GHHS 1970 City LA Football Champions

The Teammate Veterans of the
1970 City of Los Angeles Granada Hills High School
Football Championship Team

This Band of Championship Football Teammate Brothers are excited and will be back again, now 50-plus years later, on Sunday, December 5th, 2021, to bring more excitement to Granada Hills, “The Valley’s Most Neighborly Town.”

38th Annual 2021 Granada Hills Holiday Parade

Sunday December 5, 2021

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Dear Granada Hills Holiday Parade Participant,

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 38th Annual 2021 Granada Hills Holiday Parade is scheduled for Sunday December 5, 2021 kicking off at 1:30 P.M. Rain or Shine. 


It is very important to note that full FORWARD MOTION of all parade entries be maintained as there is no stopping in front of Cable TV or Judging Stand locations and throughout the entire parade route.

The John V Ciccarelli Parade Awards Ceremony with light refreshments will follow immediately thereafter the Granada Hills Holiday Parade at approximately 3:45 P.M. to 5 P.M. at the Granada Hills Charter School Parking Lot near the Campus Main Gate adjacent to Corner of Zelzah Avenue and Kingsbury Street.

This year’s selected 2021 Granada Hills Holiday Parade Theme “A Charles Dickens Christmas ” is a fun opportunity to revel and invoke images of Victorian England, Figgy Pudding, Scrooge and Tiny Tim, Christmas Day Goose and Trimmings, Victorian Era Clothing, Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future, London Christmas Caroling ( Wasserling) 8th Century Christmas Tree Candle Light Decorations. Horse and Buggy Holiday Décor. Use your imagination! 

The Granada Hills Holiday Parade Committee takes great pride that it has never charged a Parade Entry Fee and derives its full financial support from the Granada Hills Community Foundation, Patriot Oil Community Trust Foundation as Administered by the North Valley Coalition and parent sponsor Granada Hills Chamber of Commerce along with the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, 12th District Councilmember John Lee and our official loyal parade, local Neighborhood Councils Community Business, Civic Organization and Community Service Club sponsors. 

Escalating costs of major insurance coverage fees, postage, advertising, judging fees, trophies and awards, restrooms etc. all require much needed additional financial to insure the continuation of this outstanding youth community event.

A Voluntary Tax-Deductible Donation of $Thirty-Five Dollars (Where Possible) payable to the GRANADA HILLS COMMUNITY FOUNDATION is encouraged and most appreciated to help out valley-wide holiday event to continue to exist and to grow and provide a wonderful opportunity to foster pride in individual and collective youth participation.

Looking forward to seeing you on a very festive and fun filled Sunday Parade Day December 5th 2021!


The Granada Hills Holiday Parade Committee 

P.S. It is important and a rule requirement that all parade entries have a designated representative in attendance at the concluding parade award ceremony following the conclusion of the Granada Hills Holiday Parade at Granada Hills Charter School. This is to help facilitate the presentation of parade trophy awards, notwithstanding failure to do so will result in parade trophy forfeiture 

The 2021 return of the Granada Hills Holiday Parade!

Sunday, December 5th, 2021

 Yes, it is ”Christmas in July, ” as it is important to now mark the calendar and start making preliminary plans for your participation in the return of the 2021 Granada Hills Holiday Parade! 

This year’s Official Parade Theme ”A Charles Dickens Christmas” will invoke images of Figgy Pudding, Tiny Tim, 18th Century London Wasserling, Victorian Clothing, Town Criers, Horse and Buggy Revelers, 18th-century Christmas Tree Decorations, and ”A Christmas Carol” Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future. 

In addition and as a special note, the Official Granada Hills Holiday Parade Grand Marshalls will be the teammate veterans of the 1970 City of Los Angeles Granada Hills High School Football Championship Team! 

Over the next several weeks, efforts will be made to update older Parade Entry records. If you have a question please contact John Ciccarelli at jcicarelli@aol.com (Note one less letter ” C” in the email address spelling). 

