The Annual Oxnard Christmas Parade, themed “Making Spirits Bright,” is a beloved event for the whole community of Oxnard. Featuring various marching bands, equestrian units, local school and community groups, spirited floats, and even a visit from Santa, the Parade serves as a gathering every year for friends and family across Ventura County to get into the holiday spirit.
The Guerreros had the opportunity to have their very own float for the second consecutive year. Coaches and players rode upon the decorative float, throwing out candy and OGFC gear to spectators as they passed by. The Guerreros Youth Academy players were also in attendance, wearing Santa hats along with their red jerseys. The joy shared between Guerreros players and members of the Oxnard community shows how meaningful this event is to bringing organizations and the city together.
Phil Robles, who is a community member who has been volunteering at the Oxnard Parade for 15 years, assists in ensuring that participants in the Parade are entering the route on time. When speaking with Robles, he mentioned how meaningful this event is to the community, saying “you can really tell how much work goes into the event based on the large number of volunteers who reside within the Oxnard area.” In addition, he pointed out the behind the scenes work that is done before the Parade, including the creation of floats and the order of participants.
Overall, this experience for both the Professional Guerreros players and those of the Youth Academy allowed them the opportunity to be an integral part of the community.
The next Guerreros event is tryouts for the upcoming season, which will take place in early January. Follow the Guerreros’ social media accounts for updates!