Carmel’s Centennial Parade Heralds in Another 100 Years of Joyous Artistry

0

14611025_10154075796971347_2548311742858072829_nWords: Ana L. Roman

Photos: Manny Espinoza

14650305_10154075798156347_8076462749710536804_n

Last Saturday’s Centennial Parade in Carmel brought revelers from far and wide, local inhabitants that have lived on Carmel’s shores for generations, and new visitors alike.

14639820_10154075798391347_6095038066624179703_n

Before the festivities kicked-off, this style and sometimes events writer found herself just a few feet away from the Grand Marshal himself, Clint Eastwood. All wise smiles, knowing eyes, and friendliness, he portrayed himself every bit the artist and creative I would have expected and hoped; humble, grateful, and filled with joy.

14900379_10154075796901347_2251998039839735315_n

14907668_10154075797286347_1788034247707562053_n

As the former mayor rode shotgun on the Wells Fargo Stagecoach, the parade slowly meandered its way down Ocean Ave. My big-city NYC eyes looked down from a rooftop that Manny Espinoza and I so gallantly climbed up to watch the festivities.

14590480_10154075797731347_6780965501000744875_n

14900454_10154075798226347_8331514143911329735_n

14581463_10154075798461347_337762099821372383_n

We were  greeted with multiplying throngs of spectators increasing by the minute. Huge floats about as wide as half the size of Ocean Ave. provided spectacles of dancing ballerinas, conductors, and various forms of choreography that wouldn’t have been made possible without the help of a company who constructs the floats for Pasadena’s Tournament of Roses parade.

14516497_10154075797841347_4199812478049761227_n

14581356_10154075798301347_1047204783487453169_n

14570484_10154075798031347_8634517888363323805_n

The atmosphere was as bubbly as a glass of sparkling rosé with the sun shining through it! All in all, amazing execution, coordination, and efforts accomplished by the city of Carmel and the volunteers who so joyously gave their time and hard work to the endeavor.

14606496_10154075797436347_669620159663810705_n

However, with the new mayor Steve Dallas in tow I couldn’t help but wonder what do the next 100 years have in store for Carmel and how will the millennials, new residents, and hungry creatives make their mark on this beautiful enclave of the world?

 

Time can only tell…

 

 

Share.

About Author

Comments are closed.