Nostalgia in Newport

Photo series courtesy of Newport Beach Historical Society

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Photo donated by Mrs. F. L. Lindeman/Courtesy of NBHS

This is one of at least five of Newport Beach’s Rose Parade float entries, lined up on Orange Grove Boulevard, ready for the 1948 Pasadena parade. It depicts the Flight of the Snowbirds which started in 1936 and is now Newport Harbor’s oldest continuous annual sailboat race. It began with Snowbird class boats and in 1975 as they became less popular it became the Flight of Lasers, and then in 2017 it added the Harbor 20 Class and was named the Flight of Newport. In 1938, the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce entered a float featuring Newport-Balboa Queen Marilyn Hill. This century, the city’s floats appeared in 2006, “Sailing Through the Century” and in 2024, “Jingle on the Waves,” which set the record for the longest float entry ever.

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