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Volume 6, Issue 75  | September 17, 2021


Parade, reception honor Olympians on Peninsula

Red, white and blue were the colors of the day, only to be overshadowed by gold, as Newport Beach honored local Olympians in a parade down the Balboa Peninsula on Sunday, Sept. 12 that ended at the American Legion Hall Harbor Post 291.

The gold sparkled from the necks of the U.S. Women’s Water Polo team members and beach volleyball star April Ross, who each proudly wore their medals around their necks from summer’s Tokyo Olympics.

Parade, reception Olympians in parade

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Courtesy of the Office of Supervisor Katrina Foley

Supervisor Katrina Foley and the Olympic athletes in the parade from Balboa Pier down to Veterans Memorial Park

The parade, with American flags waving everywhere, began at the Balboa Pier and moved along Balboa Boulevard down to 15th Street and into Veterans Memorial Park next to the American Legion Hall.

Parade, reception April Ross Ct

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(L-R) Costa Mesa Councilmember Manuel Chavez, Costa Mesa Mayor John Stephens presenting the April Ross Ct sign to Olympian gold medalist April Ross, April Ross with the Costa Mesa Key to the City, Costa Mesa Councilmember John Harlan with the City of Costa Mesa Proclamation and Supervisor Foley

Costa Mesa Mayor John Stephens emceed the parade reception, introducing the Olympians in attendance. Those included: Ross, women’s water polo players Kaleigh Gilchrist, Paige Hauschild, Maddie Musselman, Melissa Seidemann and Alys Williams; men’s water polo players Luca Cupido and Jesse Smith; Charlie Buckingham from sailing; and Jack Williams from archery.

Parade, reception Katrina and Olympians

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The Olympians gather around Supervisor Foley (center) in front of the American Legion Hall Harbor Post 291

Stephens then called on Supervisor Katrina Foley (2nd District) to speak and she thanked those in attendance and also recognized the Olympians and others responsible for making the parade and reception possible.

Parade, reception Olympians and NMUSD

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Olympic athletes surround NMUSD board members Michelle Barto (red blouse) and Ashley Anderson (blue striped dress) at the reception 

Local electeds also in attendance included City Councilmembers Joy Brenner and Diane Dixon, Michelle Barto and Ashley Anderson from the Newport-Mesa Unified School District, Rep. Michelle Steel, Assemblywoman Cottie Petrie-Norris and State Senator Tom Umberg.

Parade, reception Steve and Katrina

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Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Steve Rosansky with Supervisor Foley

A host of wonderfully restored vintage cars served as the parade chariots for the Olympic athletes. The flag closing ceremony with retiring the colors was conducted by Scout Troop 606.

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