Assistance League chapters across the nation love to show their spirit to their community.
One of the key ways is by participating in parades and other community events. Everyone loves a parade and there is nothing greater than a parade to whip up the spirit and love we feel for the children and adults we serve. With spring and summer being the prime season for parades, here is what a few of our chapters do.
Assistance League of Greater Wilmington participates in the Annual Azalea Festival Parade. This is a weekend event with garden tours, historic home tours, garden receptions, southern belles, beautiful azaleas, arts and music events and, of course, the two-hour parade with lots of floats and onlookers. They love it when the children along the mile route scream “Mom look…there are the puppets that performed at our school!” or “Those are the kind ladies who gave us our new uniforms and books!” They are getting recognized for their Philanthropic Programs and their Thrift Shop. They have come a long way in only 10 years since being chartered.
Assistance League of Orange has a 78-year history of service to the City of Orange and recently participated in the City of Orange May Parade. The May Parade was revitalized after a 28-year hiatus. Members of Chapter, Orange Blossoms Auxiliary and Assisteens® Auxiliary worked together to represent the organization, walking and riding in vintage automobiles; the Assisteens wore vintage clothing, circa 1920s to 1960s from their auxiliary trove.
During the ten days of Fiesta in San Antonio, the San Antonio chapter participates in community events such as the Pilgrimage to the Alamo which is organized by the Daughters of the Republic of Texas. They march in silence to the Alamo and provide a floral commemoration in the Battle of Flowers Parade organized by the Battle of Flowers organization. Participating in the Antique Car category this year, they won 1st place for their tribute to Monarch Butterflies.
According to Assistance League of Huntington Beach, the 4th of July Parade is their favorite of all PR events. The Huntington Beach 4th of July parade is the largest parade west of the Mississippi and is seen by over 500,000 people lined up on Pacific Coast Highway and Main Street. They have participated in the parade since 2013, have been featured on ABC and on the local Huntington Beach station – Channel 3. The feedback from the crowd is amazing as the community shows their thanks for what Assistance League does. There is no greater feeling than being recognized and cheered on by people in the crowd. A fun fact: They originally participated in the parade in the 60’s.
Watch for your local chapter in a parade near you this summer.