said 70,000 people took in the 2016 festivities.

“New life has been brought into a cherished event that celebrates the community and the holiday season,” say organizers, who add that a special thank you is owed to Los Angeles County Supervisor Supervisor Hilda L. Solis “for supporting the parade as its Presenting Partner, and making the return of the East LA Christmas Parade possible.”

This year the parade promises to be even more spectacular, with dozens of talented local bands, drill teams, singers, folklorico dancers, lowriders, equestrian units, floats, and dignitaries joining celebrities for the trip down the historic Whittier Boulevard Shopping District, and on through the heart of East L.A.

ABC7 Co-anchor Ellen Leyva, Reporter Coleen Sullivan and Weathercaster Danny Romero will be among the celebrities taking part in the 2017 East LA Christmas Parade.

ABC7 Co-anchor Ellen Leyva, Reporter Coleen Sullivan and Weathercaster Danny Romero will be among the celebrities taking part in the 2017 East LA Christmas Parade.

The parade starts at 12 p.m., for its approximately three-hour long march down Whittier Boulevard. You can catch the entire parade from any spot along the route from Eastern Avenue to Goodrich Boulevard. Festivities continue at the East LA Parade Festival at the end of the parade route. where live entertainment and vendors will be selling food until the festival closes at 5p.m

For more information, visit the East Los Angeles Christmas Parade on Facebook.

‘Golden Boy’ Arrested for DUI

January 26, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Former professional boxer and boxing promoter Oscar De La Hoya was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of drunken driving in Pasadena, authorities said.

De La Hoya, 43, was pulled over about 2 a.m. on Del Mar Boulevard west of Saint John Avenue, the California Highway Patrol reported.

“A Land Rover was seen speeding on Del Mar Boulevard west of Arroyo Boulevard with mechanical violations,” according to a CHP statement. “The vehicle was subsequently pulled over and the driver was advised of the reason for the stop. While speaking with the driver of the vehicle, the investigating officer detected the odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from inside the vehicle.”

De La Hoya was instructed to get out of the SUV, where the investigating officer “continued to detect an odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from the driver’s breath and person,” according to the CHP.

After being given a series of field sobriety tests that he allegedly failed, De La Hoya was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol and released to his manager, the CHP reported.

De La Hoya won several world titles in six different weight classes before his retirement.

Legisladores de California Reconocen Labor y Carrera del ‘Golden Boy’

July 3, 2014 by · 1 Comment 

El exboxeador Óscar De La Hoya fue reconocido el jueves ante el Congreso de California en una iniciativa presentada por dos legisladores hispanos para destacar no sólo su carrera deportiva sino también su influencia en la economía del estado y en las comunidades más necesitadas.

Tanto el senador Kevin De León como el asambleísta John Pérez, ambos demócratas de Los Ángeles, promovieron el reconocimiento de la carrera del “Golden Boy” angelino que incluyó 10 títulos mundiales y una medalla olímpica de oro.

“Nos enorgullece celebrar sus logros, especialmente su reciente inducción en el Salón Internacional de la Fama del Boxeo, tanto como atleta, empresario líder comunitario, latino y californiano”, destacó Pérez.

El excampeón mundial, de 41 años, una vez retirado de su exitosa carrera boxística, fundó en el 2002 en Los Ángeles, la empresa Promociones Golden Boy, siendo el primer hispano en poseer una compañía para promover boxeadores.

Siete años atrás, en 1995, el medallista olímpico había creado la Fundación Óscar De La Hoya de la cual surgieron posteriormente la Preparatoria Chárter Óscar De La Hoya Ánimo, el Centro para el Tratamiento del Cáncer Cecilia González De la Hoya, el Centro Médico Infantil Óscar De La Hoya y varios programas extracurriculares para ayudar a los jóvenes a mantenerse alejados de las pandillas, las drogas y la delincuencia.

“Es un orgullo representar a mi ciudad del Este de Los Ángeles hoy y no estaría aquí si no fuera por el continuo apoyo de mi familia, amigos, mentores y extraordinarios seguidores”, dijo hoy De La Hoya.

Nacido de padres inmigrantes mexicanos en Montebello, De La Hoya comenzó su carrera boxística a los seis años y ganó la Medalla Olímpica de Oro a los 17, en 1992. El actual empresario hispano, que en su carrera profesional como boxeador ganó 39 peleas, 30 de ellas por nocaut, fue nombrado en el 2008 al Salón Olímpico de la Fama de Estados Unidos y a principios de este mes fue inducido al Salón Internacional de la Fama del Boxeo.

El senador De León resaltó que el boxeador y empresario nunca se olvidó de su origen y recalcó sobre “lo mucho que ha devuelto a su comunidad en el Este de Los Ángeles, y sus sucesos continuos, seguidos de su carrera atlética que son una inspiración para todos los californianos”.

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