Saturday's Laguna Beach Patriots Day Parade: What You Need to Know

Hope you've been practicing your Royal Wave ... it's the city's annual roving celebration.

The 47th annual Laguna Beach Patriots Day Parade (theme: "All Together Now") steps off Saturday at 11 a.m. Laguna Beach Patch will be in it (entry #40, 50 spots better than last year! Woo-hoo!), so come say hello, or march with us!

Here are some links to Patch's previous parade Patch coverage:

Last year, photographer Kathy Ochiai snapped a ton of great shots of participants setting up and waiting for the parade to start. Photog Carly Layne also got over 150 lovely pics of the parade as it crept up Forest Avenue.

And here's our coverage from the 2011 parade: Click here for a photo slideshow by Marilynn Young. Click here for another slideshow by Kathy Ochiai. And watch a five-minute video of the parade by clicking right here—we're pretty sure we saw you in it ...

You can participate in this year's coverage by uploading your own parade photos and videos directly to Laguna Beach Patch. You can do that by going to our community gallery -- click here, and upload away! Seriously—go crazy with the uploads!

Also, bring sunblock and water, it may get hot ...

Other vital parade deets:


  • Grand Marshal: Capt. Jason Ehret, U.S. Navy Seals and a 1984 graduate of Laguna Beach High
  • Honored Patriot: Joseph A. Pursch, M.D., a 20-year U.S. Navy veteran
  • Citizens of the Year: Bonnie and Arnold Hano, longtime community activists
  • Athlete of the Year: Drake Martinez, star player of the Laguna Beach High football team
  • Artist of the Year: Pageant of the Masters, celebrating their 80th birthday this year
  • Junior Citizens of the Year: Michelle Elizabeth Brown and Brock Csira, both Laguna Beach High seniors


Coast Highway and Laguna Canyon Road will be open during the parade, but a handful of downtown streets will be closed from about 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Those roads are:

  • Park Avenue (Between Wendt Terrace and Coast Highway)
  • Glenneyre (Between Legion Street and Forest Avenue)
  • Forest Avenue (Entire length between Coast Highway and Laguna Canyon Road)
  • Third Street (Entire length between Park Avenue and Forest Avenue)
  • Second Street (Entire length between Mermaid and Forest Avenue)
  • Mermaid (Entire length between Second Street and Third Street)

There will be free parking across the street from the Festival of Arts while it lasts (get there early), and parking at Neighborhood Congregational Church for a small fee.

For a map of the parade route, click on the photo box to the upper right and scroll until you see it ...


  1. Laguna Beach Police Motor Escort
  2. Parade Banner, Laguna Beach Boy Scouts
  3. American Legion/Veterans of Foreign Wars Combined Color Guard
  4. 3d Marine Aircraft Wing Band, Marine Corps Air Station, Miramar
  5. Parade President Ed Hanke II
  6. Parade Theme Banner, Laguna Beach Girl Scouts
  7. Grand Marshal Capt. Jason Ehret, U.S. Navy Seal
  8. South Orange County Vietnam Veterans
  9. Honored Patriot of the Year Joseph A. Pursch, M.D., U.S. Navy
  10. Laguna Beach City Council and Officials
  11. Citizens of the Year Bonnie and Arnold Hano
  12. Laguna Beach Unified School District Board of Education
  13. SchoolPower
  14. Laguna Beach High School Band
  15. Junior Citizens of the Year Michelle Brown and Brock Csira
  16. Laguna Beach High School Alumni Association
  17. Athlete of the Year Drake Martinez
  18. Laguna Beach Unified School District Elementary Band
  19. Artists of the Year “Pageant of the Masters”
  20. Pageant of the Masters
  21. Bassett High School Band, La Puente
  22. Orange County Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution
  23. Patience Wright Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution
  24. Exchange Club of Laguna Beach
  25. Beach Harbor Limousine
  26. Kyne Dance Academy of Laguna Beach
  27. Laguna Beach Library
  28. Ralphs—Laguna Beach
  29. Pacific Marine Mammal Center
  30. Capistrano Valley Model A Club
  31. Laguna Beach Little League
  32. San Clemente Scots
  33. Laguna Beach Police Department
  34. Boy Scout Troop 35/Cub Scout Pack 35
  35. Girl Scouts of Laguna Beach
  36. Townsend Jr. High School Band, Chino Hills
  37. Boys and Girls Club of Laguna Beach
  38. La Playa Center/Orange County Model A Ford Club
  39. Hobie Sports
  40. Laguna Beach Patch.com
  41. AIDS Services Foundation
  42. Guide Dogs for the Blind, VIP3 Puppy Raisers
  43. Laguna Beach Seniors
  44. Laguna Beach Community Clinic
  45. Laguna Beach Parents Club
  46. Mission Hospital—Laguna Beach
  47. Laguna Beach Independent/Laguna Beach Magazine
  48. Y-Adventure Guides and Sunshine Nation
  49. Jurupa Valley High School Band
  50. Soroptimist International of Laguna Beach
  51. Orange County Affiliate, Susan G. Komen for the Cure
  52. So Cal Pitbull Team
  53. StuNews Laguna
  54. KX 93.5 Radio
  55. Rialto Middle School Band
  56. Walt and Pam Otto
  57. Coastline Pilot
  58. Pet Rescue Center
  59. Art-a-Fair
  60. Laguna News-Post
  61. JJ and the Habibis Laguna Beach Belly Dancers
  62. No Square Theatre
  63. Ruby’s Diner
  64. Anything Canine
  65. Laguna Playhouse
  66. Assistance League of Laguna Beach/Assisteens
  67. Laguna Laughter Club
  68. Palmdale High School Band
  69. Laguna Beach Rotary Club
  70. Diamond Crestview Neighbors
  71. United Studios of Self Defense
  72. Waste Management
  73. Laguna Beach Fire Department
  74. Laguna Beach Lifeguards
  75. Laguna Beach Water Polo Club
  76. Laguna Beach Sister Cities Association
  77. Tivoli Terrace and Tivoli Too!
  78. Ebell Club of Laguna Beach
  79. Laguna Coffee Company
  80. Foothills Middle School Band, Arcadia
  81. Excalibur Car Club
  82. HIP District
  83. Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce
  84. Combined Honors Choruses of Top of the World and El Morro Elementary Schools
  85. Laguna Beach Garden Club
  86. Laguna Board of Realtors
  87. First Team Estates
  88. Laguna Escrow Services
  89. Oaks Middle School Band, Ontario
  90. Dave DePierro
  91. Laguna Art Museum
  92. Laguna Beach Film Society
  93. Highland High School Band, Palmdale
  94. Sawdust Art Festival
  95. Transition Laguna Beach
  96. Growers First—Kids Helping Kids
  97. Spurs & Satin

For even more info, click on over to the main Patriot's Day Parade website here.

mocker February 27, 2013 at 08:50 PM
I wonder why the only marching bands are from La-high dessert--lancaster, etc..is it no support from or no invite to the many local cities like GG or Anaheim or El Toro or Dana Point, HB even Long Beach?
Rich Kane February 27, 2013 at 08:59 PM
Good question, mocker ... I know the Fountain Valley High band marched two years ago, but my guess is that whatever bands apply first get in. Also, keep in mind that the Dana Point Festival of Whales will be going on as well, so some OC bands will likely be marching in that. Saturday is just crazy with the parades in OC ...


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