May 31, 2012 (La Mesa) -- On Saturday, June 2, downtown La Mesa will dress up in red, white and blue to celebrate 100 years and “A Salute to Old Glory!” at the La Mesa Centennial Flag Day Parade. Spectators are encouraged to dress in patriotic attire and join in the fun in this old fashioned Centennial event! Following is a line up of the activities:
9:00 a.m. – Pre Parade Concerts
Come listen to La Mesa Middle School Band at La Mesa Blvd. and Palm Avenue and East County Youth Symphony at La Mesa Blvd. and Nebo Drive in the downtown La Mesa Village.
10:00 a.m. – Centennial Parade marches through downtown La Mesa Village. Spectators will enjoy marching bands led by the United States Marine Corps Band, floats, military vehicles, active and retired war heroes, equestrian units, service clubs and youth groups. 2012 Grand Marshal is Helix Charter High School CIF Division II State Football Champions. The La Mesa Centennial Flag Day Parade is sponsored by: Drew Ford, Barona Resort & Casino, Flood Masters, La Mesa Welfare Association, Lee & Jo Ann Knutson, Montezuma Land Co. LLC, Pamela J. Wagner, Shannon O’Dunn, Viejas Tribal Government and Walmart.
11:00 a.m. or immediately following Parade – Community Picnic
The La Mesa Chamber of Commerce, Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians, Starbucks and Golden Acorn Casino & Travel Center are sponsoring a picnic on Palm Avenue at La Mesa Blvd., until 1:00 p.m. or until supplies last.
Noon – Community Photo
Help us recreate the 1923 photo of community members on the street at La Mesa Blvd. and Palm Ave. The photo will be available for sale on SmugMug.com Password: 100.
Amazing Geocaching Challenge Begins June 2!
For those who consider themselves worthy sleuths or simply want to join in the fun, the La Mesa Centennial Amazing Geocache Challenge kicks off at the Parade. This modern day scavenger hunt is fun for the entire family. Team up with friends and family for this outdoor event. Geocaches (containers) will be hidden throughout the city at local parks, activities and historical locations. Each hidden treasure will reveal interesting historical facts about the area and a Challenge question. You’ll receive a set of coordinates, to which you’ll navigate using a handheld GPS device or GPS-enabled smart phone.
For more information visit: www.cityoflamesa100.com/geocache. Forms and coordinates will be available beginning on June 2. Join the Amazing Geocache Challenge and celebrate the La Mesa Centennial!
For commemorative items, visit the La Mesa Centennial and La Mesa Historical Society booth at the Parade. For more information log onto www.cityoflamesa100.com or call the Parade hotline at 619-667-1172.