Surfer Rob Machado to serve as grand marshal of 2016 Encinitas Holiday Parade

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Professional surfer Rob Machado will serve as the grand marshal of the Encinitas Holiday Parade the evening of Dec. 3, according to a press release from the city.

Machado will ride in the parade along Coast Highway 101 with his wife Sophie, his 15 year-old daughter Rose and 3 year-old son Jax.

The Encinitas Holiday Parade is a 59-year-old tradition. Each year, the Encinitas Holiday Parade Committee selects one of Encinitas’ own to lead the nearly 100 entries down the parade route. The committee has named Machado grand marshal “in recognition of his dedication to the community, his care for the ocean and for being such an influence for positive change in the world around us,” according to the release.

Born in Australia, Machado came to Cardiff-by-the-Sea by age 3, and Machado describes Christmases here as “traditional California,” the release stated. Raised just up the hill from Swami’s, the ocean became Machado’s second home, the release stated.

“I am super excited to be the grand marshal, especially with the ‘80s theme,” Machado stated in the release.

The parade theme is “Encinitas86!” in recognition of the 30-year anniversary of Encinitas becoming a city in 1986.

The 5:30 p.m. parade is preceded by a 5 p.m. tree-lighting ceremony at the Lumberyard (near Starbucks).

Free parking shuttles will run from 4 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. from Scripps Hospital Encinitas on Santa Fe Drive (ADA accessible bus) and from the Magdalena Ecke YMCA parking lot at 200 Saxony Road.

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