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Balboa Island parade to honor American military in anthems and marches

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People with a penchant for patriotism will enjoy a healthy helping of American music in Newport Beach at the 21st Annual Balboa Island Parade set for Sunday, June 1. Themed “Star Spangled Islands”, this year the event will honor active military and veterans set to the tune of the music of our nation.

St. John Vianney Chapel music director John Stansbury will open the event with his singing of The Star-Spangled Banner and a selection of other patriotic songs, joined by local favorite keyboard player Rick Sherman. The Fabulous Nomads will follow shortly thereafter, playing their exhilarating ‘60s-style beach music from a flatbed truck. Classic rock band The Retros will do their part to keep the crowd entertained and moving to the groove.

The Newport Beach Hawaiian Lions Club will perform a special tribute to Pearl Harbor survivors in music and dance. And The Balboa Bachelors trombone ensemble will favor parade-goers with their unique brass brand of entertainment.

Marching bands aplenty are slated to move down the Marine Avenue parade route. The combined Newport Harbor High School and Ensign Middle School Marching Bands will play “You’re a Grand Old Flag”, and the College Park Elementary School Pride Band will honor the military with the “Armed Forces March.” The Corona del Mar High School Band and Drumline, Davis Magnet School Band, Paularino Panther Band, Kaiser Knights, and a number of other school groups are also scheduled to participate.

The Balboa Island bridge closes to traffic at 10:30 Sunday morning. The parade begins at 10:45 and runs roughly 2 hours. The music will keep playing at the after party immediately following the parade. For more details visit


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