Balboa Parade

Newport Harbor Lodge Takes Part in the 2016
Balboa Island Annual Parade

That was us on Sunday, June 5! The little cart in the picture below, dressed up in red, white, and blue decorations is one of the Downtowner carts that park at the rear of our lodge. It was perfect for displaying our lodge sign and carrying a few lodge members in this small, 2-block long parade on Balboa Island. In front of the cart, Inner Guard Rick Van de Walle, was carrying the Elk flag. Rick was hidden by the flag, oh shucks! Girl Scouts from Troop 3175, sponsored by Newport Harbor Elks, walked alongside the cart passing out Elks Drug Awareness color books and crayons, and American flags to children along the parade route. This was a huge hit with the kids. The California Elementary School Band, which also receives sponsorship funds from Newport Harbor Elks, marched behind the Elk’s Cart playing their instruments for the fun and enjoyment of the crowd. Our lodge gets a lot of great publicity from this fun little parade! This is an annual event. Angela Anderson, Veterans Chairman and Sharron Dearborn, Leading Knight, pulled the lodge activities together for the parade. If you love a parade, watch for next year’s request for volunteers and join the fun.