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
Quartz Hill Chamber of Commerce
Antelope Valley Squadron — US Navy Sea Cadet Corps
AV Detachment 930 & Antelope Valley Young Marines
Antelope Valley Community Queens
Edwards Air Force Base JROTC
Century 21 — Doug Anderson
High Desert Medical Group-Rally Auto Group
Desert Christian Gymnastics
Cole Middle School
American Legion Riders Chapter 311
Linda Verde Elementary
Antique Automobile Club of America
High Desert 4 Wheelers
Extensions Performing Arts Dancers
High Desert Cruiser Classic Car Club
Royalty High Steppers Drill Team
Rosamond Community Queens
Knight High School — Knight Hawk Regiment
Antelope Valley Corvette Club
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
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 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
CSUB-AV, Criminal Justice & Sociolo!!V Clubs
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
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
Girl Scout Troop 70512
AV Ford Lincoln & Mazda
Premier Dental Clinic
California Teachers Association — CTA
Antelope Acres Community Queens
Teen Miss Lancaster 2018
KSTARRS Internet Radio Services
Antelope Valley Girls Softball Association
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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