Superintendent Cindy Marten was the Grand Marshall of the 2013 North Park Toyland Parade on Dec. 7.
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
"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.