Happy St. Patrick’s Day from CAPS Media!

If you can’t make it to the parade you can watch on CAPS.

CAPS Media Crew Members will be “wearing the green” to capture the 32nd Annual St Patrick’s Day Parade in downtown Ventura on Saturday, March 14. The festivities start at 10am in front of the San Buenaventura Mission and continue up East Main ending at the corner of North Ann Street.

The parade is a wonderful hometown tradition with more than seventy groups and performers adding to the fun. Thousands of kids and families line the parade route to cheer friends and neighbors on floats, in marching bands, dancing, juggling, driving classic cars, and much more. For those who cannot attend in person, CAPS Media broadcasts the Parade live on Channel 6.

A Ventura County Wide Event, the theme of this year’s St Patrick’s Day Parade is Music Makes the World Go’ Round. The grand marshal is the legendary Nan Drake.

This year’s Irish Belle – who is actually called Belle by her family and friends – is Annabella “Belle” Nemo Page, a senior at El Camino High School in Ventura. Joining the Irish Belle Court are Tammy “Shayla” Williams (Buena High), Margaret “Molly” Hammer (Ventura High), Tressa O’Connor (Foothill High), Sarah Gianelli (St. Bonaventura High), and Samantha “Sam” Frenes (Pacific High). Calling the non-stop action in the broadcast booth on Main Street are perennial hosts Tim O’Neil and Jerry Breiner.

Live media coverage of the St Patrick’s Day Parade is an all-hands-on-deck production for the entire CAPS Media staff and more. Starting at 6am the CAPS Crew are joined by students in the CAPS/El Camino High School media program (ECTV) and CAPS Media Member/Producers. Everyone volunteers their time and talent to capture the endlessly entertaining event (it’s always fun to be part of a CAPS Crew).

In addition to being broadcast live on Saturday morning on CAPS Channel 6, the complete parade repeats on channel 6 Monday, March 16 at 8pm; Tuesday March 17 (St. Patrick’s Day) at 10am; Wednesday, March 18 at 1pm and Thursday, March 19 at 3pm. Go to capsmedia.org/schedules to find the complete schedule.

On a far more serious and important note, CAPS Media is actively collaborating with City and County Health officials to produce informational and update videos regarding the COVID-19 (coronavirus) disease. The updates are posted on the county website

(https://www.ventura.org/covid19/) and social media and are updated on an ongoing basis. As outlined by experts in the county, common sense steps for everyone to take to help prevent the spread of the respirator illnesses include:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue.
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects daily.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

Additional information and updates can be found at https://www.ventura.org/covid19/at-home/

Are you interested in learning how to produce a radio show or television program? Consider joining the growing CAPS Media community of member/producers. If you have an interest in community television or radio production, or are just curious, sign up for an orientation tour of the CAPS Media Center on the first Thursday of the. Go to capsmedia.org for information or call 805-658-0500.

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