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2015 Awards

Congratulations to all the Trophy Recipients of the 2015 Granada Hills Holiday Parade!

The 2015 Granada Hills Holiday Parade Awards were presented at the John V Ciccarelli Parade Awards Ceremony hosted at the Granada Hills Charter High School Highlander Hall immediately following the 32nd Annual Granada Hills Holiday Parade held on Sunday, December 6th 2015.

Trophy Awards were presented in the following Sweepstakes, Band and Drill Team, Community, Equestrian and Antique/ Classic Car Categories.

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Favorite Holiday Toys

The annual Granada Hills Holiday Parade is just around the corner. This years’ theme is FAVORITE HOLIDAY TOYS. Come join us on Chatsworth Street this Sunday, December 6 from 1:30pm to 4:00pm to see if your favorite holiday toy is represented!

The parade starts at Balboa Blvd and ends at Zelzah Ave.

2015 Celebrity Grand Marshal Noelle North

Noelle North official picKnown in the business as a Professional Teenager, Noelle North’s voice is known to millions in the iconic SMURF series, and other cartoon favorites such as the Gummi Bears and the Legend of Prince Valiant.  She was Peppermint Patty in the Hallmark production of “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,” and has been featured in many TV episodes and films.

She’s a founding member of the sketch comedy group, LaughWorks and a professional dancer and teacher.

Noelle is also a longtime advocate of Youth For Human Rights, a group that promotes a world built on freedom, justice and peace.

2014 Parade Trophy Recipients

2014 Granada Hills

Holiday Parade Trophy Awards


John V. Ciccarelli Granada Hills Holiday Parade Grand Sweepstakes Trophies:

Grand Sweepstakes – Cub Scout Pack 564

Best Use of Theme Sweepstakes – Guide Dogs of America 

Grand Music Sweepstakes – Notre Dame High School



Bands and Drill Teams


1st Place Color Guard – Arleta High School

1st Place Drill Guard – Chatsworth High School


1st Place Drum Squad – Bishop Alemany High School

2nd Place Drum Squad – Cleveland High School


1st Place Drum Squad Middle School – James Madison Middle School


1st Place High School Band – Chatsworth High School

2nd Place High School Band – Cleveland High School

3rd Place High School Band – Arleta High School


1st Place High School Drill Team – Cleveland High School

2nd Place High School Drill Team – Chatsworth High School

3rd Place High School Drill Team – Heritage School


1st Place Elementary School Drill Team – De La Salle Elementary School

2nd Place Elementary School Drill Team – Haddon Elementary

3rd Place Elementary School Drill Team – Woodcraft Rangers



1st Place Junior Youth Drill Team – The Rage Entertainment Complex

2nd Place Junior Youth Drill Team – Fox Studio Dance & Gymnastics


1st Place Middle School Band – Middle School Band


1st Place Middle School Drill Team – Hale Middle School

2nd Place Middle School Drill Team – St. Euphrasia School


1st Place ROTC Armed – John F. Kennedy High School


1st Place ROTC Marching Unit – John F. Kennedy High School

2nd Place ROTC Marching Unit – Reseda High School


1st Place ROTC Unarmed – John F. Kennedy High School


1st Place Senior Non-Band Majorette Team – The Fab Girls of the San Fernando Valley

