Birthday, Carmel, Halloween

Happy 97th Birthday Carmel

On October 31, 1916, a majority of the residents of a small community overlooking Carmel Bay on the Coast of Central California, voted to combine their destines by becoming the City of Carmel-by-the-Sea…

…The desire for incorporation
was far from unanimous…

…but the proposal carried…

…and since that time this scant square mile of wooded coast line, has been known for its beauty, informality, arts and crafts, cultural interests, and individuality.”  (Herbert B. Blanks Former Mayor Carmel-by-the-Sea 1964 – 1966)
Former Mayor Blanks made this proclamation 50 years after incorporation, and nearly 50 years later, Carmel continues to be known for its beauty, informality, arts and crafts, cultural interests and individuality – something that is especially evident at the annual Halloween Parade Birthday Celebration.
The community comes out
to line the avenues. 
They bring their children 
and of course their pets.
Officer Meroney starts us off, 
followed by our 1951 Chevy Carmel Police Car,
Cal Fire
with special guest appearance by Smokey the Bear. 
Classic cars with current Mayor Burnett 
and family were followed by 

Former Mayor Jean Grace (1988 – 1992) and, 
Former Mayor Ken White (1992 – 2000).

Once the dignitaries pass the crowd joins in the parade
 down Ocean Avenue
 ending at the Sunset Center for live music 
by Carmel’s legendary Rotary Blues Band 
hot dogs and birthday cake. 
Happy 97th Birthday
Birthday, Carmel, Halloween

Happy 96th Birthday Carmel

The City of Carmel-by-the-Sea was
founded in 1902 and incorporated
on October 31, 1916. 

Every year the town celebrates its birthday
with a family friendly Halloween themed
parade down Ocean Avenue. 

This parade starts at 11am drawing
large crowds of participants,
 and onlookers,
 including Carmel’s beloved canine friends,

and dignitaries in classic cars,
Firefighters walk the parade route
distributing candy to the onlookers,
 flanked by their pristine shiny
red fire engines and
Smokey Bear who reminded us
 “Only YOU can prevent Forest Fires.”
Others who joined the parade were Junior Firefighters,

reluctant bumble bees,

                                      (what they will do for a treat)

spindly spiders,
Pooh, Tigger and Piglet,
(We found) Nemo,
 The Incredibles,

Ironman and ride,
reluctant bumble bee (again) and his friend pumpkin,
Little Red Riding Hood,
Dorothy and her little dog too,
another bumble bee,
butterflies are free,
a representative from the San Francisco Giants,
and finally Officer John
Happy 96th Carmel-by-the-Sea