The best places to view the parade
-- and avoid the mass crowds celebrating St.
With the theme of ``American Family,'' the parade
will feature 135 entries, including school marching bands and Santa Claus, who will arrive by a Glendale Police Department helicopter.
Today, Raye, 57, is the president of Austin's PFLAG chapter, and on June 5 she served as grand marshal of Austin's pride parade
with Austin businessman and politician Mark Katz.
Patrick's Day Parade
became a major event in the life of the Irish-American community.
Crowds lined the parade
route, at times five or six people deep, with children sitting on the shoulders of parents and relatives and others craning their necks to get a glimpse of miniature ponies, up-and-coming celebrities and even their own relatives.
In 2003 more than 4,000 people attended the parade
, which traveled along one of the city's main arteries that serves as a border between the eastern Muslim section of the city and Jewish West Jerusalem.
Le Croix said she began trying to arrange an appearance after reading a newspaper article about the parade
The Antelope Valley Operation Welcome Home parade
is scheduled to start at 9 a.
Becky Herrera, owner of CheerForce, an all-star competitive cheer program in Simi Valley, is also gearing up for the parade
with her students, who come from Ojai to Pasadena and range in age from 3 to 31.