By Jennifer Braun and Dave Christensen
DESERT HOT SPRINGS, CA – The Desert Hot Springs Community and Cultural Affairs Commission has successfully brought back the Desert Hot Springs Holiday Parade, with KNews afternoon host David Wilson as Grand Marshal. The popular local talk show personality can be heard weekdays from 3 to 6 p.m. on 94.3 KNews.
After a four year absence from the holiday calendar of events in Desert Hot Springs, this year’s parade promises to be bigger and better than ever before, with more than 50 organizations represented in the event. We’re “Bringing it back” in style with Holiday Parade Queen Consuelo Gonzalez, Zumba dancers, three high school marching bands, holiday floats, a parade contest with judges, and not to forget, for the children, jolly ole St. Nick himself, with MIX 100.5 DJ’ing the event.
The Parade ends at the corner of Two Bunch Palms and Palm Dr, with a Santa Claus photo shoot for the children. Holiday Parade judges Stan Adams, Christine Portella, Jose Pena, and Ernesto Guigieres will present the parade winning trophies in an award ceremony, hosted by Grand Marshal David Wilson. Also attending the parade and ceremonies will be our beloved Mayor Yvonne Parks, (who cast the deciding vote authorizing the parade) Riverside County Supervisor John Benoit, and Congressman-Elect Dr. Raul Ruiz.
The Holiday Parade event kicks-off at 11 a.m. Traffic and parade participants are advised to use Indian Ave. to Pierson Blvd. to avoid delays. For more information call the Desert Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce (760) 329-6403.