Celebrate a Long Beach Tradition; The 62nd Annual Daisy Avenue Christmas Tree Lane Parade
2015-12-08 · By Editor
Long Beach City Councilmember Roberto Uranga invites the residents of Long Beach and the greater Los Angeles & Orange County areas to celebrate the Holiday Season with a parade that is so unique that it can only be a Long Beach tradition! The 62nd Annual Daisy Avenue Christmas Tree Lane Parade will take place this Saturday, December 12, 2015, kicking off at 5:00 PM. This unique community event is a collaborative effort between the City of Long Beach and the Wrigley Area Neighborhood Alliance, a local neighborhood group, that sees community members come together to enjoy a parade and entertainment nights during the Holiday Season.
This year’s Daisy Lane Parade is not only bigger than last year’s but also includes ten new parade participants. Noting this positive development, Councilmember Uranga stated:
“The bigger parade line up goes to show that love for this 62-year tradition is only getting stronger! I give a hearty welcome to our parade ‘regulars,’ as well as newcomers: American Cancer Society, Busy Little Bees Licensed Daycare, Greens Wrigley Boutique, Kiwanis Club of Bixby Knolls/North Long Beach, Leo’s Mexican Grill, Long Beach Junior Roller Derby, Plaza Little League, U.S. Vets Inc., West Long Beach Little League, and the Long Beach Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)!”
The Daisy Lane Parade began in 1953 as the brainchild of Gertrude Whittle. She was able to persuade the Long Beach City Council and Council of Churches to help decorate the grass median on Daisy Avenue between Pacific Coast Highway and Willow Street with a Christmas Village and nativity scene. Soon after, many area residents began decorating their homes and the Daisy Avenue median greenspace. As the event grew, the inclusion of more displays, entertainment nights, and a parade have shaped the tradition that we now know as the Daisy Lane Parade. The Seventh District and the Wrigley Area Neighborhood Alliance under the guidance of Maria Norvell, the “Mother of Christmas,” are proud to once again bring this event to the Long Beach community.
The Daisy Avenue Christmas Tree Lane Parade takes place in the Wrigley Neighborhood of Long Beach, travelling down Daisy Avenue between Hill Street and Pacific Coast Highway. For more information on the parade and other Daisy Lane events, please visit www.longbeach.gov/district7/community/projects/daisy-avenue-holiday-events.