Parade on pause; smoke postpones Roseville event to Dec 15

By: Bill Sullivan, Associate Publisher
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Just as residents of Placer County were getting ready to kick off this magical time of the year, they learned they will have to wait just a bit a longer. Much like many area schools and services, Santa too has been smoked out, at least temporarily.


Roseville Area Chamber of Commerce officials announced Wednesday night that Saturday’s 57th Sylvia Besana Holiday Parade has been postponed, due to unhealthy levels of smoke and poor air quality from the Camp Fire that continue to pose health risks to those in the region. The parade will now march on Dec. 15th, according to the announcement.


The holiday parade, is named in honor of Sylvia Besana, a longtime parade chair and 40-year vice principal of Roseville High School. Besana was a Roseville native who epitomized the word "volunteer." An educator, counselor and avid community leader, Besana spent the greater part of her life giving back to the community and making a difference through her continued commitment to serve.


She passed away in 2008 but her legacy lives on, not only with the annual holiday parade but with the annual Sylvia Besana Award and other iconic events throughout the city.


"I served with Sylvia on the Holiday Parade committee for two years before we lost her,” said Roseville City Councilman Scott Alvord.  “She was a spitfire with a passion for making the parade a wonderful experience."

Besana had a passion for people. Wednesday’s decision was made with the safety of attendees first and foremost, a decision that Besana would undoubtedly be in favor of.


On Dec. 15, the Sylvia Besana Parade will begin at 10 a.m. in downtown Roseville at the corner of Vernon Street and Douglas Boulevard. It will continue down Vernon Street to Folsom Street, where it will turn and continue onward to the north parking lot of the Roseville Square Shopping Center.  Gold Country Media will continue to provide updates on this event.