CHATSWORTH – Thousands of spectators cheered on dozens of decorated floats Sunday at an annual holiday parade, where for the first time in two decades, the Candy Cat strip club took the top prize for best commercial float. Formerly known as the Chatsworth holiday parade, organizers renamed it the San Fernando Valley Holiday Parade & Family Festival this year to make the event more attractive to the entire San Fernando Valley. There was nothing revealing about Candy Cat’s float – and the two exotic dancers scheduled to ride along arrived too late to get on board. The float was a pickup truck made to look like a train, pulling a trailer full of fake rocks as rock music blared from speakers. The parade’s theme was “Rocking in the Valley.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals “They keep it really clean. They’re well dressed, they’re not scantily clad,” said Mark Fishlowitz, president of the Kiwanis Club of Chatsworth. “They are a part of Chatsworth culture, like it or not.” The Chatsworth-based Candy Cat was among a number of prize winners, including Cleveland High School for best marching band and a horseback team from Los Toros Mexican Restaurant for best equestrian group. The overall winner for best float was the Stoney Point Girl Scouts group. Following the parade’s theme, the Girl Scouts dressed like rock stars, from Tina Turner to Avril Lavigne. “I liked this one a lot. I got to dress up in an Elvis costume,” said Cassidy Ramirez, 10, of Santa Clarita, who threw candy canes from a trailer and punctuated her impersonation with Elvis’ trademark, “Thank you, thank you very much.” Other participants included churches, a Chabad synagogue, a moms’ club, a Bolivian folk dancing group and a karate club. The parade traveled east on Devonshire Street from Canoga Avenue to Winnetka Avenue and south on Winnetka to Lassen Street. Nathaniel Morris, 61, of Chatsworth was sitting in a lawn chair on Winnetka watching the floats go by. “I haven’t seen my grandson. When I see him it will be terrific,” said Morris, whose grandson was in the Mulholland Middle School Drum Corps. Craig Smead, a manager at the Candy Cat, said the strip club has entered the Chatsworth parade since it started about 20 years ago. “We always said they’re never going to give first place to the Candy Cat,” Smead said. “I got second place last year so I said I’m going for first place this year.” The Candy Cat’s trophy for best commercial float was placed behind the bar at the club. Alex Dobuzinskis, (818) 546-3304 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
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