Daisy Avenue Christmas Tree Lane Parade
The Daisy Avenue Parade & Holiday Program is a unique tradition in the heart of the Wrigley District in Long Beach. The Daisy Avenue Parade is special in that it is the only holiday parade that runs down a residential street and not a commercial corridor.
The parade began in 1953 when Gertrude Whittle asked the Long Beach City Council and Council of Churches to help her decorate the park-like median on Daisy Avenue with a Christmas Village and nativity scene. Since then, many of the area residents between Pacific Coast Highway and Willow Street decorate their homes and the trees running down the median are lit up with tree lights. Each year the holiday event grows to include more displays, entertainment, and of course the well-attended parade.
From the WANA site…
“The parade features high school bands, clowns, horses, dancers, high school cheerleaders, scout troops, antique cars and bicycles, fire engines and much more. On the day of the pageant, volunteers help coordinate the various bands, floats and other activities. Many elected officials partake in the procession ranging from the Long Beach Mayor to the Long Beach City Council members and other elected officials.”
This year’s parade is on Saturday, December 14th at 5 PM. And will begin on Daisy Avenue at Burnett, heads south Toward Hill, proceeds down the east side of Daisy to PCH, makes a U-turn, heads back up toward Hill, turns west on Hill, and then North on Maine back to Burnett.