Sunset Beach Santa drives in the parade with the family. Sunset
Beach's Christmas NO Parade is fun-filled nonstop action.
Santa comes to town early for
the Sunset Beach NO Parade held annually in the one-mile strip of
sunshine, sand and fun. Home to some esteemed guests such as birds,
fish and folks, Sunset Beach celebrates the holidays with annual
events that can be low-key or higher octave. Either way, they are
always fun because they are so, "NO."
From the mile-long garage sale
to the the parade that celebrates being the unassuming neighbors
across the street from Huntington Harbour, this beach front
community in Southern California's northwestern region of Orange
County likes to keep things fairly simple...and fun. The parade that
was created as a community-involved event is not completely about
the parade, itself. Only a handful of participants show up to be in
the parade. But the night lights up with parties along the strip
(Pacific greenbelt) at homes with music playing, firepits glowing
and people laughing, all to enjoy life at the beach.
You gotta' have a sense of
humor when living so close to the ocean. Some years when the tides
are high and storms brew off shore, the lower level portions of
houses, and single story homes do flood occasionally.
Residents don't generally sweat the small stuff. And for that they
get the benefit of homes overlooking the beach or within a few feet
walk across the street.
The picture above shows a
bright ted SUV filled with delight. A furry little puppy sits
cradled in his daddy's arms, while momma Santa drives the car. One
of the best decorated vehicles in the NO Parade, the vehicle is
topped with tons of teddy bears and lights. Someone went
all out to create a kids' fantasy in the spirit of Christmas.