They painted the town green for the 30th year in a row

The parade Grand Marshal was the Thomas Fire First Responders. Photos by Michael Gordon and Bill Green

On March 17, starting at the San Buenaventura Mission on Main St. the St. Pat’s Parade was held under a beautiful Ventura sky. Over 80 “floats” participated in this year’s parade featuring many first responders.

The winners of the 2018 County Ventura St. Patrick’s Day Parade have been announced.

Judges for the parade were Dave Creswell, Ventura Unified School District, Connie Stahl, Elks Lodge #1430; Nicole Ipach, California State University Channel Islands; Sue Georgino, Georgino Development and James Lockwood, Ventura County Fairgrounds.

The Parade’s theme was “Ventura Strong.” Of this year’s 82 parade entries, the winners are:

High School Band: Buena High School Band -Pride of the Gold Coast, Junior Band: Ocean View Junior High Seahawk Marching Band, Adult Band: Pacific Coast Highlanders Bagpipe Band, Adult Clubs: Women of Jewelia, Youth Clubs: Little Tree Preschool, Color Guard: Oxnard Air Force Jr. ROTC,

Commercial: Totally Local VC & The Local Love Project, Governmental Agencies: Troop Call Coast Guard with Lyn Fairly,Environmental “Green” Theme: Servpro Ventura -Water & Fire Clean Ups, Equestrian: Ojai Steppers, Families: The McGrath Family, Media: Cold Coast Broadcasting, Most Irish: Seaside Highland Games,Non-Profit Organizations: West Coast Derby Knockouts, Novelty: Ignite Martial Arts,

Restaurants and Pubs: O’Leary’s Tavern, Antique Cars- Prior to 1950: Ventura County Model A Ford Club,Classic Cars-1950 and later: Ventura Classic Car Club, Commercial Vehicles: Pizza Man Dan’s, Fire Truck Vehicles: J.W. Enterprises,Walking Entries: Billy Clower Dance Studio, Individual: Cookie the Clown, Special Interest Auto: Topa Topa Flywheelers, The Perpetual Arnold Hubbard Award (Best in Parade): Very Ventura Gift Shop, The Mayor’s Award (presented by City of Ventura Mayor Neil Andrews): Totally Local VC & The Local Love Project.

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