Christmas parade takes shape

Christmas parade takes shape
KGEM captured the joy of the holiday season with this photo from the 2014 Monrovia Christmas Parade.

KGEM captured the joy of the holiday season with this photo from the 2014 Monrovia Christmas Parade.

Monrovia’s annual tree lighting and Christmas parade has been set for 6 p.m. on Dec. 1. The tree lighting ceremony will take place at Library Park, and the parade will run along Myrtle Avenue from Chestnut Avenue to Palm Avenue.

The Monrovia Historic Preservation Group will collectively serve as the grand marshal. The parade’s theme will be “Historic Holiday: A Community Celebration.” City Manager Oliver Chi told readers of his weekly newsletter that the theme and grsnd marshal were both chosen to celebrate Monrovia’s history, and those who have dedicated themselves to preserving it.

This past year has seen big victories for Monrovia history buffs. The Monrovia Planning Commission approved an update on Aug. 10 to the Monrovia Municipal Code, which now requires extensive reviews before demolishing any residential structure that is 50 years or older.

Chi said that after the Group’s efforts in bringing such reforms about, it was only natural that they get center stage at this year’s Christmas celebration.

“MOHPG was a big part of starting the historic preservation and neighborhood compatibility conversation in Monrovia, and the group certainly contributed to finding a smart solution,” Chi said. “The work that they have done is truly a cause worthy of celebration!”

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