Brisk fall weather and sunny skies greeted participants and spectators at the 58th Annual Old Town Orcutt Christmas Parade on Saturday.
Approximately 70 entries traveled along Broadway and Clark Avenue, starting at noon, as people set up chairs on the sidewalk or sat on the curb to watch the procession with the theme of “Orcutt Christmas.”
Members of the Friends of the Orcutt Library rode in a place of honor as the parade grand marshals with a float sporting a sign reading, appropriately, “Never Stop Reading” as riders enjoyed various books.
The Orcutt Library, at 175 S. Broadway, is one of four branches of the Santa Maria Public Library, with the Orcutt Friends group holding book sales and other events to help purchase materials to boost the library’s offerings.
Parade organizers sought donations of canned food items or funding to be donated to the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County.
Bands, cars, floats, Boy Scouts and dogs made their way on Broadway and Clark in Old Town Orcutt to the delight of spectators, especially younsters eager to collect candy that was handed out along the route.
Orcutt’s Christmas Parade started in 1961 and was organized for years by the community’s volunteer fire department before the agency disbanded. Since then, members of the Orcutt Lions Club and its community foundation have taken on the duties.
The parade occurs thanks to the efforts of a small army of volunteers, some of whom begin organizing the event as early as September.
Also Saturday, the Kiwanis Club of Guadalupe hosted that city’s annual evening parade with the theme of “Peace, Love and Hope Around the World.”
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