POMONA - Chivas USA will not participate Dec. 11 in the city's Christmas Parade, organizers announced this week.

Members of the Major League Soccer squad were expected to serve as the parade's grand marshals.

Chivas USA's new management said they were unaware of arrangements made by its former representatives, said Larry Egan, executive director of the Downtown Pomona Owners Association, which is the principal organizer of the event.

"They claim they didn't know anything about (the parade)," Egan said.

Efforts were made to get some type of team representation, but, "apparently, the time and resources were not available to them," Egan said.

Assocation board members decided Wednesday to not seek another grand marshal, but continue with the parade's theme, "Christmas with a Kick," he said.

Youth soccer groups participating in the parade will be spotlighted, Egan said.


IF YOU GO

The Pomona Christmas Parade will be at 10 a.m. Dec. 11. from Second and Gibbs streets in downtown.

Participants will travel west on Second, turn south on Park Avenue and then head east on Eighth Street. The parade will end at the Civic Center plaza.

The parade will have more than 90 entries. About 15 bands, including 12 high school marching bands, are expected to participate.

Holiday at the Plaza activities will run to 4 p.


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