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Lompoc Finally Sees “A Storybook Christmas” Parade

After last year's rainy washout, Mother Nature serves up a lovely night for annual procession

Santa Claus awaits his turn to appear in the Lompoc Valley Children’s Christmas Season Parade in a sled pulled, not by reindeer, but the Lompoc Fire Department.
Santa Claus awaits his turn to appear in the Lompoc Valley Children’s Christmas Season Parade in a sled pulled, not by reindeer, but the Lompoc Fire Department. (Janene Scully / Noozhawk photo)
Ailani Hernandez, 5, leads a row of dancers for Culturas Dance Gallery in the Lompoc Valley Children’s Christmas Season Parade on Friday night. Click to view larger
Ailani Hernandez, 5, leads a row of dancers for Culturas Dance Gallery in the Lompoc Valley Children’s Christmas Season Parade on Friday night. (Janene Scully / Noozhawk photo)

"A Storybook Christmas" rolled through Lompoc on Friday night, a year after rainy weather forced the cancelation of the holiday parade.

Approximately 60 entries participated in the Lompoc Valley Children's Christmas Season Parade, traveling south on North H Street before going west on Ocean Avenue, with the procession lasting approximately an hour.

"We are so excited that Mother Nature supported us this year," said JoAnne Plummer, Lompoc recreation manager.

Last year's parade, with the same theme, had to be canceled twice due to rainy weather. 

"As you can see, it's packed with kids, with lights," Plummer said while sporting an elf costume. "Everybody's having a really good time depicting 'A Storybook Christmas.'"

"This is our favorite event because we have just so many people coming together to celebrate Lompoc, and all the community's pride is all at one location …" she said. "If you look down, you see huge crowds, and it just warms my heart."

Entries filled the staging area, completing last-minute decorations on their floats while dancers and musicians used the time to practice their performances. 

Justin Canada, as Joseph, and Danielle Vargas, as Mary with iPhone, get set to ride  in the Lompoc Valley Baptist School’s entry in the Lompoc Valley Children’s Christmas Parade. Click to view larger
Justin Canada, as Joseph, and Danielle Vargas, as Mary with iPhone, get set to ride in the Lompoc Valley Baptist School’s entry in the Lompoc Valley Children’s Christmas Parade. (Janene Scully / Noozhawk photo)

The Cabrillo High School Marching Band was one of the groups taking advantage of the added practice.

But band director Garson Olivieri had another message for his students: Remember to have fun.

"Your whole job is to bring joy to people," he said.

Awards were handed out after the parade at Centennial Park, where Lompoc High School was named the top marching band, Lompoc Recreation Division officials said.

The top youth group honor went to Girl Scouts of the Central Coast while Los Berros Elementary School PTA won best float.

Central Coast Cheer's enthusiasm earned the entry the best drill/spirit group while Lompoc Foursquare Church received the top faith-based entry award. 

Dance team/group honors went to The Alley Project and Vargas Jewelry shined among commercial entries to win honors in that category.

Noozhawk North County editor Janene Scully can be reached at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Follow Noozhawk on Twitter: @noozhawk, @NoozhawkNews and @NoozhawkBiz. Connect with Noozhawk on Facebook.

Finn Woodworth, center, and other members of Cub Scout Troop 64 await the start of the Lompoc Valley Children’s Christmas Season Parade on Friday night. Click to view larger
Finn Woodworth, center, and other members of Cub Scout Troop 64 await the start of the Lompoc Valley Children’s Christmas Season Parade on Friday night. (Janene Scully / Noozhawk photo)
With a hat adorned with garland, Angie Rojas, a sophomore, plays the flute with the Cabrillo High School Marching Band while awaiting the start of the Lompoc Valley Children’s Christmas Season Parade. Click to view larger
With a hat adorned with garland, Angie Rojas, a sophomore, plays the flute with the Cabrillo High School Marching Band while awaiting the start of the Lompoc Valley Children’s Christmas Season Parade. (Janene Scully / Noozhawk photo)

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