By Kierstin Hill
Oceanside has celebrated with parades for over 125 years, including Independence Day, a Christmas parade and even Freedom Parades in honor of our military. The parade routes have changed during the decades. Early processions marched along North Cleveland Street and later started at the train depot and traveled east up Second Street (now Mission Avenue). Other routes included Third Street (Pier View Way) and for several years the parades would travel all the way downtown to the Pier Bandshell.
This year the parade will start from Wisconsin St and Coast Highway (right next to the 101 Cafe) at 10 am. The route will take the parade north on Coast Highway, towards the Oceanside Civic Center.
Can't make it down to the parade to see it in person? KOCT will be airing it live on channel 18!
This photo was taken around the turn of the century. Talk about tradition of parades here in Oceanside!
Photo courtesy of the Oceanside Historical Society. More about the history of Oceanside here.