Arvin celebrates the holidays with the return of the annual Christmas parade

December 12, 2022 / and

On December 5, the city of Arvin Chamber of Commerce held their annual Christmas parade, with many exciting entries.

Due to the pandemic, the annual parade had been canceled for the past few years, with the last normal Christmas parade being held in 2019. In 2020, the Arvin Chamber of Commerce held a Christmas caravan, but this year finally marks the return of the city tradition.

The event started with the second annual Christmas Tree lighting located at city hall. Afterwards, citizens waited in anticipation for the parade, which started promptly at 7:00 p.m..

Arvin High School’s JROTC program started off the parade by presenting colors, followed by Arvin Mayor Olivia Trujillo passing through.

Mayor Trujillo at the Arvin Christmas Parade

Afterwards, many other exciting entries followed, including Aztec dancers, car clubs, youth sports leagues, and school cheerleaders.

For many in the community, it felt great to see the parade after not having one for the past two years. 17 year-old Jane Corona was excited to go to the parade to get in the spirt of the holidays.

“I haven’t come to the parade in about 6 years, but I decided to come today to try and get that same cheer and spirit as I did when I was a kid. I tried to cheer really loudly for the people in the parade. I really liked the cars and lowriders, and the Aztec dancers too. I felt like I was connecting to my culture,” said Corona.

Danza Azteca from Bakersfield, CA sending a prayer for the holiday season
High Estilos Car Club showing off their lowriders

“I didn’t realize how long it had been since the last parade. I am glad things are returning back to normal, but I hope people don’t forget that we still need to be a bit cautious. Overall, I’m glad it happened and people were able to enjoy it,” continued Corona. 

Corona was there with her family, including her 4 year old cousin Mason Martinez who was extremely excited to be attending the parade for the first time.

The New Life Church of God passing through the parade

Alicia Guererro, high school student, went to the parade to cheer on her sister, who was part of the parade. 

Guerrero said, “This is not my first time coming to the parade. I’ve been coming ever since I was a child. I came to cheer on my sister, who is a cheerleader for Arvin High. It was actually my favorite performance.”

Performance from the Arvin High Cheerleading Team

Overall, the parade was a huge success, leaving many citizens amazed. Special Thanks to the Arvin Chamber of Commerce for putting together an exciting event for the community. The full list of participants is available below:

  •  Arvin Fire Department (Station #54)
  • Arvin Mayor Olivia Trujillo with Arvin Police Department 
  • Danza Azteca dance group
  • Arvin Union School District Migrant Program 
  • Arvin Grizzly Cheerleading
  • Arvin Grizzly Youth Wrestling
  • New Life Church of God
  • AirMax: Heating and Air Conditioning
  • High Estilos Car Club
  • Clínica Sierra Vista Mobile Clinic 
  • Lucy’s Income Tax with Cristo Farms
  • ATV Club
  • Mac’s Taxes and Services
  • Latin World Car club
  • Arvin Little League 
  • Arvin Force Baseball
  • Haven Drive Middle School Cheerleading Team and Color Guard (debut)
  • Arvin High School Cheerleading Team
  • Concept Dream Car Club
  • Arvin High School FFA Team
  • Next Gen Game Truck
  • Arvin Chamber of Commerce
  • Bear Mountain Recreation