LANCASTER — You will hear sleigh bells ring as the holiday season gets an official kickoff Saturday with the annual Lancaster Chamber of Commerce Christmas/Holiday Parade down Lancaster Boulevard.

With the theme “Sleigh Rides Through the City,” the local tradition will begin at 10 a.m. at 10th Street West and Lancaster Boulevard, traveling east on the north side of the street, “which is the sunny side,” said Anna Zarley, parade organizer with the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce.

The parade ends at Antelope Valley High School on Division Street.

It will feature more than 125 entries, including everything from local dignitaries and community queens to dance troupes and car clubs.

“It’s huge,” Zarley said, with some 5,000 people taking part.  

Marching bands from schools across the Antelope Valley and one from Santa Ana will participate not only in the parade, but in a competition as well, Zarley said. The top three bands will receive $500 prizes from the chamber.

Of course, Santa Claus himself serves as the grand marshal, his appearance marking the true start to the holiday festivities.

“It’ll be a fun day,” Zarley said.

To accommodate the par­ade, street closures around the route are sched­uled to begin at 6 a.m. Sat­ur­day and run until the con­clusion of the parade at around noon.

The following streets will be closed:

— 15th Street West from Newgrove Street to Lan­cas­ter Boulevard.

— Lancaster Boulevard from 15th Street West to Division Street.

— 10th Street West from Jackman to Newgrove streets.

— Sierra Highway from Jackman to Milling streets.

— Division Street from Jackman to Milling streets.

Surrounding side streets will also be closed in these areas.

Here is the parade lineup:

Air Force Junior ROTC CA-20014 Lancaster High School

City of Lancaster

Lancaster Chamber of Commerce

Miss Lancaster — Kimberly Bott

Senator Scott Wilk

Assemblyman Tom Lackey

California Highway Patrol

Antelope Valley Board of Trade

Lancaster Sheriff Station — Captain Weber

Edwards Air Force Base

City of Palmdale

Palmdale Chamber of Commerce

Antelope Valley Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Lancaster Auto Mall

Lancaster West Rotary

Lancaster JetHawks

Quartz Hill Chamber of Commerce

Antelope Valley Squadron — US Navy Sea Cadet Corps

AV Detachment 930 & Antelope Valley Young Marines

Antelope Valley Community Queens

AVTA Stuff-A-Bus

Edwards Air Force Base JROTC

Century 21 — Doug Anderson

High Desert Medical Group-Rally Auto Group

Desert Christian Gymnastics

AV Nice

AV Temptation

Cole Middle School

American Legion Riders Chapter 311

Linda Verde Elementary

Antique Automobile Club of America

High Desert 4 Wheelers

Extensions Performing Arts Dancers

Lancaster Optometry

High Desert Cruiser Classic Car Club

Royalty High Steppers Drill Team

TJDrum Squad

Rosamond Community Queens

Knight High School — Knight Hawk Regiment

Antelope Valley Corvette Club

RC Limousine


Friends ofLittlerock Dam

AV Dance Studio ‘81

Desert Sands Dance Craze!

Palmdale Sheriff Boosters

Cub Scout Pack 614

High Volkage Vintage Volkswagen Car Club

Santa Ana Valley High School Falcon Marching Band

Troop and Pack 391

Eastside Community Queens

Stage 28

Dance Magic Studios

Don’s Residential Doors

Antelope Valley Dream Center

Just Dance Studio

Lancaster Masonic Lodge

Quartz Hill High School Band and Pag­eantry

Lancaster School District Early Child­hood Education.

Palmdale Queens

Palmdale Fin and Feather

Rotary Club of Lancaster Sunrise

Rancho Vista Community Queens

Cruzaders for Christ Calvary Chapel AV

Grace Lutheran School Band

Special Olympics Antelope Valley

Care Net Women’s Resource Center

Lancaster Antelope Valley FFA

DGM Middle School Cheerleaders

Mental Health America

Eastside High School — Lion Pride Marching Band

Amigos de la Feria

2018 Edwards Air Force Base Queens

True Memories

CSUB-AV, Criminal Justice & Sociolo!!V Clubs

Dazzler Cheer

Cedar Performing Arts

Jr. Miss Lancaster — Amaya Williams

SOL Plaza Boutique Mall/Talk of the Town Drill Team

Littlerock High School Marching Band

Littlerock High School JROTC

Friends of Hl-N-LO

City of Lancaster Ballet Folklorico

Best Start Lancaster

K-Mix 106.3

Music and Kids

Antelope Valley Social Clubs

Quartz Hill Community Queens

Highland High School Marching Band

Lancaster High Interact

Wasteland Roller Derby

Kids N Colors Daycare

Antelope Valley High School Lopes Cheer

2018 Mojave Queens

Young Miss Lancaster 2018 — Diana Calzada

Anchor Community Church

Knuckles Up! Side x Side Group

Paraclete High School Dance Team

Camacho Auto Sales

Kona Ice of Lancaster

Tropico Middle School Marching Band

Little Miss Lancaster 2018 — Emily Calzada

Gold Wing Road Riders Association

Tiny Miss Lancaster

Hu!!hes-Elizabeth Lakes Royal Court

Piute Middle School Marching Band

Cadillac Kings Antelope Valley

Girl Scouts Lancaster Service Unit

iLEAD Schools

Girl Scout Troop 70512

AV Ford Lincoln & Mazda

Premier Dental Clinic

California Teachers Association — CTA

Antelope Acres Community Queens

Teen Miss Lancaster 2018

Adelman Broadcasting

Renaissance Church

KSTARRS Internet Radio Services

Antelope Valley Girls Softball Asso­ciation

Charter College

AV Veterinary Center

Lancaster AYSO Region 91

Enterprise Elementary Dance Team

County of Los Angeles Animal Care Center

Lakays Cycling Club/Team and Company

Boron Community Queens

Los Charros Del Antelope Valley

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