To help get into the festive spirit for our upcoming 2021 38th Annual Granada Hills Holiday Parade, please take a few minutes, if you have not done so already, to view and enjoy the 2020 Virtual Granada Hills Holiday Parade ”Favorite Holiday Memories” which helped maintain our four decade plus continuous hometown parade legacy last December in lieu of the 2020 COVID-19 Pandemic. This video is a fun look back over many decades of enjoying many Granada Hills Holiday Parade Memories.

Looking forward to seeing many good friends and ringing in the holiday season this coming December, Sunday, December 5th 2021! 


Alisa Altman, Tom Williams and John Ciccarelli 

Letter from John Ciccarelli

Dear Granada Hills Holiday Parade Past Participants, Spectators, Parade Volunteers Planning Committee, Parade Fans, Admirers, Sponsors, and to the Young at Heart everywhere of the past 37 years!

On behalf of the proud event sponsor Granada Hills Chamber of Commerce and the dedicated Granada Hills Holiday Parade Committee Family, we wish to express our deepest appreciation to all of you who have played a vital part in the four-decade community legacy of the Granada Hills Holiday Parade as a parade entry, participant, spectator, parade sponsor, proud parent or grandparent, parade committee volunteer and more, including Santa and Mrs. Claus!

In lieu of the current year-long COVID realities of 2020 we could not let even this challenging period go by without an acknowledgment and continuance of observance with an “Official 2020 Virtual Edition” of the Granada Hills Holiday Parade to enjoy all together.

Please mark your upcoming calendar for the weekend of December 5-6, 2020, by which we will forward a Constant Contact Social Media of our  “Virtual Edition” of the 2020 Granada Hills Holiday Parade and this year’s appropriate Official Theme “Happy Parade Memories.”

This Keepsake 2020 Granada Hills Holiday Parade tribute video  will also then be posted on the official Granada Hills Holiday Parade Website www.granadahillsholidayparade.org 

Do Remember and Note…Our 38th Annual Granada Hills Holiday Parade happily returns in December 2021 and we look forward to dusting off the Pom poms, check the Equestrian saddle and harness, shine the Musical Instruments, etc. to provide thousands of happy smiles and instill new Granada Hills Holiday Parade family memories!

Be safe in the coming months and our Best Wishes for a Happy Thanksgiving and Joyous Holiday Season!


John V. Ciccarelli
Honorary Mayor
Granada Hills

2020 Granada Hills Holiday Parade SPECIAL UPDATE

On behalf of the Granada Hills Chamber of Commerce and Granada Hills Community Foundation and our entire dedicated Granada Hills Holiday Parade Planning Committee Family, we wish to take this opportunity to regretfully announce the cancellation of this year’s 37th Annual Granada Hills Holiday Parade originally scheduled for Sunday, December 6th, 2020.

In the full interests of Covid-19 public health safety for parade participants and spectators alike, the decision to forgo this year’s event was made to protect the overall well being of everyone in lieu of varied uncertainties and pandemic circumstances.

Do rest assured that plans are being made for the 2021 Granada Hills Holiday Parade Event. We are excited to announce that, in honor of their proud 50th year (and then plus!) Victory Anniversary, the 1970 Granada Hills High School L.A. City Championship Football Team members are the Official 2021 Parade Grand Marshals and will kick off next year’s 38th Annual 2021 Granada Hills Holiday Parade and our Community Holiday Season. 

In this current interim and in the coming weeks, an attempt to create a ”2020 Virtual” Granada Hills Holiday Parade Retrospective Look at past Granada Hills Holiday Parades for your upcoming Holiday Social Media viewing enjoyment this coming December. For you die-hard Granada Hills Holiday Parade Patch Collectors there may, in fact, be a 37th Annual Commemorative ”Zoom Parade Patch” to add to your jacket or memento parade patch collection!

We wish you and your families all the very best in these challenging times and to be safe and well!

