The Presidents Day Parade in Indio hosted the usual phantasmagoria of floats, bands and equestrian teams Monday, with grand marshals actor Esai Morales and retired Los Angeles Rams tight end David Hill.
The parade is part of the 73rd annual Riverside County Fair & National Date Festival, which began on Friday and will continue through Sunday.
“Both Esai and David are true examples of leadership, character, and excellence in their professions,” Riverside County Fourth District Supervisor V. Manuel Perez said. “Their participation as grand marshals is especially welcome during these times as our kids face issues such as bullying, violence, and drugs.
“I thank both Esai and David for coming and for showing their love and support for our communities.”
Esai Morales made his feature film debut in 1983 with “Bad Boys.” His breakout role came in the 1987 biopic of rock ‘n’ roll star Ritchie Valens as Valens’ half-brother Bob Morales. His television credits include “NYPD Blue,” “Miami Vice” and “Criminal Minds.”
“I am honored to participate in this parade which is a source of cultural pride in a community that focuses on increasing access for Latinos in the arts and entertainment industries” Morales said.
Hill played in the NFL from 1976-87, the final five seasons with the Los Angeles Rams, when they were based in Anaheim. He is a younger brother of longtime KCBS-TV Channel 2 sportscaster Jim Hill.
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