Friday, October 24, 2008

California city buoys sagging spirits with special gift to citizens

For Immediate Release
October 24, 2008

California city buoys sagging spirits with special gift to citizens

San Diego County’s 62nd Annual Mother Goose Parade hopes to inspire to spectators of all ages in wake of devastating fires and economic crisis

(San Diego, CA) (10/24/08) -- San Diego county’s City of El Cajon, is giving a gift to it’s citizens in the most challenging of economic times – it’s giving them a day of free, family entertainment highlighted by one of the largest and oldest parades in the county, the Mother Goose Parade. Started in 1947 by a group of local businessmen as a gift to the community, organizers of the 62nd Annual Mother Goose Parade are hoping to bring inspiration to spectators of all ages, as the 2008’s holiday season kicks off.

Always the Sunday before Thanksgiving, the Parade starts at 10:00am on November 23, 2008 and lasts for approximately two hours, with a pre-show at 9:30am and celebrity arrivals from 8:00am.

2008 participants include celebrities, marching bands, floats, balloons, equestrian groups, Rotarians and more!

Tori Spelling of “90210” fame and currently, “Tori and Dean Inn Love” (Oxygen Network) is the 2008 Honorary Grand Marshal, with Disney’s “High School Musical” star KayCee Stroh as the Grand Marshal and local favorite, San Diego Padres first baseman, Adrian Gonzales headlining as the Sports Grand Marshal.

Other celebrities include:
- Alan Thicke, “Growing Pains”
- Ana Maria Perez De Tagle, Disney's “Camp Rock”
- Antonio Sabato Jr., “General Hospital: Night Shift”
- Aria Wallace, Sony Pictures “Roxy Hunter”
- Ashley Benson “Bring It On: In It To Win”
- Ashley Jones, “The Bold & The Beautiful”
- Barry Williams, Greg Brady, “The Brady Bunch”
- Brenda Song, “The Suite Life of Zack & Cody”
- Brian Clay, Gold Medal Winner
- Brian Krause, “Mad Men”
- Bucky Lasek, ProSkater, “Ultimate X: The Movie”
- Cassie Scerbo “Bring It On: In It To Win”
- Carolyn Hennessy, “General Hospital”
- Chad Everett, “Airplane II”
- Charles Shaunessy, “The Nanny”
- Christopher Atkins, “The Blue Lagoon"
- Christopher Knight & Adrianne Curry, Peter Brady “Brady Bunch”
- Devon Werkheiser, “Ned’s Declassified”
- Efren Ramirez, “Crank 2”, "Napoleon Dynamite"
- Erin Moran, Joanie from “Happy Days”
- George Lazenby, James Bond, “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service”
- Hal Linden, “Barney Miller”
- Jennette McCurdy, Nickelodeon's “iCarly”
- Jaime Gomez, “Nash Bridges”
- James Scott, “Days of Our Lives”
- Jerry Mathers, Beaver, “Leave It To Beaver”
- Jesse Hart, recording artist
- Joe Mantegna, “The Godfather III”
- Joe Penny, “Jane Doe”
- Joseph Mascolo, “The Bold & The Beautiful”
- Josh Henderson, “Step Up”
- Justin Martin, Disney's “High School Musical"
- Kevin Sorbo, “Hercules”
- Kimberlin Brown, “The Bold and the Beautiful”
- KJ Noons, “US Open International Middleweight Champion”
- Larry Manetti, “Magnum P.I.”
- Lou Ferrigno, “The Incredible Hulk”
- Marc McClure, “Superman”
- Matthew Underwood, “Zoey 101”
- Mickey Jones, “Home Improvement”
- Monet, recording artist;
- RJ Fenske “Unfabulous”
- Raymond Ochoa, “A Christmas Carol”
- Ricky Ullman, “Phil of the Future”
- Robert Hays, “Airplane!”
- Ryan Ochoa, “The Perfect Game”
- Sammi Hanratty, “American Girl”
- Sara Paxton, “Superhero Movie”
- Steven Bauer, “Scarface”
- Scott Elrod, “Men In Trees”
- Tony Dow, Wally Cleaver “Leave it to Beaver”
- Tony Oller “Saved By The Bell”

“The Mother Goose Parade has seen us through the best of times and the worst of times,” said City Manager Kathi Henry, “it is a fundamental part of our tradition and always brings that holiday magic with it!” El Cajon Mayor Lewis echoed Ms. Henry’s thoughts, adding, “we are proud to be able to share this event not only with the citizens of El Cajon, but the entire San Diego county and beyond. It is an experience that has touched countless lives, and made extraordinary memories.”

Under the helm of current Parade President, El Cajon Deputy Mayor and Council member, Jillian Hanson-Cox, the event has expanded, and embarked on a five year marketing plan to become a destination event for families of Southern California and beyond. “Our goal,” said Hanson Cox, “is to become the Macy’s Parade of the West Coast, giving children who can not make it across the country an opportunity to experience it here, in their own back yard!”

It is the strength of its positive family message and being the culmination of a year of activities, from on-going education programs to arts programs and environmental enhancement activities, that has attracted star power to endorse it. Celebrities from the worlds of film, television, sports and media are all putting their star power behind making the Mother Goose Parade an unforgettable event for children of all ages!

The Mother Goose Parade truly is an extraordinary gift that is bound to lift spirits and add a little sparkle to this year’s pre-holiday season. Join the festivities and plan your trip today! For more information please log on to

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