With the Seal Beach Christmas parade approaching faster than a certain jolly fat man in a ridiculously quick sleigh, organizers are busy putting the finishing touches on the annual tradition.
More than 14,000 people are expected to watch the 34th annual holiday event Friday night at 7 p.m, according to Scott Newton, parade chairman.
The event brings together 111 parade entries, 3,677 participants — about 2,000 of them children — and about 100 volunteers.
“Operationally, everything is dialing in just perfectly,” Newton said. “There’s always some last-minute changes you got to work out, but everything’s in place.”
Click here to see photos from the 2011 Seal Beach Christmas Parade and the 2010 parade.
“It truly is a hometown event," Newton said.
He says his favorite part is seeing the children walking, dancing, waving and performing in the event.
- Scroll to the end of this article to see the updated lineup of this year's parade.
The parade takes place on Main Street in Old Town, travels three blocks, takes about 1 1/2 hours and ends with a visit from Santa Claus.
Newton said that Seal Beach residents who haven’t seen the parade should check it out.
"If you’re a resident of Seal Beach, you’re going to see the heart and soul of the city." Newton said. "You’re going to see every (city) organization represent."
Main Street will be closed off to traffic at 5 p.m., but Newton said most of the shops and restaurants along the thoroughfare will be open and having parties, receptions and open houses.
“It’s great night to wander Main Street,” Newton said.
While the night might be merry, he said parking might be a Grinch so residents should consider showing up early.
Parade announcers are scheduled to be located along Main Street at Ocean, Central, Electric and at 321 Main Street.
There will also be an information booth at the pier for anyone who has questions.
For more information call the local chamber at (562) 799-0179.
The updated Christmas Parade Lineup
Seal Beach Police Dept Motor Escorts
US Naval "Sea Cadets" - Seal Beach Battalion
Los Alamitos High School Marching Band
Grand Marshal - Seth Eaker
Beach Fitness & CrossFit Seal Beach
Seal Beach Animal Care Center
Junior Grand Marshals - Miss Seal Beach Court
Congressman Dana Rohrabacher
Assemblyman Travis Allen
Seal Beach Mayor Michael Levitt and City Council
Seal Beach Chamber of Commerce: President Deb Machen
Seal Beach Chamber of Commerce: The Big Red Bus
Robby Armstrong Band
Girl Scouts: Seal Beach
Orange County Fire Authority Station 44 Seal Beach
Sun 'n Fun Creative Playgroup
Police Chief Joe Stilinovich with Girl Scout Troop #2740
Seal Beach Police Department
Seal Beach Marine Safety Department
The Almost Famous Seal Beach Kazoo Marching Society Band
Cypress College Citizen of the Year - Esther Cummings
Cypress College President - Dr. Bob Simpson
National Distinguished Principal - Mrs. Erin Kominsky
Seal Beach Playgroup
Los Alamitos School District 5th Grade Recorder Marching Band
Volunteer Clowns of Orange County
Military Vehicle Owners of Orange County
American Legion Post 857 and VFW Post 4048 with the South County Young Marines
USS Nevada Battleship
Seal Beach Naval Weapons Station - Captain Tripp Hardy
Main Street Cyclery
Red Mountain Marching Pride - Mesa, Arizona
Seal Beach Car Show
Woman's Club of Seal Beach
Seal Beach Historical Society Man & Woman of the Year - Tom & Barbara Blackman
Ocean View High School: Seahawk Squadron
Hui O Hula
Cub Scout Pack 116 - Seal Beach
Bay Hardware "Delivering Hardware Dreams"
Girl Scouts: Los Alamitos Service Unit
Girl Scouts: Hopkinson Troop 94
Girl Scouts: Cypress
Girl Scouts: Westminster Brownie Troop #1019
Girl Scouts: Emerson Academy
Rhythm Regiment Drum Corps
Youth Center of Los Alamitos
First United Methodist Church of Seal Beach
Cub Scout Pack 642 - Lee Elementary School
Cub Scout Pack 658 - Rossmoor
Cub Scout: Pack 611 - Cypress
Sunrise Senior Living "Oldies but Goodies"
YMCA - Lakewood Adventure Guides
Friday Night Lights Football Cheerleaders
United Water Polo Club
Sound Waves Homeschool Marching Band
Relay for Life - Los Alamitos / Seal Beach
Mr. California & Miss Southern California
Impact Dance Center's - Holiday Troupe
Cub Scout Pack 657 - Los Alamitos / Seal Beach
Gold Wing Road Riders Association
AYSO Soccer 159 - Safe, Fair, Fun Soccer
Westside Drill Team & Drum Squad
Beach Area Recumbent Riders
Grace Community Church
APA Student Council "Spirit of Christmas"
California Youth Spirit Corp.
Long Beach Junior CREW
St. Cyprian Falcon Spirit
Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach
LAUSD Transportation Department
Warner Middle School "Wildcat" Band
Pacific Inn - Seal Beach
Watersafe Swim School
Clancy's Choo Choo Train Irish Christmas
Girl Scouts: St. Hedwig's Daisy Troop #2814
St. Hedwig School Spirit
First Friday on Main
Los Alamitos High School Dance Team
Armenian Lighthouse Charitable Foundation
Southern California Woodie Club
First Team Real Estate
American Tiger Martial Arts Demonstration Team
Corks Away Wine
Seal Beach NEV & Carts
Friends of Seal Beach National Wildlife Refuge
U.S. Army Corp of Engineers
DeMolay International - Long Beach
A Fresh Cut Holiday
Black Diamond Drill Team & Drum Squad
Lalonde Equipment 'North Pole Excavation'
Onstage Dance Center
Valley Christian High School Pep Squad and Drumline
Callis Family Properties
Los Alamitos Pop Warner Football & Cheer
Bethany Christian Academy Girls Drill Team & Boys Crew
Right at Home
Seal Beach Leo Club Equestrians
Seal Beach Leo Club President - Evan Jenkins
Lions District Governor - P.J. Smith & Georgia
Seal Beach Lions Club President - Ellen Liebherr
Seal Beach Lions Club Parade Marshals
Marina High School Viking Marching Band