The Coast News Group

Encinitas chooses parade grand marshal

ENCINITAS — This year’s Encinitas Holiday Parade theme is “Stoked for the Holidays” – celebrating the Encinitas surf culture and its enthusiasm for all things surfing and beach related. After all, the town was named as one of National Geographic’s top 20 surf towns in the world in 2012.Rick Shea, a member of the very first Encinitas City Council, will be this year’s Grand Marshal, leading floats, bands and marchers as the 2012 Encinitas Holiday Parade rolls along Coast Highway 101 on Dec. 3. The 5:30 p.m. nighttime parade is preceded by a 5 p.m. tree-lighting ceremony at the Lumberyard, 967 S. Coast Highway 101.

Free parking shuttles will run from 4 to 8:30 p.m. from Scripps Hospital Encinitas on Santa Fe Drive and from the Magdalena Ecke YMCA parking lot at 200 Saxony Road.

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