Announcing the 2016 Echo Park Community Parade

Join us in Echo Park on Saturday, December 10 at 11:00 am in Echo Park for the annual Echo Park Community Parade!

Celebrating the holiday season, the parade is a historic event that has been put on by a committee of local volunteers for nearly five decades.

Each year the parade features a theme that explores the neighborhood of Echo Park and helps inspire ideas for the artwork contest as well as parade floats. This year’s theme is “Celebrating the Artists of Echo Park.”

Art Contest

Each year the Committee hosts an art contest where children of a variety of ages can submit parade themed artwork. A panel of judges will review all submissions, selecting four winners who will be awarded a cash prize and their art prominently displayed. Children in kindergarten through high school are eligible to participate, and entries can be submitted at various locations around Echo Park, including the Echo Park Farmers Market on Fridays on Logan Street south of Sunset.

Click here for more info.

Join the Parade

The Committee is currently accepting parade entry applications from any organizations, schools, elected officials, businesses and other entities. The event is free for all participants. Applications are due November 1, 2016.

Click here to apply.

Advertising + Sponsorship

Local businesses can support the parade by advertising in the colorful, printed calendar that is distributed throughout the community. Advertisement sizes range from business cards up to full pages. The deadline for advertising is November 1, 2016. Contributions as advertisers are tax deductible.

Click here for more info and ad specs.

Press/Media info

Click here for the press release.

2015 Grand Marshal and Parade Ambassadors

The Parade Committee has nominated and voted on the 2015 Grand Marshal and Parade Ambassadors that will be featured in the parade along with special guests.

Grand Marshal:

Samuel Zamarripa

Parade Ambassadors:

Peter A. Shire, Bennett Kayser, Echo Park Chamber of Commerce and Armando Barragan

Parade Kickoff


Join us on Friday, December 4 at the Echo Park Farmers’ Market on Logan Street for the Echo Park Community Parade Kickoff!

We’ll be recognizing the winners of our 2015 Art Contest as well as enjoy a performance or two.

More info TBA!

The 2015 Echo Park Community Parade theme is…

Echoing the Holiday Spirit!

Join us on Saturday, December 12, 2015 and show us how Echo Park celebrates the holiday season!

Click here to submit your parade entry application.

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Announcing this year’s date

The 2015 Echo Park Community Parade will take place on Saturday, December 12th from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm.

2015 Theme?

Last year’s theme was “Let the holiday lights shine, it’s Echo Park Community Parade time!” This year we need a new theme that represents the beautiful neighborhood of Echo Park. Click here to submit your ideas!

2015 Grand Marshal & Ambassadors

We are now accepting nominations for this year’s parade Grand Marshal and Ambassadors. Nominations should include persons who have contributed positively to the community of Echo Park. Click here to submit your nomination.

Support the parade: Back our Kickstarter!

The Echo Park Community Parade has been a part of Echo Park for 50 years. Every December, rain or shine, students, businesses, officials, families, organizations, four-legged friends and Santa have marched down Sunset Boulevard to celebrate the spirit of our community.

To make this happen, we need your support! The Parade is a nonprofit but still has to cover the cost of permits, outreach, printing costs, car rentals and more. Which is why we have started the very first Echo Park Community Parade Kickstarter!

Pledges start at just $2 and go all the way up to $1,000. Backers receive thank you prizes from buttons to bumper stickers, tshirts and more. The grand prize? You get to ride with the big man – Santa – on the day of the parade!

Watch the video below and click here to support us!

Announcing our Grand Marshal & Parade Ambassadors!

Grand Marshal


Jesus Sanchez, longtime resident, community activist and award-winning journalist

Parade Ambassadors


Mrs. Evelia Perez, longtime community leader and former proprietor of El Batey Market


Mr. Ernesto Martinez, decorated WWII veteran and 60-year resident of Angelino Heights


The L.A. Derby Dolls, local women’s sports organization, recognized for their community service


The Los Angeles Host Lions Club, local institution, with decades-long history of commitment to the Echo Park community

2014 Art Contest

Our flyers and parade brochure/calendar features artwork from students from this community through an annual Art Contest. All children are welcome to participate in the art contest – please click here for more details!

For additional parade information, please contact:

  • Ms. Maryanne Hayashi of Central City Action Committee (213.241.0908)
  • Mr. Robert Aguayo of El Centro Del Pueblo (213.483.6335, ext. 101)
  • or Cindy Ortiz (323.664.2412)

The 2013 parade program featured artwork by eight-year-old Kenia Portillo