It’s become a rite of December, as regular and welcome an occurrence as the trees decked in lights on Alamitos Bay and the pooches decked in holiday sweaters on 2nd Street.

Yes, the Belmont Shore Christmas Parade.

Saturday marked the 36th edition of what has become a holiday tradition for lots of folks and families, judging by the thousands who lined 2nd Street on a very chilly night. But all that seemed forgotten once the parade got underway and the usual assortment of kids, floats, bands, dignitaries, dogs and Santa Claus put everyone in the mood to appreciate not only the time of year but where they get to spend it. As they say, when it comes to the holidays: location, location, location.

Have a look …

 

A Christmas parade-goer rates groups and floats as they pass at the 36th Annual Belmont Shore Christmas Parade. Photo by Thomas R Cordova

Christmas parade-goers line the streets of Belmont Shore to enjoy the 36th Annual Belmont Shore Christmas Parade. Photo by Thomas R Cordova

Christmas parade-goers line the streets of Belmont Shore to enjoy the 36th Annual Belmont Shore Christmas Parade. Photo by Thomas R Cordova

A view of the Port of Long Beach float before the start of the 36th Annual Belmont Shore Christmas Parade. Photo by Kelly Smiley

(L-R) Karen Jimenez, Corey Coogan and Maythe Alderete finish some last minute decorations on the Cal State Long Beach ASI Beach Bride float. Photo by Kelly Smiley

Chris Chapman finishes some last minute decorations on the Pack 102 float. Photo by Kelly Smiley

Bryce Chapman and Chris Chapman finish some last minute decorations on the Pack 102 float. Photo by Kelly Smiley

Bryce Chapman finishes some last minute decorations on the Pack 102 float. Photo by Kelly Smiley

Stephanie Martinez helps Lorenzo Martinez put on his construction outfit for the Traffic Management. Photo by Kelly Smiley

Kristi Elias finishes some last minute decorations on the Westerly float. Photo by Kelly Smiley

Long Beach Troop 2283 smiles for a photo before the parade gets started. Photo by Kelly Smiley

A view of the inside of a Long Beach City Bus before the Belmont Shore Christmas Parade. Photo by Kelly Smiley

Kids play on the Lagoon Playground float before the parade. Photo by Kelly Smiley

Long Beach Pipe Band performing at the Belmont Shore Christmas Parade. Photo by Kelly Smiley

Long Beach Pipe Band performing at the Belmont Shore Christmas Parade in Long Beach, December 1, 2018. Photo by Kelly Smiley

Patrick O’Donnell waves to the crowd. Photo by Kelly Smiley

One of the corgis from the So Cal Corgi Nation. Photo by Kelly Smiley

Grace Wells of Long Beach pets a corgi from the So Cal Corgi Nation. Photo by Kelly Smiley

Price Transfers float at the Belmont Shore Christmas Parade surrounded by snow. Photo by Kelly Smiley

Price Transfers float at the Belmont Shore Christmas Parade, December 1, 2018. Photo by Kelly Smiley

Price Transfers float at the Belmont Shore Christmas Parade, December 1, 2018. Photo by Kelly Smiley

Santa Clause waves at the Belmont Shore Christmas Parade. Photo by Kelly Smiley

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