Redondo Beach will be the scene of pomp and fanfare, as it strikes up the band with a parade for Special Olympics athletes from Benin, Haiti, and Suriname participating in the 2015 Special OIympics World Games in Los Angeles, for which Redondo Beach is one of its Host Towns. The excitement begins at 5:45pm, Thursday, July 23, 2015, kicking off the Games that start Saturday, July 25, 2015. Everyone is invited to come out for the parade and cheer on delegates from companion Host Towns, including Hermosa Beach and Hawthorne.
The colorful cavalcade will include 330 athletes and Special Olympics’ personnel, including coaches, dressed in their Special Olympics uniforms and holding flags of their countries. Redondo Beach city officials will join the athletes at the beginning of the pier just next to the police sub station as they take the parade route past Tony’s out to the end of the Pier, moving alongside Kincaid’s, down the ramp in front of Quality Seafood, left at the end and over to Samba’s, then north to Ruby’s and on to the Seaside Lagoon. The Redondo Beach Police Department will lead with a motorcycle officer escort.
The Host Town program is a very special 3-day program that takes place prior to the Opening Ceremony of the Special Olympics World Games. At their Host Towns, delegations of athletes from around the world will be welcomed and honored. The schedule of events will include getting to know community members, taking part in cultural activities unique to each area, and practicing and resting for the Games. The Special Olympics athletes will feel truly celebrated and Host Town members will make friends for life.
For more information about the LA2015 World Games, visit LA2015.org. Competition events are free and open to the public, and tickets for the Opening Ceremony are available for purchase now at LA2015.org via Ticketmaster.
To support the Special Olympics Host Town Program, please visit their website.