There were some great floats in the LAX Coastal Chamber’s 15th Annual 4th of July Parade that took place on Friday, July 4th on Loyola Blvd.
This year’s theme was “Love My America” and asked parade participants to express what America means to them. Fifty floats and marching groups participated in this year’s event. Entries were judged at the start of the parade by chamber chairman Kelly King; chamber honorary mayor Rikki Barker and Nancy McClinch from Decron Properties, a parade sponsor. Floats were judged in the categories of “Best Overall,” “Best in Relation to Theme” and “Chairman’s Choice.” Judges considered how much time and effort was spent on the floats; use of color; adherence to theme; and the overall feel of the entry.
Congratulations to the winners of this year’s parade honors:
Best Overall: Westchester Lutheran Church and School
Best in Relation to Theme: Emerson Avenue Community Garden
Chairman’s Choice: Otis College of Art and Design
It was Westchester Lutheran’s Church and School’s third time in a row taking the “Best Overall” title. This year’s float was a tribute to the freedom to dream and brings dreams into reality that we have in America. The float featured a young boy in a “Radio Flyer” wagon with the dream of flying into space.
Emerson Avenue’s Community Garden’s float was a tribute to the American garden and featured a wheelbarrow drill team.
It was Otis College of Art and Design’s first time participating in the parade. The float, designed by students from the college’s Integrated Learning Class, was a tribute to protecting our country’s and the world’s animals and the group was joined by a local rescue group https://www.adoptandshop.org.
Photos by Glenn Marzano.