Lions name 41st annual Christmas Parade junior grand marshal

2019 Seal Beach Christmas Parade Junior Grand Marshal Harlow Limas. Courtesy photo

Harlow Limas, 8, to represent The Youth Center in SB parade

The Seal Beach Lions have announced that this year’s Junior Grand Marshal is Harlow Limas. Harlow is 8 years old, and she will represent the more than 3,000 children that the Youth Center serves.

Harlow is the second generation to enter the safe respite of the Youth Center. Nearly two decades ago, her father, Brice Limas, was also cared for by the Youth Center when he was a child. He went on to serve in the military and for him to know that Harlow was in a safe, friendly environment where she felt like she belonged gave him great peace of mind.

Harlow is in 3rd grade at Hopkinson Elementary and lives in Seal Beach. She has attended the Youth Center for two years and made many friends, so many in fact, that she couldn’t just pick one to mention. Next to reading her A-Z mysteries, playing with her friends was her second favorite thing to do at the Youth Center. She also said, “I like to go to the Great Wolf Lodge” with her family, and spending time with her two sisters. Her favorite princess is “Belle” from Beauty and the Beast, and, for Halloween, she was dressed up as Audrey from Descendants III.

“The Youth Center offers a positive, fun, safe place to go after school where they feel like they belong.” Lina’s holiday wish for the Center would be “to keep the doors open for all the kids who need us regardless if they can afford to pay or not,” said Lina Lumme, executive director of the Youth Center.

The mission of The Youth Center is “to transform children’s lives one family at a time through collaborative social, educational, and recreational programs.” Since the inception of the Youth Center in 1952, the Youth Center has had the opportunity to establish valuable partnerships within the community.

So, congratulations Harlow Limas for being this year’s parade Junior Grand Marshal. Let’s all look forward to seeing Harlow and her family on Main Street Dec. 6 at 7 p.m.

Gina Phillips is a Seal Beach Lion who works with the Youth Center’s Every 15 Minutes Program.