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East County News Service 

July 27, 2021 (Lakeside) – The community of Lakeside is excited to welcome back its Annual Western Days Parade in historic downtown Lakeside on Saturday, August 28 at 9:35 a.m.  The theme this year is, “Thank You, Healthcare Workers.” Lakeside resident Dr. Benjamin “Ben” Aaron, the surgeon who removed the bullet from President Reagan, will be honored as the 2021 Grand Marshal.

The Lakeside Chamber of Commerce is excited to return to a spirit of community by supporting the Rodeo, local businesses and uniting the community. “We’re so happy to see our community get back together,” stated Lakeside Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Kathy Kassel. “I look forward to this treat every year, especially this year.”

Legendary floats, local pageant queens and court, and equestrians from all over San Diego County will be continuing the tradition of celebrating the spirit of western days and the Lakeside Rodeo. Local students will also be representing their esteemed arts and world class language programs in the parade. 

“The Lakeside Union School District looks forward to participating in the Western Days Parade after a two-year absence,” said Dr. Rhonda Taylor, superintendent of Lakeside schools. “We look forward to a great week of community events!”


The parade follows the schedule of the longstanding Annual Lakeside Rodeo, made possible by the El Capitan Stadium Association. Dr. Taylor remarked, “LUSD appreciates all the efforts and generosity of the El Capitan Stadium Association, supporting the youth of Lakeside.”


The Lakeside Rodeo takes place August 27-29. Tickets may be purchased at The Western Days Parade is free and open to the public. Attendees are encouraged to bring chairs, pop-up shade or umbrellas, and cold beverages. Lakeside businesses along the parade route will be open to serve acai bowls, shakes, and much more. 

It’s not too late to participate in the parade! Visit for more information.

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