Community Spirit Makes a Splash
Loyola Boulevard was awash in red, white and blue for the 17th annual Westchester Fourth of July Parade, a local tradition that continues to grow in popularity each year.
This year’s crowd of spectators appeared to be the largest yet — quite possibly as many 10,000 people, said Gwen Vuchsas, chair of the LAX Coastal Chamber of Commerce’s parade committee.
The Westchester Babe Ruth 15-year-old All-Stars baseball team, winners of the 2015 Babe Ruth World Series, served as parade grand marshal.
Westchester Lutheran School once again took Best Overall Float honors with a 1/16 scale model of Howard Hughes’ historic Spruce Goose flying over a diorama of Westchester. Float mastermind Dan Garr also built a large wooden ship float to represent St. Monica Catholic High School.
Phil Gilboy of The Real Estate Consultants sponsored a giant red, white and blue birthday cake for Westchester, which celebrates its 75th anniversary this year.
1. Visitation Church and School won the Spirit of the Parade Award for its float depicting the historic Loyola Theater.
2. Rotary members rode on an antique Los Angeles Fire Department truck.
3. The cutest watermelon and strawberry in town made a cameo appearance.
4. Loyola Marymount University was out in spirit with mascot Iggy the Lion.
5. Westchester Lutheran School took Best Overall Float honors with its depiction of the Spruce Goose flying over Westchester.
6. Charro horses delighted the crowd.
7. The Inglewood High School Sentinels Marching Band had pep in their step.
8. Dorothy Rose, a 62-year Westchester resident, came up with this year’s parade theme: “Our Little Piece of Paradise”