GRAND MARSHALS

The Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade is a historic and beloved tradition for locals and visitors alike, which is why each night boasts its own grand marshals. From sports all-stars and television celebrities, to local heroes,  these marshals have been bestowed the honors as the represent the best of their fields and community spirit.

Past Grand Marshals have included…

  • MICKEY MOUSE from the DISNEYLAND® RESORT
  • OLYMPIANS from Orange County
  • CHRISTINA ANSTEAD | Star of HGTV’s “Christina on the Coast” and “Flip or Flop
  • ARTE MORENO | Owner of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
  • ALBERT PUJOLS | First baseman for the Anaheim Angels
  • VICKI GUNVALSON | Star of Bravo’s hit TV show, “The Real Housewives of Orange County”
  • Comedic actress LESLIE MANN and MARK MCGRATH, actor, songwriter and lead singer for the band SUGAR RAY
  • Business Persons of the Year and Citizens of the Year for the City of Newport Beach
  • Members of the U.S. WOMEN’S NATIONAL SOCCER TEAM
  • Holiday Hometown Heroes | NEWPORT BEACH POLICE OFFICER OF THE YEAR, FIREFIGHTER OF THE YEAR, LIFEGUARDS OF THE YEAR and CIVILIAN OF THE YEAR
  • CONTESTANTS from SEASON 8 OF “THE VOICE”
  • TOURNAMENT OF ROSES ROYAL COURT MEMBERS
  • CORONA DEL MAR HIGH SCHOOL DRUM LINE
  • HEART GLOBAL

2022 Grand Marshals

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Thursday, December 14

MICHELE GILE

Emmy Award Winner | CBS 2 • KCAL 9

Michele joined KCAL in 1990 as the Orange County reporter and she has loved it there ever since! She now reports from the field for both KCAL 9 and CBS 2. Michele attended UCLA and transferred her junior year to USC to join the Broadcast Journalism School. Upon graduation, Michele landed her first job as a reporter in Palm Springs. From there she was off to Santa Barbara and on to CNN for further reporting assignments. Michele’s busy career has included stories from the Laguna Beach fires, the LA Riots, the abduction of Samantha Runnion and many other important news events.
Michele has received many prestigious honors including two Emmy awards, a Golden Mic and the national Clarion Award for the best television spot news story.

Thursday, December 15

CHILDREN OF OLIVE CREST

Olive Crest is dedicated to preventing child abuse by strengthening, equipping, and restoring children and families in crisis…“One Life at a Time.”®

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Friday, December 16

LOCAL HEROES:
NEWPORT BEACH POLICE DEPARTMENT AND NEWPORT BEACH FIRE AND LIFEGUARD DEPARTMENTS

We salute our Newport Beach local heroes – those first-responders and lifesavers who serve our local communities. Join us in celebrating these selfless professionals dedicated to keeping our city safe.

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Saturday, December 17

HEART GLOBAL

HEART Global is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that leads music and performance workshops worldwide. Their workshops empower personal growth and inspire emotional intelligence through music, dance and performance.

They are committed to providing safe and inspiring spaces for freedom of expression, personal development and innovation through the arts.

Music has the power to foster empathy and understanding globally. By investing in our youth worldwide, we have the privilege to create positive change, enhance cultural values and nurture future generations.

Sunday, December 18

CORONA DEL MAR HIGH SCHOOL DRUM LINE

The CdM Drum Line is one of the premiere performing groups at Corona del Mar High School. It serves as a musical ambassador, performing regularly in pep rallies as well as school and community events. The CdM Drumline Operates under the direction of Director Val Jamora and drum instructor Marc Young.