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2023 40th Annual Granada Hills Holiday Parade

There is a slight nip in the air as it can only mean that it is time to dust off the flatbed, polish the harness, fluff the pom-poms, copy the sheet music, and start practicing the drills!

On behalf of the dedicated members of the entire Granada Hills Parade Committee, we wish to thank you for your interest and loyal support of the Granada Hills Holiday Parade.

The 40th Annual 2023 Granada Hills Holiday Parade is scheduled for Sunday December 3, 2023, kicking off at 1:30 p.m. RAIN or SHINE!

The John V. Ciccarelli Parade Awards Ceremony with light refreshments will follow immediately after the Granada Hills Holiday Parade at approximately 3:45 p.m. to 5 p.m at the Granada Hills High Charter parking lot near the main campus gate adjacent to the corner of Zelzah Ave. and Kingsbury Street.

NEW REQUIREMENT: Each parade entry is required to have one representative at the post-parade awards ceremony in order to be eligible to return the following year.

This year’s selected 2023 Official Granada Hills Holiday Parade Theme “HOLIDAYS IN CINEMA” is a fun opportunity to rekindle wonderful family viewing memories of many favorite Movies and Television Shows from the past 75 plus years, i.e., “It’s a Wonderful Life”, “The Grinch”, “White Christmas”, “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer”, etc.

It is very important to note FULL FORWARD MOTION of all parade entries MUST be maintained as there is NO STOPPING IN FRONT of Parade Stand Judging location or any cable TV and announcers stands.

The Granada Hills Holiday Parade Committee takes great pride that it has never charged an parade entry fee and derives its financial support from its major sponsors: Granada Hills Community Foundation, Granada Hills Chamber of Commerce, Law Offices of Savin Bursk, 12th District Councilmember John Lee, Patriot Oil Trust Fund, Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, and local North Valley Neighborhood Councils, Civic Organization, and Business Sponsors.

However, due to escalating costs, we would like to ask for a voluntary tax-deductible donation of $35 payable to the Granada Hills Community Foundation. It would be much appreciated! There is a link to the Foundation’s PayPal account in the sidebar to the left of this post.

Looking forward to seeing you on a very festive and fun-filled Sunday Parade Day on December 3, 2023.


Granada Hills Holiday Parade Committee

2022 39th Annual Granada Hills  Holiday Parade Awards

John V. Ciccarelli Parade Founder Sweepstakes Awards

Grand Sweepstakes – The Rage Performing Arts Complex                                                                                        

Best Use Of Theme Sweepstakes –Girl Scouts Troop 48

Best Use Of Music Sweepstakes – Notre Dame High School 


High School Bands 

Ist Place – Sylmar High School 
2nd Place – Granada Hills Charter High
3rd Place – Panorama High School 

 Middle High School Bands 

1st Place -Porter Middle School

High School Drill Team 

1st Place – Panorama High School
2nd Place – Grant High School 
3rd Place – Chatsworth Charter High

Middle School Drill Team 

1st Place – Patrick Henry Middle School

Tall Flags -High School 

1st Place – Notre Dame High School 
2nd Place – Chatsworth Charter High School
3rd Place – Granada Hills Charter High School

Tall Flags -Middle School

1st Place – Patrick Henry Middle School

Drum Major – High School 

Mace Category
Ist Place -Notre Dame High School 
2nd Place -Sylmar High School

Baton Category 
1st Place – Chatsworth Charter High School
2nd Place – James Monroe High School   

Military Category

1st Place- Panorama High School
2nd Place – San Fernando High School


1st Place – Granada Hills Charter 

Drum Squad

1st Place – Patrick Henry
2nd Place – Crown City

ROTC Color Guard

1st Place – North Valley Institute
2nd Place – Kennedy High School Navy JROTC

ROTC Marching Unit

1st Place – Kennedy High School Navy JROTC
2nd Place – North Valley Military Institute



Cub Scouts and Webelos 

Daisys and Brownies
1st Place – Mission Rose Service Group

Juniors & Cadets
1st Place – Girl Scout Troop 70322

Mixed Girl Scouts
1st Place -Heart of The Valley
2nd Place Girl Scout Troop 196
3rd Place – Zawadi Troop 3246


Commercial Float
1st Place – Premier America Credit Union

Civic Floats
1st Place -Odd Fellows
2nd Place – Reseda Moose
3rd Place – BILY Parent Support

Youth Floats
Ist Place – Granada Hills Little League


Adult Novelty
1st Place – Topa Topa Fly Wheelers
2nd Place – Cowboy Howard Scott

Youth Novelty
1st Place – St Bridget of Sweden
2nd Place – Califonia District 40 Little League
3rd Place – Dynamo Soccer Club

Mixed Novelty
Ist Place – Danube Elementary School
2nd Place – Sun Valley Magnet Cheer
3rd Place – Proud Armenians

