East County Eagle Scouts to descend on Mother Goose

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The Mother Goose Parade, the largest parade in San Diego County for more than 20 years, will make its 66th run through the streets of El Cajon on — “Always the Sunday before Thanksgiving” — on Nov. 18, starting at 10 a.m.
The parade begins at the intersection of Main Street and Magnolia, heading east on Main before passing N. Second Street and concluding the 2.9-mile route on Madison Avenue.

The Mother Goose Parade, the largest parade in San Diego County for more than 20 years, will make its 66th run through the streets of El Cajon on — “Always the Sunday before Thanksgiving” — on Nov. 18, starting at 10 a.m.
The parade begins at the intersection of Main Street and Magnolia, heading east on Main before passing N. Second Street and concluding the 2.9-mile route on Madison Avenue.

This year’s theme, along with celebrating the city of El Cajon’s centennial, highlights the 100th year of the Eagle Scout rank in the Boy Scouts of America. Dozens of area Eagle Scouts from across the San Diego and Imperial counties council of scouting will march in the parade.

Known as the largest parade of its type west of the Mississippi River, the parade attracts more than 400,000 spectators to the streets of El Cajon.

More than 100 colorful and exciting parade entries come from around the country to share in the excitement of the vestive parade, with entries including spectacular motorized floats, glorious marching bands and drill units, eloquent equestrians, animated clowns, special characters, special guests, performing artists, celebrities, giant helium balloons, specialty vehicles, and of course, Santa Claus.

Prior to the parade, there will be a Red Carpet event introducing all of the dignitaries participating in this year’s edition, while the Mother Goose Village will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Mother Goose Parade’s Maid of Honor and her Royal Court will not only reign over the parade, but these young women also volunteer their time throughout the year for many organizations such as Ronald McDonald House, MS Society, Relay for Life Cancer Walk, and many other community events and organizations.

Volunteerism instills these values of community spirit, activism, compassion, confidence, and individualism into each young woman that we come in contact with, while providing them with resources and opportunities to achieve their career goals, further their education with scholarships for college tuitions, and fulfill their personal potential.

Of course, the entire event can not operate smoothly with other volunteers from the public, as parade officials seek members of the community for assistance. If you would like to assist, contact the MGP offices at (619) 444-8712.

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