Celebrating Grand Marshal Rick Shoemaker with hometown parade

In light of the cancellation of the Patriots Day Parade on Saturday (March 2) due to weather, an impromptu parade was held on Sunday, March 3, to honor Parade Grand Marshal Rick Shoemaker. Before the parade, Shoemaker and Honored Patriot Bob Seitz were recognized in a ceremony at Laguna Presbyterian Church.

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Photos by Jayme Maxwell

This LBPD Motor Officer served as the parade escort

With the assistance of the Laguna Beach Police Department, the parade began on Third Street and proceeded along a route through Downtown ending at City Hall. Along with a LBPD escort made up of a motor officer and three police squad cars, approximately a dozen cars joined the procession.

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(L-R) Rick Shoemaker and Bob Seitz receiving their parade awards during a ceremony at Laguna Presbyterian Church

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Rick Shoemaker and his wife Wendy in the parade

This alternative parade was proposed by Robert Rose and assisted by long-time Laguna Beach resident Jerry Immel.

Shoemaker was celebrated for his extensive contributions to the community, including providing support to the city’s unhoused and volunteering for Habitat for Humanity.

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Rick and Wendy Shoemaker in Rick’s award-winning 1959 bright red Austin Healey

Accompanying Shoemaker was his wife Wendy, who together rode in Shoemaker’s frequent award-winning 1959 bright red Austin Healey.

During the parade up Forest Avenue, two men came out of The Vault Laguna clothing store to see what the police escort was about. One said to the other – “no biggie, it’s just a funeral!”

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Ceil Sharman holding a celebration banner, as the Shoemakers drive by in front of Laguna Presbyterian Church

According to Immel, “People actually came out along Forest Avenue to wave – on very short notice.”


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