Friday, December 13, 2013

Kids, Superintendent, celebs mix at annual North Park Toyland Parade

Superintendent Cindy Marten was the Grand Marshall of the 2013 North Park Toyland Parade on Dec. 7.
Supt. Marten, Interim Mayor Todd Gloria and a Central Elementary student
During her report to the Board of Education on Dec. 10, Supt. Marten talked about many of the children who lined the parade route, including some of her former students from Central Elementary. The parade, an annual tradition in North Park, runs down University Avenue and 30th Street in the historic North Park neighborhood. It is very close to Central Elementary, where Marten was Principal before becoming Superintendent in July.

"I was honored to have been asked to be the (grand) marshal," Marten told the Board of Education, "the first time I've been asked to be a grand marshal."

Marten was joined by San Diego Interim Mayor Todd Gloria and other dignitaries during the event.

Today’s Toyland Parade is all about families, having fun, and enjoying North Park, according to the parade's organizers, Victoria House Corporation. It began in the 1930s when North Park was one of San Diego's busiest shopping districts, with department stores and specialty shops lining the streets. It was revived in the 1980s as a catalyst for the rebirth of the area, which is today one of San Diego's trendiest neighborhoods.