By Michael Picardi

The Holiday Parade in Desert Hot Springs, with the theme of Health and Wellness Through the Ages will make its way down palm Drive in DHS on Saturday, December 13, 2014 beginning at 11:00 am.

The DHS Holiday Parade is one of the largest in the Coachella Valley with over 60 organizations and more than three thousand participating: and that’s just those in the parade!

“This year we are honored to have as our Grand Marshall John Furbee who has given so much to our city over the years,” said Jennifer Braun-Christensen, organizer of the parade. “With our theme of Health and Wellness, John is the perfect choice having long been known for his healthy lifestyle and for his generosity providing financial help for the Swim Center among many other organizations in DHS,” she continued.

Sponsored by Mission Springs Water District, Desert Valley Disposal, H & R Block, Dynamic Insurance and the UPS Store, the parade is a representation of Unity in the Community with participants from every religious community in the city, low rider cars and motorcycles, bands, Groupo Folklorico, an Elton John “tribute” band and of course Santa Claus. The Holiday Parade is the one day that everyone comes together to celebrate the city and its diversity.

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“Additional entertainment will provided by Jerry Tapia and his ‘dancing car’, Reallyshoo and Tools For Tomorrow in the K-mart Shopping center lot, will keep the festivities going into the afternoon,” added Jennifer.

“Having local celebrities, including Patrick Evans (Eye on the Desert), Bill Fiengold, Elizabeth Moritz (Open Arts), Tracy Dietlin (Publisher of CV Weekly) and Arlene Rosenthal (Well in the Desert) judging all of the entries, from the floats to the performers to the bands in the parade, makes for friendly competition and community unity,” she concluded.

The parade will be stepping off at 11:00 at 1st and Pierson and move south to Two Bunch Palms ending with the entertainment in the parking area of the K-Mart Center.

DATE & TIME: December 14, 2014, 11:00am-3:00pm
LOCATION: Palm Drive, DHS from First St. to Two Bunch Palm Drive.