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Balboa Island Parade announces early June date for march down Marine Avenue

Did you know that the longest parade in the world is the Hanover Schützenfest in Germany which is 7 1/2 miles long and has more than 12,000 participants, including more than 100 bands and some 70 floats and carriages?

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, of course, runs from the Upper West Side of Manhattan down through Midtown over a 2 1/2-mile route.

Chicago’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade runs one mile through the South Side.

Perhaps the longest here in the U.S. is the annual Rose Parade that stretches 5 1/2 miles, which out-distances the Alameda 4th of July Parade of 3 1/3 miles as the longest.

Here in Newport Beach, on the opposite end of the spectrum is the Balboa Island Parade, which if you blink, is almost done. It officially runs from the Island Bridge down Marine Avenue for two whole blocks (and a little more) to Park Avenue.

Now, don’t get me wrong…those of us that know it and/or who have participated in it wouldn’t trade it! Period.

That being said, Gail Vasterling, who is one of the key folks behind the B.I. Parade’s organization, has informed us that the 29th Annual will be held on Sunday, June 2, rolling or walking at 11 a.m.

The theme this year is “Balboa Island in Paradise – A Tribute to Jimmy Buffet.”

Gail encourages those joining in to “come dressed in your favorite Jimmy Buffett attire! So, grab your fins, pirate, parrot or cheeseburger hats, flip flops and island shirts. Bring your beach chairs and join us for a fun day ‘Jimmy Buffett Island Style.’”

An after-party will feature the local band Mark Wood and the Parrot Head Band, which begins right after the parade is done in front of the fire station.

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Courtesy of Balboa Island Parade

The U.S. Marine Band is a popular attraction marching down Marine Avenue

For more information visit biia.org for parade participant registration forms, sponsorship and to be a volunteer. You may also pick up parade registration forms at Wilma’s, Irvine Ranch Market, and the Island Market near the Ferry.

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Last weekend was the Mayor’s Dinner at the VEA Newport Beach. Mayor Will O’Neill presented the State of the City Address for a crowd approaching 500 people.

If you missed it, I have good news for you. Mayor O’Neill will present it again at the Corona del Mar Chamber of Commerce Networking Luncheon on Wednesday, March 13 at Five Crowns Restaurant.

This will be an opportunity to meet & mingle, introduce and share about your business, enjoy a wonderful three-course luncheon prepared by the Five Crowns and enjoy Mayor O’Neill’s message.

The cost to Chamber members is $45 and $55 for other community guests. The check-in and networking is from 11:30 a.m-12 p.m., followed by lunch and the program.

Reserve your spot today.

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We talk about a number of sports at our local high schools, but one that doesn’t necessarily receive a lot of attention is wrestling. That certainly doesn’t mean that we don’t excel.

Case in point, Newport Harbor Wrestling had some impressive results recently to help cap off the Winter Sports session:

Duda Rodriguez was the CIF-SS Champion for the second time; the two-time Masters Champion; two-time State Champion; and UNDEFEATED for her entire high school career.

Skyler Gassell was a two-time CIF-SS Champion and Masters Champion.

Marlee Solomon won the CIF-SS Championship.

Anthony Manno, on the boys side, was a two-time CIF-SS Champion.

Demian Pryima was a CIF-SS Champion.

Congratulations to all and the coaches behind them that assisted in these accomplishments.

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The community is invited to join in The Ben Carlson Scholarship Annual Awards Dinner at the VEA Newport Beach on Friday, July 12 from 5:30-9 p.m.

It’s an evening of celebration and awards as they honor the 2024 Ben Carlson Scholarship recipients.

Individual and table sponsorships are available.

If you’ve never attended, you can expect to not only hear about the accomplishments of the recipients, but you’ll also hear the impacts of what the Ben Carlson Foundation is doing worldwide to prevent deaths and to make our waters safer.

It’s special.

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The Hoag Classic is just two weeks away. Here’s what’s on tap:

–Tuesday, March 19: Hoag Classic Community Breakfast at the VEA Newport Beach. It’s presented by the Hoag Orthopedic Institute and will feature David Duval as the guest speaker. It is by invitation only.

–Wednesday and Thursday, March 20-21: The Aston Martin Newport Beach Legends Pro-Am. Play takes place with morning and afternoon rounds each day. The public is invited.

–Friday, March 22: The Opening Round presented by City National Bank. Gates open at 8 a.m., with tee times off 1 and 10 from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

It’s followed by the Hoag Classic Opening Party from 5-8 p.m. at the VEA Newport Beach. Tickets are required and the event will feature a three-time multi-platinum Country Music guest(s) making a surprise appearance.

–Saturday, March 23: Round 2, and Military Appreciation Day, presented by Corelogic. Gates open at 8 a.m., tee times from 9:30-11:30 a.m.

The Military Honoree Recognition will follow play on the 18th green.

–Sunday, March 24: Final Round and Student Day, presented by Kingston Technology. Gates open at 8 a.m., Tee times from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

The day will include the Kingston Autograph Area from 2-4 p.m., a First Tee of OC Chipping Clinic for youth; and the Champions Trophy Presentation following play on the 18th green.

If you’re looking for a new way to enjoy the entire tournament, check out the Ritz-Carlton Residences, Newport Beach Lux Club Membership. It includes parking at the VEA, shuttle service to multiple spots throughout the course offering terrific views of the action and over-the-top craft cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and celebrity chef-curated menus.

Lux members will also enjoy the opening night party of Friday, have total access to the Newport Beach Country Club clubhouse, enjoy a private golf clinic during the weekend and a private driving range reception with a PGA TOUR Champions professional.

To find out more, go here.

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Now’s the time to cast your final vote for the pieces to be included in the next rotation of public art in the Sculpture Garden at Civic Center Park.

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“Inchoate” by artist Luke Achterberg from Phase VIII

The poll closes next Monday, March 11 and our City’s Arts Commission would like to make certain everyone that wants to share their voice has that opportunity.

The online poll is open to residents of Newport Beach and will determine the final selection of sculptures in Phase IX of the Sculpture Exhibition in Civic Center Park. These sculptures will be reviewed by City Council for final approval.

Works should be evaluated in four critical areas – artistic merit, durability, practicality and site appropriateness.

The online poll can be found at www.sparkoc.com/nb_sculpture_poll/.

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