Once again Montrose will ring in the holiday season with a Christmas parade of local dignitaries, school groups, high school marching bands, cheerleaders and floats filled with boisterous employees and owners of local businesses.
And this year, the festivities will begin hours earlier than usual, with a Santa's Village.
Saturday's event, which will wend down the center of the Montrose Shopping Park, will be the 28th Montrose-Glendale Christmas Parade. The event was originally created by Frank Roberts, a longtime Montrose business owner who wanted to bring people into the commercial area to shop.
Today, the parade is one of the biggest events of the year, attracting thousands who crowd the sidewalks of Honolulu Avenue, setting out chairs in the morning to save their prized spots. Realizing that not everyone has the time or temperament to set out lawn chairs before noon, parade organizers this year are setting up bleachers and selling reserved seating.