This week, Chris Cimino was announced as the Grand Marshal for Sierra Madre’s 2022 Fourth of July Parade by the parade’s committee.
“The Grand Marshal is a person or persons whose efforts over a long period of time has been beneficial to the community of Sierra Madre,” the parade’s website states. “The title of Grand Marshal is intended to honor a person or persons’ volume of work, dedication and overall enhancements to our community.”
Chris Cimino came to Sierra Madre when he was two years old. After growing up in town and running the streets at 18, he started work for the City of Sierra Madre on the weed abatement crew.
He continued to work for the city in several capacities until present where he currently serves as the Director of Public Works. Throughout those years, Cimino was an integral part of numerous community projects and efforts like new water reservoirs through the city, the rebuilding of the city pool, recreation center and rebuilding sport fields; but none the most front and center as the most recently completed upgrade of Kersting Court.
He is also dedicated to the Sierra Madre Pioneer Cemetery where he lovingly maintains the grounds and helps relatives plan for their deceased ones. Over the years, he has assisted the residents in a number of ways, both in his role with the city but also as a volunteer with a number of civic groups like Sierra Madre Little League, Pony Colt, Girls Softball and St. Rita’s. Cimino and his wife Pam settled in Sierra Madre and raised three children.
Additionally, the committee is proud and honored to announce that Dan Bell and Carol Canterbury have been selected as “Hometown Heroes.”
Dan Bell was born and raised in Sierra Madre, the grandson of the Canyon’s very own Mary of Mary’s Market. As a young man in town, Dan worked at Taylors and Happy’s Liquor, eventually working at the Recreation Center running youth activities and other community service programs including liaison with downtown merchants.
Finding a calling in public service, Bell has gone on to work for several municipalities over the years including Monrovia, Glendale and now the City of Ontario. But he never wavered far from home, still staying actively involved in his town of Sierra Madre.
Carol is the embodiment of the Sierra Madre spirit. For every city-wide event wherever you look, Canterbury seems to be there. Always ready to lend a helping hand, a ride, a tour in her golf cart, or a smile, Carol has dedicated her time and heart to Sierra Madre. Daily, you can find her on Facebook promoting businesses, events, and her fellow residents.
Parade participation is open to all; young, young-at-heart and everything in between. There is no fee to participate thanks to the generous support of the Sierra Madre Kensington.
Parade registration is officially open and all applications must be submitted by June 5. Due to safety and staging concerns, no late entries will be accepted. To register visit the parade’s official website at https://www.sierramadrefourthofjuly.com/.
For questions regarding parade registration please contact the 4th of July Committee at email@example.com or the Community Services Department at (626) 355-5278.