Christine Devine – Theme Grand Marshal

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Christine Devine – Theme Grand Marshal

Christine Devine is a veteran television news anchor/reporter/producer. She anchors the weeknight newscasts on KTTV FOX 11 at 10pm and KCOP Channel 13 at 7 and 11pm. She has 16 Emmys, including the prestigious Governors Award. In 2012, she was named by Los Angeles Magazine among the “50 Women Changing LA.” Christine is well known as the Wednesday’s Child reporter, as an ASU Sun Devil, and Good News gal (co-chair of The Good News Foundation).  Her parents were both in the Peace Corps and then became award-winning educators. She credits them for her concern for community, kids and...

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James Hong – Celebrity Co-Grand Marshal

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James Hong – Celebrity Co-Grand Marshal

From Minneapolis, Minnesota, James Hong’s early career was in civil engineering and one of his first jobs was working for the county of Los Angeles.  After first appearing on Groucho Marx’s ”You Bet Your Life” in 1954, he was instantly bitten by the Hollywood bug and decided to change his career.  Since then, he has never looked back and after nearly 60 years in the entertainment industry, he continues to keep busy today. Recently James played Mr. Kwon in the GMC movie “Trinity Goodheart” with Eric Benet and Erica Gluck.  In 2011 he received his first Annie Award for “Kung Fu...

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Miss California Leah Cecil – Celebrity Co-Grand Marshal

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Miss California Leah Cecil – Celebrity Co-Grand Marshal

Leah Cecil is the Garden Grove Festival’s home town pride and joy. The former Miss Garden Grove 2011 went on to win Miss California 2012! At the competition she was a triple preliminary winner in Talent, Swimsuit, and Evening Wear categories. Her platform issue was Compassion for the Convalescing. She is a talented classical harpist, currently teaching at Diamond Bar High School. Miss Cecil earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music from California State University, Fullerton. Her goal is to obtain a Master’s Degree in Business and become a professional harpist and teacher. She is also a...

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Mckenna Grace

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Mckenna Grace

Six-year-old Mckenna Grace is originally from Dallas, Texas. Grace began her acting career at the young age of five. After hours of watching, singing and dancing along to Shirley Temple videos, she discovered her love for entertaining others. To satisfy her curiosity, her parents enrolled her in acting classes where she quickly realized her genuine passion for acting. Soon after starting her classes, Grace landed the lead role in the short film Lucky Penny and has appeared in numerous print advertisements, as well as in commercials for ESPN, YMCA, Cook Children’s Hospital and Chuck E...

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Emily Evan Rae

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Emily Evan Rae

Emily Evan Rae’s most notable TV role was her recurring character “Young Kate” (Evangeline Lilly) on ABC’s hit show Lost.  Her most challenging role was on ABC’s Private Practice where she earned greater recognition and won The Young Artist Award.  She played a multifaceted young girl who stabbed her father. Other credits include NBC”s The Office, Life (starring Damien Lewis), and Justine in FX’s It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. Her most recent role is a recurring character on NBC’s hit show Parenthood where she was on set...

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Savannah Paige Rae

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Savannah Paige Rae

Savannah Paige Rae is best known for her role as Sydney Graham for the past four seasons on NBC’s Parenthood working alongside amazingly talented actors Craig T. Nelson, Peter Krause and Lauren Graham. Her most recent role is young Debra Morgan on the Emmy-award winning show Dexter. Savannah was born in Florida, beginning her career at the young age of three. Rae credits her older sister Emily Rae, an accomplished child actress herself, for instilling the acting bug in her. After relocating to California, she booked many roles in television commercials for brands like Rice Krispies,...

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Missy Mendoza – Miss Garden Grove 2013

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Missy Mendoza – Miss Garden Grove 2013

The beautiful city of Garden Grove has been Missy Mendoza’s hometown ever since she was born.  She attends California State University of Fullerton as a 19-year-old sophomore, working towards her Bachelor’s Degree in Health Science.  With that degree, she hopes to enter a prestigious Physician’s Assistant program and intern in a third world country.  Her passion for education has created her drive to become a well-rounded individual. Missy utilizes her strong leadership skills by being a member of Alpha Delta Pi, a sorority on campus, and holding the position of Spirit Chair. ...

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Karina Valdez – Miss Garden Grove’s Outstanding Teen 2013

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Karina Valdez – Miss Garden Grove’s Outstanding Teen 2013

Karina Valdez is a sixteen-year-old junior currently attending Pacifica High School. She is the middle child of five siblings. Her family supports all of her activities and future aspirations. They are extremely close-knit and never miss out on an opportunity for sibling bonding. Their support during her experience as a contestant in the Miss Garden Grove pageant was immensely appreciated. Not only are they a huge part of her life, but they have helped shape who she is today. Other than her family, the next most important aspect of her life is dancing. Karina has been dancing since the age of...

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Karan Brar

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Karan Brar

Karan Brar, originally from Redmond, Washington, can be seen as starring as Ravi, one of the newly adopted children into the ultra-rich Ross family on the hit Disney channel series Jessie [opposite Debby Ryan, Peyton List, Cameron Boyce and Skai Jackson.] Brar, a newcomer to Hollywood, began acting when he was seven years old.  After taking classes in Washington and some in Los Angeles, he moved to Los Angeles with his family full time, to pursue his acting career. Brar has also appeared in Disney’s Austin & Ally [as Ravi] and voiced the character of Prince Zandar in Sofia the First,...

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Daphne Blunt

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Daphne Blunt

Daphne Blunt is an actress, singer, writer and fashion correspondent for Fanlala.  She made her first television appearance at the age of ten on the CBS daytime drama “The Young & the Restless” and as a contestant on the Nickelodeon game show “Brain Surge.” Daphne began acting at the age of three appearing in local theatre productions in Overland Park and in Miami where she moved with her family to begin modeling for one of the top agencies in the country, Irene Marie Models (from MTV fame). She most recently starred as ‘Kayla,’ in the Radio Disney webseries “My Dream.” ...

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Christine Martindale

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Christine Martindale

Christine Martindale has been in radio for most of her life and loving every minute of it. “Being able to go to work and not feel like you’re working is a dream come true,”says Christine, who has had an interest in broadcasting since she was in high school. Her career in radio has included time spent at KIKF in Orange Country, KOCM in Newport Beach and DIAL GLOBAL in Valencia. More recently, Christine spent the last 12 years with KOST/KBIG in Burbank. Some of her favorite artists are Kenny Chesney, Rascal Flatts and Lady Antebellum. A long-time resident of Orange County, Christine has...

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Sabrina Carpenter

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Sabrina Carpenter

Sabrina Carpenter  is a Pennsylvania native, and the youngest of three sisters. Most recently, she shot the pilot episode of Girl Meets World for Disney playing Maya opposite Danielle Fishel, Ben Savage, and Rowan Blanchard. Sabrina started her journey at the age of two by following in her sister’s footsteps as a beginning ballerina. It didn’t take long before Sabrina was filling her bedroom with trophies in multiple forms of dance.  As her passion and skill in dancing flourished Sabrina surprised her family and friends after discovering her unique vocal talents. At the age of seven,...

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