Saturday, December 10, 2016
Parade Step off time: 10 a.m.
Parade Broadcast Info:
Cox Channels 853 AT&T U-Verse Channel 99
Watch The 2015 Parade Online Right Now:
2016 Laguna Niguel Holiday Parade
Saturday, December 10 at 10:00am
The theme for the 2016 parade is 'Home for the Holidays'.
The parade includes beautiful equestrian units,
patriotic and inspirational military tributes, world-class athletes, spirit-filled youth groups, classic auto clubs, talented
marching bands, and some of the biggest attractions in the nation!
No sitting in the street. Please be respectful of the new landscaped center medians and do
not site/stand on the plants. You may sit along the edge of the concrete, not in the street or in the landscaping.
PLEASE MAKE A NOTE, due to construction at Crown Valley Park,
the parade route will end at Central Park Drive.
Rita Rudner Grand Marshal
Rita Rudner is a part-time local resident. She performs frequently at our own Laguna Playhouse and over the course of
a 15 year run in Las Vegas sold two million tickets and became the longest-running solo comedy show in the history of Nevada. Rita has been named Las Vegas’s
Comedian Of The Year nine years in a row. She has recorded fifteen TV comedy specials, and written five best-selling books. Rita moved to New York at the
age of fifteen to become a dancer on Broadway. She appeared in several Broadway shows, including the original productions of Follies and Mack and Mabel. It
was while in Annie on Broadway that Rita began exploring the comedy clubs of Manhattan. In the early 1980s, she took a full-time leap from chorus lines to
punch lines and was soon a regular guest on both Late Night With David Letterman and The Tonight Show with Johny Carson. Rita has performed for President
Obama as well as for Prince Charles and Princess Diana.
This New Year’s Eve Rita will yet again be performing at our own
Laguna Playhouse, ably supported by the two young, local women – Molly Bergman and Sidney Bowen. Both are most accomplished, local singer-songwriters who
together and separately are destined for great things. The New Year’s Eve show celebrates midnight at 9pm, using East Coast time rather than West Coast. Sounds
Brec Bassinger was born and raised in Saginaw, Texas and began her career in entertainment after winning the Little Miss World pageant in 2009.
Bassinger trained in Dallas for years before coming to Hollywood for the first time at the age of 13, and she quickly booked a guest starring role in the pilot of ABC's The
Goldbergs, and a recurring role on Nickelodeon's Haunted Hathaways which led to her starring role on Bella and the Bulldogs just 6 months later. Brec portrays Bella, the head
cheerleader with an amazing arm that becomes quarteback of the school's football team. Brec also filmed very first TV movie, Liar Liar Vampire , which in October of 2015.
Brec graduated High School at just 16 years old, and was a competitive cheerleader and also played volleyball and basketball. When not working she loves to hike! She is also an animal lover – she has two
dogs, a yorkie and a lab. She has two older brothers and her family has a Koi fish Farm!
She is passionate about her charity – JDRF (previously known as the Junior Diabetes Foundation) and was recently made a junior ambassador. She is looking forward to raising awareness and helping
children that have been diagnosed. She was diagnosed at the age of 8 and wants everyone to know that this doesn’t define you and you can do anything and be anyone you want!
The Noble Cause Foundation, whose motto is to "Protect and Preserve the Legacy of the Greatest Generation". The founder is Cornell Iliescu of Costa Mesa, Ca. Cornell, who is now 78 years young,
has been dancing in parades for over 19 years! Since 2005, the Noble Cause Foundation has been honoring and supporting the Veterans as our National Treasure.
Besides the authentic WWII military vehicles, there are the 3 Harmonettes who portray the Andrews Sisters singing their WWII hit tunes,
including "I'll Be Home for Christmas". There are Stagedoor Canteen type swing dancers, including founder Cornel Iliescu, in Military or period
dress to accompany the music. We hear that on occasion, General Douglas MacArthur has been known to show up in a Parade "I Shall Return"!
Besides the authentic WWII military vehicles, there is a 1939 Buick Staff Car, which was used to rescue the downed B-24 crew members during the bombing raids of the
Ploesti Oil Fields in Romania, in 1942-1944, where we lost 3000 young U. S. Airmen, who are still classified as Missing in Action! The Foundation's ultimate goal is to
build a monument to the 3000 young American Airmen MIA in the WWII bombing raids of the Ploesti, Romania Oil Fields.