John V. Ciccarelli, Alisa Altman, and Tom Williams 
Granada Hills Holiday Parade Steering Committee 

Granada Hills Holiday Parade Planning Committee
Cheryl Badgett, Leslie Strong, Emilie Koster, Josh Smith, Aaron Kahlenberg, Bonnie Bursk, Bette Biers, Mike Benedetto, Kerry Nelson, Lori Swana, Ralph Kroy, Mike Panman, Rick Donnelly, Larry Fleck, Jane Stanton, Melissa Messer, Liane Reynolds, Dick East, Devonshire Division  LAPD Officer Joe Torres, Millie Jones, 12th District Council Office John S. Lee, Gary Farajian,  Madlena Minasian, Paul Lecayo, Richard Fisk, Laine Caspi, Allison Robinson, Susan Ciccarelli, Jonathan Ciccarelli, Rob Dickey, and Maria Schwartz.

2019 Granada Hills Holiday Parade Awards

Congratulations to the following Parade Entries
who won awards this year !

Founder John V. Ciccarelli Sweepstakes Awards 

Grand Sweepstakes St Mary Assyrian Church

Best Use of Theme -Cub Scout Pack #564

Best Use of Music – Notre Dame High School 

Cub Scouts 

1st Place -Cub Scout Pack 564

2nd Place -Cub Scout Pack 415

3rd Place – Cub Scout Pack 118

Boy Scouts 

1st Place -Troop 92

Girl Scouts 

1st Place-Troop 3356

2nd Place- Troop 2026

3rd Place -Troop-2266

Mixed Girl Scouts 

1st Place -Mission Valley

2nd Place -Troop 642

3rd Place -Twin Oaks Service


1st Place -North Valley YMCA


1st Place -Sampul Dance

2nd Place -Gotta Dance

3rd Place -Heritage Dance

Commercial Floats 

1st Place -On The Road Insurance 

2nd Place – The Center Church

3rd Place – Premier Credit Union”

Civic Floats 

1st Place -Guide Dogs of America

2nd Place – Proud Amenians

3rd Place – Reseda Moose Lodge

Youth Floats 

1st Place -St Euphraisa School

2nd Place -Shalom Pathfinders

3rd Place – Jobs Daughters Bethel 289

Novelty Adult

1st Place -Delta Sigma Theta -San Fernando Valley

2nd Place -Cowboy Howard Scott

3rd Place-Nova Storage Mission Hills 

Novelty Youth

1st Place – Patrick Henry Middle School Ukulele Club

3rd Place -Le Club Gymnastics

Novelty Mixed 

1st Place – St Mary Assaryian Church

2nd Place – St Danube Elementary School 

3rd PLace – Rinaldi Mommy and Me

High School Bands 

1st Place -Reseda Charter Regent 

2nd Place – Chatsworth High School

3rd Place – Kennedy High School

Middle High School Band 

1st Place – Sutter Middle School

Youth Band 

1st place – Valley School Spirit 

Drum Major Mace 

1st Place – Notre Dame High School

2nd Place -Chatsworth High School

Drum Major Military

1st Place -Bishop Alemany High School

Tall Flags High School

1st PlVan ace -Notre Dame High School

2nd Place -Birmingham High School

3rd Place – Kennedy High School

Tall Flags Junior

1st Place -Patrick Henry Middle School

2nd Place – Van Nuys Middle School

Drill Teams- High School

1st Place – Chatsworth High School

2nd Place -Panorama High School

Drill Teams -Middle School

1st Place – Patrick Henry Middle School

2nd Place-Van Nuys Middle School

3rd Place -Olive Vista Middle School

Drill Teams- Elementary School

1st Place – St John Baptist De La Salle Cheer

2nd Place – Valley Presbyterian School Cheer

Drill Teams Junior Youth 

1st Place Sun Valley Magnet

Color Guard 

1st Place -Reseda High School ROTC

Drum Squad

1st Place – Patrick Henry Middle School Drumline

ROTC Marching Color Guard 

1st Place – Kennedy High School Navy ROTC

Equestrian Mounted Color Guard

1st place -San Fernando Rangers

Charro Mounted Group

1st Place -Charros Unidos De Reseda Ranch

 2nd Place Union de Charros

Equestrian Novelty

1st Place -Haley & Jet & Friends

2nd Place -Cherries Jubilee and Nancy Degan

The Valley's Largest Holiday Parade