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
  • 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 Person of the Year JIM WALKER  |  Citizen of the Year NANCY GARDNER
  • 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

2021 Grand Marshals

Wednesday, December 15
LOCAL ORANGE COUNTY OLYMPIANS

Philip Chew
Badminton

Ryan Chew
Badminton

Jack Williams
Archery

Jesse Smith
Water Polo

Dejah Mulipola
Women’s softball

Janie Takeda Reed
Women’s Softball

Kaleigh Gilchrist
Water Polo

Alex Wolf
Men’s Water Polo

Marriott Emerging Leaders Program 2019. Erin Snider (Newport Beach Marriott). Photo by Alabastro Photography.

Thursday, December 16

HOSPITALITY HERO: NEWPORT BEACH MARRIOTT HOTEL AND SPA

Erin Fritz, Director of Operations

Friday, December 17

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.

  • Police Chief – Jon Lewis
  • Police Officer of the Year- Detective Jonathan Jarema, 2020 Officer of the Year (Awarded Posthumously)

 

  • Fire Chief – Chief Jeff Boyles
  • Firefighter of the Year 2020 – Captain Kevin Tiscareno
  • Firefighter of the Year 2021 – Captain Mike Mullen
  • Lifeguard of the Year 2020 – Hayden Paul
  • Lifeguard of the Year 2021 – Andy White
  • Civilian of the Year 2020 – EMS Chief Kristin Thompson
  • Civilian of the Year 2021 – Debbie Alcaraz

Saturday, December 18

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 19

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.