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An annual festive tradition returns to Ventura County after a pause for COVID

Mike Arney
Santa Paula's Holiday Parade takes place on Saturday, November 26

The Santa Paula Holiday Parade on Saturday has a strong message about inclusion and accessibility.

The 72nd Santa Paula Holiday Parade may look just previous years, but this year, features a Santa Claus who is deaf.

"It's a gentleman, whose daughter is deaf and he took her to go and see Santa and she couldn't communicate with him because Santa didn't know sign language. So he's taken it upon himself to learn how to do Santa," explained John Marquez at the Chamber of Commerce, who is one of the organizers.

He says inclusion is a core value of the city and a deaf Santa Claus is the perfect person to carry this message.

"We didn't see a lot of awareness of the deaf community in Ventura County so we thought this was the perfect opportunity to bring attention to it," he told KCLU.

"It tells the story using Santa as the example, so we thought this is something we need to do for our community," said Marquez.

The Santa Paula Holiday parade is scheduled to take place on November 26th in downtown Santa Paula (869 E Main Street).

The parade will start at approximately 6:30 p.m. and is free to all.

Shopping, food and other family friendly activities will be available in downtown Santa Paula to help kick off the holiday season.

Caroline joined KCLU in October 2020. She won LA Press Club's Audio Journalist of the Year Award this year, and also won two further first place awards, for Lifestyle Feature and Personality Profile/Interview. Last year, Caroline won first place for Use Of Sound. She also won two Golden Mike Awards this year, for Best News Reporting and Best Entertainment Reporting, as well as a National Arts & Entertainment Award from LA Press Club for One-on-One interview. Caroline started her broadcasting career in the UK, in both radio and television for BBC News, 95.8 Capital FM and Sky News and she was awarded the Prince Philip Medal for her services to radio and journalism in 2007. She moved to Los Angeles in 2013 and is both an American and British citizen. Caroline lives in Agoura Hills with her daughter - her proudest production.