Garden Grove

Mickey Mouse, Wallin will lead SF parade

MICKEY MOUSE will be the celebrity grand marshal of the 2018 Strawberry Festival parade on May 26 in Garden Grove (Flicker/Loosey).

A pair of heroes of long service and fame will be leading Garden Grove’s biggest annual event this month.

The 60th annual Strawberry Festival parade will be held on Saturday, May 26, 2018.  This year’s theme is “Celebrating 60 Years of Fun and Funding Charities,” and in support of the theme, JackWallin, who has been on the board from the beginning, has been named Theme Grand Marshal.

In addition, the festival board has named the world-famous Mickey Mouse as the Garden Grove Strawberry Festival’s Celebrity Grand Marshal.  Disneyland Resort, the festival’s neighbor, also recently celebrated its 60th Anniversary Diamond Celebration in 2015. The four-day festival will be held Memorial Day Weekend Friday, May 25 through Monday, May 28.

Fifteen other celebrities will also be honored in the parade:  Aparna Brielle (A.P. Bio); Mackenzie Hancsicsak (This is Us), Parker Bates (This Is Us); Humberto Luna (Hispanic Radio Personality); Emily Skinner (Andi Mack); Kristin Carey (Scandal); Kimrie Lewis (Scandal);  Nancy Linehan Charles(Minority Report, Young Sheldon); Nicole Bilderback (Good Girls); Sally Pressman (Army Wives; Good Girls); Molly Jackson (Andi Mack); Maya Jade Frank(Bizaaardvark);  Sanai Victoria (The Paynes); Paul-Mikel Williams (The 15:17 to Paris;  Westworld); and Jonathon Blum (U.S. Men’s Olympic Ice Hockey Team).

JACK WALLIN will be the theme grand marshal for the 2018 Strawberry Festival parade (GGSF).

Jack Wallin, the 2018 Garden Grove Strawberry Festival parade Theme Grand Marshal, has served continuously on the festival board for 60 years.  Every year since being on the board, Wallin, 89 years young, spends two solid weeks setting up the festival as board member in charge of grounds and rides.  He coordinates layout and ride setup with the carnival company, and he works the grounds all four days of the huge Memorial Day weekend event. Wallin says he’s honored to have been part of an organization for the past 60 years that has done so much good for the community.  “Last year alone we raised over $300,000 for local charities,” he says.

Mickey Mouse: Alongside Disney Ambassador Mikey Trujillo, everyone’s favorite pal Mickey Mouse will be the Celebrity Grand Marshall of this year’s 60th Anniversary of the Garden Grove Strawberry Festival.



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