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Calling all community support for the Fourth of July Parade!

Interested in participating in the 20th anniversary of the Fourth of July Parade? Organizers are looking for community support to help make this Westchester tradition the best parade yet.

Hosted by the LAX Coastal Chamber, organizers are putting out the call for entries, volunteers and sponsors for this year’s celebration.

“The Fourth of July Parade was only supposed to be a one-time event to celebrate the millennium,” said LAX Coastal Chamber President/CEO Christina Davis. “So the fact that we’re now celebrating our 20th anniversary says a lot about the dedication of our volunteers and our community that supports this tradition year after year. It’s a special feeling to see Loyola Blvd. lined every July 4th with families, neighbors and people from across the city, and we’re dedicated to putting on an entertaining event for them.”

Applications to participate in the parade are due by May 17. Floats are especially encouraged, as well as entries with musical numbers. As this is a milestone year for the event, organizers are asking potential participants to put extra thought and creativity into their applications.

The theme for the 2019 parade is “America…Better Together” and symbolizes the importance of working together and focusing on what unites us to make a stronger community and nation.

For more information about participating, please visit laxcoastal.com/parade or call (310) 645-5151.

Twenty years of parades and community

One thing we can all agree on is that our community, and our country, is better when we all work together! This year marks the 20th anniversary of the LAX Coastal Fourth of July Parade, and organizers have selected, “America…Better Together” as the 2019 theme. With the goal of celebrating what connects us and promoting unity, the theme represents that working together makes us a stronger, more diverse and prosperous nation.

“The parade is such a positive community event, and with our 20th anniversary, we really wanted to highlight that great things can be accomplished when everyone comes together for common goals and collaboration,” said LAX Coastal Chamber President/CEO Christina Davis. “Our parade wouldn’t be possible without volunteers, neighbors, sponsors and our participants, and we’re excited to celebrate what unites us all as members of our community, our city and our country.”

Applications for participating in this year’s event are available at laxcoastal.com/parade and are due by May 17. Entries that include building a float and a musical component are especially appreciated. 

Organizers are also looking for the National Anthem singer for this year’s event. Auditions will be held in April, and those interested in a tryout are asked to email info@laxcoastal.com for more info.

“Since it’s an anniversary year for the parade, we’re working on a few special surprises for our community and spectators,” said Davis. “We’re also looking to book more musical entries and entertainment to make this our best year yet.”

To help commemorate the parade’s anniversary, the HomeTown News is holding an essay contest. Those interested in participating are asked to submit a 500-word or less essay answering “How is the Fourth of July Parade an important part of the fabric of the community?”; “How does the Fourth of July Parade bring the community together?” or “Why and what do you love about the Fourth of July Parade?” 

Essays are due by Thursday, May 30, and two will be selected for publication in the July Parade edition of the HomeTown News. The writers of the winning essays will also receive a gift card to a local restaurant. Please email the essays to westchesterhometown@yahoo.com.

Posted February 2019.

Help choose the Fourth of July Parade theme!

Every year, thousands of community members gather for Westchester’s largest patriotic celebration in honor of America’s birthday and to show a little hometown pride at the Westchester Fourth of July Parade. Next year, when America celebrates its 243rd birthday, the parade will also be celebrating a momentous occasion–its 20th anniversary!

Organizers have already started meeting to create a wish list of entries, floats and entertainment, but first they need the community’s help in selecting a parade theme. The parade committee is asking anyone with an idea for a fun, engaging theme for the event to email laxcoastalonparade@gmail.com by Friday, November 23rd. Every person who submits an original idea will be entered into a $25 gift card raffle to a local restaurant. If a submitted theme is selected for the 20th anniversary event, the winner will be invited to ride in the parade with their family and will also receive a parade swag bag.
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100percentLA campaign showcases Otis alumni artwork at LAX

Westchester’s Otis College of Art and Design is turning 100 on September 30, and the college is kicking-off a number of community collaborations to help celebrate its centennial. One of these first partnerships is with Los Angeles World Airports, which recently held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to unveil artwork from 2018 Otis graduates.

The artwork, located in terminals throughout LAX, is part of the airport’s “100percentLA” campaign, designed to use art to highlight Los Angeles’ unique aesthetic and encourage visitors to take photos to post on social media.

“LAX is excited to partner with Otis College of Art and Design for the ‘100percentLA’ campaign, which highlights the creativity and vibrancy of our city as seen through the eyes of young local artists and designers,” said Keith Wilschetz, Deputy Executive Director for Emergency Management and Operations at LAX. “These exciting works of art, which will be installed throughout our LAX terminals this summer, help create a uniquely L.A. experience for our guests and provide an opportunity for them to engage in the campaign and share their own LA stories.” Continue reading

Wanted: Westchester’s 75 Leaders Nominations

Do you know a leader in Westchester that deserves to be recognized for their dedication to the community?

The Westchester 75th Anniversary Committee is looking for nominations of people who either live, work or volunteer in Westchester that have enriched the community through their time, talent or donations. Those interested in nominating someone will be asked to include a brief write-up on their nominee. The list will be published in a future edition of the HomeTown News.

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Westchester 75 Art Contest Winners

In September, the Westchester 75th Anniversary Committee put out a call for student artists in the area to create drawings using the theme “Our Little Piece of Paradise: Celebrating 75 Years of Westchester.” The committee received more than 100 entries from students ranging from 5-16, which displayed their artistic talent while highlighting Westchester. Judges from the committee and Councilmember Mike Bonin loved all of the submissions and selected a grand prize and 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winning drawings in the age groups of 5-9; 10-13; and 14-18. The winning drawings will be displayed in Councilmember Bonin’s Westchester office. Continue reading

Let’s Celebrate Westchester!

Please join the Westchester 75th Anniversary Committee for a Celebration of Westchester on Thursday, October 27 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Loyola Marymount University. Guests can enjoy live music, food, drinks, photo booth, a display of historical society photos and memorabilia, as well as recognition of some of the people that have helped make Westchester What it is today. Continue reading