The argument for Venice Beach

christmas boat parade

Once you get past the lack of parking, the high parking prices, the terrible drivers who don’t know what they’re doing, the bicyclists who block traffic in both directions, the crime, the lack of respect for personal or public property, the damn hippies, the RV owners flushing raw sewage into the streets and the smug surfers and their holier-than-thou attitudes, Venice Beach isn’t such a bad place, as evidenced by the Venice Canal Christmas Parade I went to last weekend. Yes, that’s a rock band comprised of Santa, King Kong, an Elvis or two, Spider-Man, an elf, half of the Village people and Yoshi.

Joe Donatelli
Joe Donatelli is a writer in Los Angeles

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