Band, Color Guard march in 72nd Annual South Gate Christmas Parade
By Gabriel Anguiano
The city of South Gate held its 72nd annual Christmas Parade, in which local schools, businesses and residents all participate in the parade. This year the Jaguar band and colorguard teams mark their 4th in a row, after missing 2013.
The Jaguar band is led by a senior in the Visual and Performing Arts small school, Miranda Blanco. She said, “I am very excited and honored. This will be my final parade and being able to lead the band is amazing,” she feels the drum major is an important responsibility. “It’s a huge honor and even a bigger responsibility. Once you become drum major it’s hard not to feel like a part of something special,” Blanco said. A senior in the Visual and Performing Arts small school, Evelyn Antonio said, “ I felt safe with Miranda, she’s very confident and hardworking.”
A total of 21 band students will participate in this years parade, as well as 13 members of the color guard will be part of the parade. Making it a total of 35 Jaguars that participated in the Christmas parade.
Not all participants who will participate in the celebrations have as much experience as Blanco. Evelyn Antonio, a senior in the Visual and Performing Arts small school, joined the school band team this year. Making this year her first and final parade.
Even though the South Gate Christmas parade is an important event, students do not get a lot of practice to solely focus on the parade.
In fact, according to Blanco, the band doesn’t fully focus on the parade until after season. “ We are currently in season, and we do not fully focus on the parade till a week or two before,” Blanco said.
All students participating during the parade are very excited. “ I use to watch the parade every year as a kid with my parents. I always wanted to perform, and now I’m actually part of it,” said Isaias Ceballos, a senior in the Visual and Performing Arts small school.
Afterwards, when band and color guard members were asked how they felt, they all said they felt tired and relieved. They felt a pride in representing, not only themselves, but the school as well.