Dance Teams

1st Place – Sampul Dance Academy
2nd Place – St Euphraisa School
3rd Place – Releve’ Students

Walking Groups

1st Place – Rising Eagle Youth Rugby Club
2nd Place – Kappa League Santa Clarita Chapter 
of Kappa Alpha PSI 
3rd Place – National Panhellenic Council


Charro Group Mounted

1st Place – Charros Unidos de Reseda
2nd Place – Union de Charros


Pre War Category

1st Place – Hunter Block

Post War Category

1st Place – Robert Bennett

Car Clubs

1st Place – Mustang Owners Car Club
2nd Place – FORD Model A Club of San Fernando Valley
3rd Place – Road Kings Burbank


Please remember that the Granada Hills Holiday Parade is a RAIN OR SHINE EVENT. There have been many years in which it rained the night before or the morning of only to have sunshine at the Parade Kick Off.

Please dress accordingly where possible – PARADE SAFETY is the most important consideration.

Do remember the following parade rules and tips and please take this opportunity to read and convey this information amongst all participants in your parade unit entry.

1. Forward Motion is to be maintained throughout the parade procession. No stopping in front of judges stands and TV camera filming.

2. Appoint a safety monitor within your parade unit to oversee all safety considerations. Walking Groups with vehicles should have the designated safety monitor walking on the rear left side of unit within rear view driver visibility to maintain supervision of the entire parade unit.

3. All drivers to drive with extra caution.

4. Della Carrol check in booth opens at 11am and closes at 12:30pm

5. Follow all specific parade formation and disbanding rules in your parade packets, they can also be found on the Granada Hills Holiday Parade Website:
Most important is that all walking group parade participants; Scout Troops, Dance Teams etc. access the parade formation area by utilizing San Jose Ave. and Rubio to be dropped off and then walk across the park to the assembly area. Do not attempt driving on Chatsworth Street or Petit those areas already have assigned parade units.

6. It is very important that a representative of your unit be present at the parade awards ceremony immediately following the conclusion of the parade which will take place at Granada Charter High School located at the parking lot at Kingsbury and Zelzah Ave.

7. Portable fire extinguishers need to be on each float.

The Parade starts promptly at 1:30pm

Your cooperation is very much appreciated as we look forward to a fun and spirited Sunday Parade Day filled with many happy family holiday memories.

The Granada Hills Holiday Parade Committee

Thank you to our 2022 Parade Sponsors!

Platinum Level Sponsors

DIY Home Improvement Center
Granada Hills

Patriot Oil Community Benefit Trust Fund
as Administered by the North Valley Coalition

Gold Level Sponsors

Law Offices of Savin Bursk

Kenn Cleaners

Hamer Toyota -Mission Hills

Pizza Cookery

Silver Level Sponsors

Granada Hills North Neighborhood Council

Granada Hills South Neighborhood Council

Premier America Credit Union

Republic Services

Bronze Level Sponsors

ABC Kids Dental

All Valley Rentals

Arpi Mechanical Air Conditioning & Heating

L.A. Councilmember John S. Lee -12th District

De La Salle Catholic School

CSUN University

Green Earth Dispensary

Nova Storage Mission Hills

Presto Pasta


Right Vision Optometry

Tamilla Jensen -A Professional Corporation

Rotary Club of Granada Hills

Providence Holy Cross Hospital

Save the Date for the next Parade!

Sunday, December 4th, 2022

On Behalf of the Granada Hills Holiday Parade Planning Committee… please mark your calendars for the 39th Granada Hills Holiday Parade scheduled for Sunday December 4th 2022. 

This year’s 2022 Holiday Parade Theme is ”Home for the Holidays“, invoking many happy memories of returning home to families and loved ones, some of which include traveling far distances by different travel methods to be together in sharing favorite  family holiday traditions including preparing holiday meals, decorating homes, opening gifts, in religious observance  and enjoying all aspects of being “Home for The Holidays” and all reunited in the Spirit and Magic of the Holiday Season. 

PLEASE TAKE SPECIAL NOTE ….all parade entries can apply online!

Apply for 2022 Holiday Parade

A hard copy of the 2022 Granada Hills Holiday Parade Application will still be made available in 2022 (and mailed to all past Granada Hills Parade Holiday Parade Entries since 2017 in the last week in September 2022) as we eventually transition to doing ALL Parade  ENTRY Applications ONLINE utilizing the Granada Hills Holiday Parade Web Information Portal linked above. 

We sincerely look forward to your spirited and happy participation in the upcoming 39th Annual Granada Hillls Holiday Parade Sunday December 4th 2022 .

Please feel free to contact Granada Hills Chamber of Commerce Adminstrator Liane Reynolds at email address with any further questions or inquiries .


The Granada Hills Holiday Parade Steering Committee 
Alisa Altman 
Tom Williams
John Ciccarelli