Don’t rain on my parade


Lauren Montano

Young parade observers look on, waiting in the rain, for the final Downey Parade participants along Downey Avenue, on Dec. 3, at three in the afternoon. Despite the weather crowds of spectators turned out to watch the numerous marching bands, Latin dancers, drill teams, and other participants stride through the city.

Gabriela Sanchez, Arts and Entertainment Editor

The community showed holiday spirit on Dec. 2, during the 61st annual Downey Christmas Parade, while local students and businesses waved through Downey Avenue.


The rainy morning did not halt the event, so bystanders stood with smiles upon their faces, as well as umbrellas over their heads. The audience greatly differed; there were a number of students, parents, and long time residents of the Downey community in attendance. The entertainment consisted of local businesses, group organizations, and school clubs walking through the road full of puddles. Coca Cola Bears and Ronald McDonald imitators displayed a splash of color through the gloomy day and the Boy and Girl Scouts marched through the streets.


The Downey High School varsity and JV cheer squads participated in the event and strutted with their hands in the air chanting “CIF!” with pride, announcing Downey’s victory as CIF champions. The night before, JV cheerleader, Amanda Concha was excited to perform in the parade and shared her favorite part of the annual occasion.
“It was really exciting and seeing all the people was really fun,” Concha said, “My favorite part was just walking around and seeing all the fans in the crowd.”


Present at the festivities, Carolina Rodriguez, a parade attender, enjoyed the show as she watched the floats and felt a sense of community in the air.


“I come every year because I love seeing everyone come out and see all the floats and kids having a blast,” Rodriguez said, “It’s just overall a lot of fun.”


While some attend the parade to awe of the handcrafted floats and vintage Christmas decorated cars, students came out to support fellow Downey club members from KIWINS. Gissel Enriquez, a Downey High School student, attended the Christmas event for the first time and peeked through the crowds to catch a glimpse of the volunteering students.


“I came here to see KIWIN’S, and I like it because they always show spirit,” Enriquez said, “I’d definitely come back.”


The city of Downey gathered on the special and festive occasion, and although the gray clouds were out, the weather did not flood spirits. The annual event never seizes to bring the feeling of a friendly and family orientated community and excites them with holiday joy.