Friday, February 8, 2013

Beach Bash Parade Kicks Off at 9 a.m.

The annual Barrio Beach Bash Parade, Saturday Feb. 9, will be extended in this, it’s 21st year.                       

            American Veterans of Foreign Wars Beach Bash chairman, Jerry Rowe,

explained that “now that we are moving the 3 day (Fri, Sat, Sun) event to Driftwood

Beach we want more of our neighbors to be able to view the spectacle, and participate in

the ‘Bash’.”

            The annual event aims to strengthen the ties between the local ex-pat and

resident communities.  It is the major fund raising event the VFW uses to generate funds

to support its charities (i.e.  scholarships for many  of the Barrio’s less fortunate

youngsters, medical and dental outreach programs,  aid to widows and families

of departed US servicemen and women, etc).

            The parade will form up along Abra Street (behind Savers’) and begin at the

corner of Abra and Rizal.  The 9 a.m. event will proceed south along Rizal to Jolo,

turning west to Del Pilar (formerly Marmont Street).  It will pass the reviewing stand (in

front of Sit n Bull restaurant to the National Highway, where it will swing east to

Driftwood Beach.

            Local dignitaries, including Olongapo Mayor James “Bong” Gordon and Little

Miss Beach Bash, members of various local schools, bands, floats, marching units and

others will be marching/riding in the parade, explained VFW Commander Dennis Doty.

            Other events during the Beach Bash will include talent contests, band

competitions, the highly anticipated Miss Beach Bash pageant, vendors and informational


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