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MainStreet Oceanside Announces 28th Annual Oceanside Independence Parade

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On Saturday, June 29th, the lively annual procession will celebrate Oceanside’s unique heritage and honor Hometown Heroes.

Oceanside, CA (MAY, 2024) — On Saturday, June 29, 2024, the streets of Downtown Oceanside will once again come alive with the vibrant spirit of the community at the 28th Annual Oceanside Independence Parade. Emphasizing the theme “Celebrating Our Heritage,” the parade will pay homage to Oceanside’s cultural richness and industrious roots, with over 100 community groups represented in the procession. The parade will start at 10 a.m. at the intersection of North Coast Highway and Wisconsin Avenue and will travel north on Coast Highway to Civic Center Drive.

Led by the US Marine Corps and US Navy Band, the parade will feature diverse entries from every corner of Oceanside’s rich cultural spectrum, including military, firefighters, elected officials, local car clubs, LGBTQ+ community groups, the energetic Oceanside Roller Skaters, and more, ensuring a true representation of Oceanside’s vibrant community. The event is set to draw thousands of spectators along historic Highway 101, celebrating a tradition deeply rooted in the city’s history since 1892.

This year, the parade will spotlight three Hometown Heroes, a revered annual tradition celebrating outstanding residents who have tirelessly contributed to community enhancement through volunteerism. These local leaders embody the spirit of service and community pride, and their recognition is a highlight of the festivities.

“The Oceanside Independence Parade is a cornerstone event in our city,” said Gumaro Escarcega, CEO of MainStreet Oceanside. “Each year, we gather to honor a diverse array of contributors—from our military and local groups to our Hometown Heroes—who enrich Oceanside. You can feel the pride and community spirit in the air.”

In addition to celebrating its Heroes, the parade will feature a special ceremony to award the floats that most creatively embody the theme “Celebrating Our Heritage.” This theme aims to deepen the appreciation for the diverse cultural impacts that shape the community.

Oceanside Independence Parade participant applications are now open! Participants can sign up to walk their party or drive their float down Coast Highway. Businesses, community organizations, nonprofits, car/motorcycle clubs, elected officials, and more are invited to apply to be a part of this year’s parade.

The event is supported by the City of Oceanside, the County of San Diego Community Enhancement Grant, and Genentech, among other sponsors.

To participate or volunteer in the parade, complete the parade or volunteer application at www.oceansideparade.com

Event Details:

Date: June 29, 2024 Time: 10 a.m.

Location: Downtown Oceanside, North Coast Highway from Wisconsin Avenue to Civic Center Drive

Website: www.oceansideparade.com

About MainStreet Oceanside – Established as a nonprofit corporation in 2000, MainStreet Oceanside is dedicated to fostering a vibrant and sustainable Downtown Oceanside. Initially organized in the early 1990s as the Downtown Business Association, it evolved into a certified California Main Street community. The organization supports economic development through historic preservation, unique attractions, and community events. MainStreet Oceanside generates its funds from operations like the Farmers Market and Sunset Market, supplemented by memberships, sponsorships, and grants. Guided by the Four Point Approach—Organization, Promotion, Design, and Economic Restructuring—MainStreet Oceanside promotes a pedestrian-friendly community with a mix of daytime and evening activities for both residents and visitors. For more information, visit https://www.mainstreetoceanside.com/

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