2nd Place Senior Non-Band Majorette Team – Michael McComb Fire Academy


1st Place Senior Tall Flags – Notre Dame High School

2nd Place Senior Tall Flags – Bishop Alemany High School



Community Awards


1st Place Adult Novelty – American Protection Group

2nd Place Adult Novelty – Raggio Zumba Fitness Studio


1st Place Boy Scouts – Venture Crew #104

2nd Place Boy Scouts – Troop 550


1st Place Brownies – Troop 6917


1st Place Civic Organization Float – Guide Dogs of America

2nd Place Civic Organization Float – Come Ye to Bethlehem

3rd Place Civic Organization Float – Girl Scouts Brownies Troop 6916


1st Place Commercial Float – Premier America Credit Union


1st Place Cub Scots – Pack 564

2nd Place Cub Scouts – Pack 911

3rd Place Cub Scouts – Pack 118


1st Place Girl Scouts – Troop 721

2nd Place Girl Scouts – Troop 226

3rd Place Girl Scouts – Troop 4126


1st Place Mixed Boy Scouts – Troops 721 & 464


1st Place Mixed Girl Scouts – Mission Valley Girl Scouts

2nd Place Mixed Girl Scouts – Troop 550-6

3rd Place Mixed Girl Scouts – Troop 2026


1st Place Mixed Novelty – Valley Academy of Arts and Sciences High School

2nd Place Mixed Novelty – Gotta Dance Studio

3rd Place Mixed Novelty – Concordia Schools


1st Place YMCA – North Valley YMCA


1st Place Youth Float – Heritage Schools

2nd Place Youth Float – Woodlake Ave. Elementary Cheer Squad

3rd Place Youth Float – SFV International Order of Rainbow for Girls


1st Place Youth Novelty – El Oro Way Elementary School

2nd Place Youth Novelty – Woodlake Ave. Elementary Cheer Squad

3rd Place Youth Novelty – Heritage Schools




Equestrian Units Trophies


1st Place Charro Group – Rancho La Tunera and Rancho Jalisco

2nd Place Charro Group – Asociacion de Charros de Sylmar

3rd Place Charro Group – Union de Charros de Sylmar


1st Place Mounted Color Bearers – San Fernando Rangers


1st Place Peruvian Paso – Martine Muraco


1st Place Equestrian Novelty Costume – Maggie the Donkey



Classic Cars


1ST Place Car Clubs – San Fernando Model A Ford Club

2nd Place Car Clubs – Mustang Owners Club of California

3rd Place Car Clubs – Air Speed VW Club


1st Place Pre War Auto – Patriot Oil 1923 Model T Ford

2nd Place – Gary Minkin – 1927 Model T Ford Roadster


1st Place Post War Cars – Robert Bennett 1955 T-Bird

2nd Place Post War Cars – Francisco 2010 Bentley

3rd Place Post War Cars – American Protection Group


2014 Holidays Around the World

2014 seems like it just started, but it’s about that time of year again where everyone gathers together for the Granada Hills Holiday Parade. This year will be our 31st Annual Parade, and our theme is “Holidays Around The World.” We will be celebrating this year with parade entries showcasing all different cultural ways of celebrating the good ol’ holidays.

parade patch 2014


Our Grand Marshal this year is  Ken Kercheval, one of the stars of the hit TV show Dallas and many other notable works. Kercheval is most recognized for his role in “Dallas” as Cliff Barnes, the rival of oil mogul J.R. Ewing in the 1980’s version of the show, and is also reprising his role in it’s 2012 revival

Ken Kercheval

(Kercheval as his character Cliff Barnes)



This years Granada Hills Holiday Parade also has further significance as it will be falling on December 7th, the 73’d anniversary of Pearl Harbor Day, a day our great nation will never forget. We will have members of the VFW participating in the parade, so we will not only be celebrating the Holidays, we will also be acknowledging the soldiers of our country, many of whom come from Granada Hills itself.

Friends of the Granada Hills Holiday Parade

We are excited to announce in honor of our 30th annual Granada Hills Holiday Parade, on December 8th, the new Holiday Parade Booster Club. Watch for details of upcoming activities designed to keep you informed of year round planning of this outstanding community holiday event. For details e-mail the Parade Founder, John Ciccarelli,

Holiday Traditions

We all celebrate the holidays in our own unit way. We cherish our traditions and pass them along from generation to generation. What could be another cherished tradition than our holiday parade? Our parade is not only the largest holiday parade in the San Fernando Valley, but is undoubtedly the most American parade as well.

Our Grand Marshal this year is none other than the voice of SpongeBob SquarePants loved by all kids and all-around great guy Tom Kenny.

We are also excited to have the some neat additions joining our parade this year.

Come one, come all, pick a spot on your favorite spot on Chatsworth St. in Granada Hills and enjoy your holiday tradition…The Granada Hills Holiday Parade!

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30th Annual Holiday Parade is on its Way

These lingering hot and cold November Days will eventually fade away into cool crisp December Days and cold lemonade will be replaced by hot chocolate. Right away the last month of the year will feature our community’s annual iconic event: Our Annual Granada Hills Holiday Parade. This year we will be celebrating our 30th year!

On Sunday, Dec. 8th, 2013, starting at 1:30 p.m., an anticipated 4,000 participants and over 100 entries, featuring car clubs, bands, horses, girl scouts and boy scouts and of course, Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus will make its 29th yearly trip up Chatsworth St.

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This year’s Holiday Parade Theme will be “Favorite Holiday Traditions”.

We at the Granada Hills Chamber of Commerce are looking forward to seeing everyone turn out for this Annual Event that the Granada Hills Chamber puts on for the Community. Please remember that the Granada Hills Holiday Parade derives its sole support from the Granada Hills Chamber, City of LA Department of Cultural Affairs and loyal community sponsors and patrons. If you would like to give a donation, or participate in the event, please call the Executive Director at the Chamber office at 818-368-3235.