Patriot’s Day Parade Means Crazier-Than-Usual Saturday Traffic

Bottom line: plan ahead, whether going to the parade or driving around it.

The Laguna Beach Police Department issued a reminder notice yesterday, calling attention to the city’s annual Patriot’s Day Parade, which is set to take place on the streets of the downtown village this Saturday.

Traffic in the area will be heavily congested due to street closures. While Coast Highway and Laguna Canyon Road will remain open throughout the day, motorists are advised to find alternative routes if they’re not attending the parade.

The street closures will take place from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. The affected roadways are:

  • Park Avenue (between Wendt Terrace and Coast Highway)
  • Glenneyre Street (between Legion Street and Forest Avenue)
  • Forest Avenue (the entire length between Coast Highway and Laguna Canyon Road)
  • Third Street (the entire length between Park and Forest avenues)
  • Second Street (the entire length between Mermaid Street and Forest Avenue)
  • Mermaid Street (the entire length between Second and Third streets)

The actual parade will step off at 11 a.m. from the intersection of Park Avenue and Legion Street in front of Laguna Beach High School, then continue down Park, turning right on Glenneyre and right again on Forest, then left on Third, passing in front of City Hall and the reviewing stand before turning the corner on Ocean Avenue and disbursing (see map).

The scheduled lineup for the 45th annual parade:

1.      Motor Escort
2.     Parade Banner, Laguna Beach Boy Scouts
3.     United States Marine Corps Mounted Color Guard, Barstow
4.     Marching Band
5.     Parade President Michael Lyons
6.     Parade Theme Banner, Laguna Beach Girl Scouts
7.     Grand Marshals Al Roberts and Ken Jillson
8.     American Legion Post 222/Veterans of Foreign Wars Combined Color Guard
9.     Honored Patriot Frank Keneley, U.S. Army Air Corps
10.   South Orange County Vietnam Veterans
11.   Citizen of the Year Pat Kollenda
12.   Laguna Beach Sister Cities Association
14.   Junior Citizens of the Year Caroline Rechter and Ben Hanson
15.   Laguna Beach High School Alumni Association
16.   Laguna Beach Unified School District Elementary Band
18.   Artists of the Year,
19.   Athlete of the Year, James Pribram
20.  Patience Wright NS, Daughters of the American Revolution
21.   Orange County Chapter, Sons of American Revolution
22.   Exchange Club of Laguna Beach
23.   and Officers
24.   Boy Scout Troop 35/Cub Scout Pack 35
25.   Laguna Beach Girl Scouts
26.   San Clemente Scots
28.   AIDS Services Foundation
29.   Pacific Marine Mammal Center
30.   Laguna Beach Little League
31.   Antelope Valley High School Band, Lancaster
32.   National Children’s Study
33.   Laguna Beach Seniors
35.   Guide Dogs for the Blind, VIP3 Puppy Raisers
36.   Soroptimist International of Laguna Beach
37.   Kyne Dance Academy
38.   Walt and Pamela Otto
40.   Rotary Club of Laguna Beach
42.   LaPlaya Center/Orange County Model A Ford Club
43.   Bassett High School Band, La Puente
44.   Laguna News-Post
45.   Y-Adventure Guides
46.   Assisteens
48.   Laguna Beach Independent
51.   City of Laguna Beach Marine Safety Department
53.   Laguna Beach Water Polo Club
54.   Rialto Middle School Band, Rialto
55.   Doctor’s Ambulance
56.   Mission Hospital—Laguna Beach
57.   Susan G. Komen for the Cure
58.   Excalibur Car Club
59.   Coastline Pilot
61.   Capistrano Valley Model A Club
62.   StuNewsLaguna
63.   Laguna Board of Realtors
64.   Affiliates of the Board of Realtors
66.   and “Keep It Wild”
67.   Foothills Middle School Band, Arcadia
69.   HIP District
70.   Ebell Club of Laguna Beach
71.   Tommy Bahama—Laguna Beach
72.   Laguna Beach Garden Club
73.   /
75.   Oak Avenue Intermediate School Band, Temple City
76.   Laguna Beach Film Society
77.   Laguna Laughter Club
82.   Fountain Valley Marching Band
83.   Diamond Crestview Neighbors
84.   Kings Order of El Mysah
85.   Mel Jackson Fitness Through Dance
87.   Townsend Junior High School Band, Chino Hills
88.   Village Laguna
90.   Waste Management of Orange County
91.   Zero Trash
93.   Oaks Middle School Band, Ontario
94.   Orange County Peace Corps Association
96.   Peter Salomon/WWII Rangers Lead the Way
97.   Transition Laguna Beach
98.   Honors Chorus of / Schools
101.   Laguna Beach Lifeguard Association
102.  Richard Leger
103.  Company 77 “Mobile Pizza Unit”
104.  Spurs & Satin

Donna Gee March 05, 2011 at 07:02 AM
The wonderful Laguna Beach High School CHEERLEADERS will also be marching with the band (#4)
Rich Kane March 06, 2011 at 03:59 AM
I got 'em on video, Donna! We have a parade slideshow up right now at http://patch.com/A-f80j that you can check out, and keep watching all weekend for even more coverage, including a report, more photos, and video...


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