Belmont Shore Christmas Parade 2013 Celebrates Christmas by the Sea
2013-12-03 · By Editor
The 31st Annual Belmont Shore Christmas Parade comes to town Saturday, December 7, 2013 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. This year’s parade is on Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, so the theme, Christmas by the Sea, will support the troops, honor America’s veterans and remember Pearl Harbor.
The Grand Marshal is Long Beach 3rd District Councilmember Gary DeLong. The Belmont Shore Business Association is honoring him for two terms in the 3rd district.
The Belmont Shore Christmas Parade will march down East Second Street to the beat of over a dozen local marching bands. Featuring over 100 entries, including floats designed by Long Beach businesses and associations, marching bands, and local personalities and dignitaries. Floats will be judges based on execution of theme, originality of design and spectator appeal. And of course, no Christmas Parade would be complete without an appearance by good ol’ St. Nick!
The parade route is along East Second Street and begins heading east from Livingston Avenue to Bayshore Avenue. Entries return to Livingston Avenue heading west along the north side of East Second Street. Floats will be judges based on Execution of Theme, Originality of Design and Spectator Appeal.
With an estimated 50,000 people lining the 14-block stretch of Second Street, it should come as no surprise the amount of effort and preparation that goes into closing the street to the approximated 40,000 vehicles that travel it daily. To get more information, visit www.belmontshore.org/events.html.
Start time will be at 6 p.m. East 2nd St. will close to traffic at 5 p.m., at which time spectators may set up chairs and blankets for a front row seat to the parade.
Tips for the Belmont Shore Christmas Parade
The city of Long Beach has issued an announcement to remind the public about rules pertaining to the Belmont Shore Christmas Parade.
Sidewalk areas cannot be reserved with personal property until 5:00 p.m. and center medians until 5:30 p.m. All items will be removed and taken to Bayshore Library for pick-up. Most importantly, areas may not be “roped off”. Such obstacles and possessions may be removed and taken to the Bay Shore Library for pick up after the event. The placement of these types of items along the parade route has created pedestrian and motor vehicle traffic issues, in addition to causing problems for businesses. In an effort to prevent any accidents or injuries, and in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, personal property found along the parade route prior to the street closures will be confiscated at the direction of the Long Beach Police Department and taken to the Bayshore Library for pick-up after the event.
The law strictly prohibits the consumption of alcoholic beverages on public property and appropriate action will be taken against anyone in violation. Municipal and Penal Code sections in regards to under-age drinking and/or possession of alcohol will also be enforced. Signs notifying the community of potential enforcement action will be posted along the route and inside most of the businesses.
The following streets will be closed for the Belmont Shore Christmas Parade:
- Livingston Avenue will be closed from Ocean Boulevard to East Second Street at 2:00 p.m. for staging parade entrants.
- All north/south streets from Quincy to Claremont Avenues will be closed up to the immediate alleyways that run parallel to 2nd Street on both the south and north sides at 4:00 p.m.
- East Second Street will closed from Livingston to Bayshore Avenues at 4:45 p.m.
Parking for the Belmont Shore Parade
Please be respectful when parking in the surrounding residential area. Parking is free in the Ocean Blvd lots after 3pm.
People are encouraged to take the LB Transit Passports. From downtown: Ocean Blvd eastbound to 2nd St. will turn left on Termino to Broadway. The Passport traveling west on 2nd St. can be picked up at the north side bus stop on 2nd St. & Marina Drive and will travel to Bayshore. Parking is available at the Marina parking lot.
Paradegoers are encouraged to come early and enjoy some of the shopping and dining on 2nd Street.
Belmont Shore Christmas Parade Video
Watch this video from the 2009 Belmont Shore Christmas Parade for a sneak peak of what you might see again in 2013!