The 58th Palm Desert Golf Cart Parade is back in the Valley

The 58th Palm Desert Golf Cart Parade brought in residents from across the valley after not having held a parade since 2019. The Palm Desert Area Chamber of Commerce (PDACC) hosted the parade in the community after a few years of covid cancellations. A spokesperson said the City of Palm Desert, select sponsors and PDACC’s presenting sponsor, the Allen Foundation, organized the masquerade-themed parade. Tom Flores, NFL legend and recent Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee, was the 2022 Golf Cart Parade Grand Marshal.

About a hundred organizations and businesses took part. The parade proceeded from Portola on El Paseo to Ocotillo. First responders participated and other prizes were awarded.

The combined groups from Coachella valley high, Desert Hot Springs and Rancho Mirage high came together to participate in the parade. “Our kids have the same style, you know. A lot of them have the same income. They just like to play, so why not.” said Daniel Granillo, the Coachella Valley High School band supervisor. The combined marching bands of Rancho Mirage High and Desert Hot Springs won the School Spirit award. “The reason they got it is because these two schools came together and did the best possible job as a team,” Mayor Jan Harnik said. “They didn’t come separately. They came together. So thank you so much for showing us all how it’s done.”

Many families from all over the family came to join in the fun. “A fun way for all the families to interact and see some of the all-decorated golf carts,” said La Quinta resident Stacia Zarzycai.

“This is our first year participating in the Palm Desert Golf Cart Parade, we really want to start bringing all of the great art, culture and history of our city to the world,” a spokesperson said. the city of Coachella. The City of Coachella won the director’s award.

The Community Service Award was presented to Sacred Heart School, National Junior Honor Society. The Living Desert won the Most Humorous Award and The Patriots Store won the Judges Award.

A spokesperson said the parade is impacting businesses in the Coachella Valley. “It’s so crowded that we usually host between eight and 10,000 people here,” said Alisa Williams of the Palm Desert Area Chamber of Commerce. “So that’s just a lot of eyes going by seeing your business.”

A spokesperson for the Palm Desert Area Chamber of Commerce said about 60 golf carts participated and, combined with vendors and booths, up to 100 businesses and organizations attended. participated.

This event offered much more than a parade of golf carts. There was a car show, a beer garden, a flyover of the Palm Springs Air Museum, and a children’s area. “It’s really fun to be here,” said La Quinta resident Cullen Zarzycki.

Palm Desert resident Webb Farrer had a very elaborate pirate-themed tank, which he and three people assembled by hand. They came to have fun and won the Mayor’s Prize. “We have the mayor’s award, it feels good,” Farrer said. “I mean, we just came to have fun today and that’s just icing on the cake.”


Date: October 30

Time: 2:30 p.m. until (no end time)

Location: Let’s Flamingo at Shadow Mountain Golf Club

73-800 Ironwood St. Palm Desert, California.

Food is provided and entertainment. There is no reception bar.