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St. Patrick’s Day Parade: We Took the Gold!

The 2024 County Ventura St. Patrick's Day Parade was a tremendous success. And the Totally Local VC and Local Love Project float won two prestigious awards!

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2024 St Patrick's Day Parade Totally Local VC / Local Love Project float

The streets of Downtown Ventura burst into a kaleidoscope of color and cheer as the annual County Ventura St. Patrick’s Day Parade rolled out in all its glory on Saturday, March 16, 2024. Hosted by the Ventura Elks Lodge #1430, this beloved event has been a staple since 1984, bringing together the community in a vibrant celebration of Irish culture and local pride. Record numbers of attendees came out to take part in this annual fun-filled Irish parade.

The theme this year was shamrocks and shenanigans with 66 entries that featured spectacular floats, marching bands, dancers, horseback riders, decorated cars and, of course, a whole lot of green. Families, friends, and visitors lined Main Street, their faces painted with shamrocks and smiles as wide as the parade route itself.

Totally Local VC and The Local Love Project Take Home the Gold!

We are thrilled to announce that the Totally Local VC and Local Love Project float emerged victorious, clinching not one, but two esteemed awards: the Non-Profit Clubs & Organizations award and the prestigious Mayor’s Trophy!

As always, Totally Local VC’s own Shennigators brought on the shenanigans as Kelly Zirbes and her band, Kelly’s Lot, rocked the crowds as we rolled by. Kelly wrote a special Irish song just for the parade and it was featured throughout the day.

Totally Local VC and the Local Love Project would like to thank our team of Shenanigators for all their hard work. A huge shout out goes to McCarthy’s Towing, Dan Harbold for driving, and heartfelt thanks to the very talented Kelly Zirbes, Perry Don Robertson and Kelly’s Lot for rocking the float and helping us take home the wins!

And the Winners Are…

Arnold Hubbard Memorial Trophy
(for Best in Parade)
The Master Gardeners of Ventura County

Mayor’s Trophy
Totally Local VC and the Local Love Project

Color Guard (tie)
Blue Knights CA XVII
Mike Ward

High School Band
Oxnard High School Marching Swarm

Junior High School Band
Cabrillo Middle School Jazz Band

Adult Band
Gold Coast Pipe Band and Ventura Fire Pipe & Drums

Organ Donation: Donate to Life

Walking Entry
Kelyla’s Performing Arts Center

Environmental (tie)
E.J. Harrison

Most Irish
Claddagh School of Irish Dance

Restaurants & Pubs
Santa Cruz Market & Taqueria Tepatitlan

Antique Cars
Ventura County Model “A” Ford Club

Classic Cars – 1950 or later
Southern California Corvair Club

Special Interest Auto
Ventura County Corvette Club

Topa Topa Fly Wheelers

Individual Vehicle
Kirby Auto Group

Fire Truck
J.W. Enterprises

Surf Rodeo Music & Surf Festival

Lazer Broadcasting

Youth Clubs & Organizations
Way of Orient martial Arts & Ventura Krav Maga

Adult Clubs & Organizations
VELP: Ventura Electric Light Parade

Non-Profit Clubs & Organizations
Totally Local VC and the Local Love Project

Government Agencies
Ventura County Public Works

Judges for the parade were Blake Kreutz representing Citizens Business Bank, Rhonda Catron, Elk’s Lodge #1430; Clint Garman representing Supervisor Matt Lavere; Celina Zacarias representing California State University at Channel Islands and James Lockwood, St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee. 

Photo credits: Albert Munoz and Kat Merrick

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