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The fun starts here! The 50th Annual Palm Desert Golf Cart Parade starts its trek at the corner of El Paseo and San Luis Rey.

If you’ve never attended the “Golf Capital of the World’s” annual golf cart parade, here’s your chance to make up for lost time. The 50th parade, “Palm Desert on Parade – Through the Decades 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s and Present Day”, will start at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 26, 2014. The 3/4-mile parade route is westbound on El Paseo from San Luis Rey to Ocotillo. There won’t be any crying at this party, replete with whimsically decorated golf carts, pageantry, marching bands, and good vibrations. Making a special appearance will be The USC Trojan Marching band, The Spirit of Troy.

The world-famous Palm Desert Golf Cart Parade was born in the early 1960s, the brainchild of several fun-loving individuals. It used to be held in July for the benefit of local residents and didn’t become an annual event until 1983. Today, the Palm Desert Area Chamber of Commerce, the City of Palm Desert and a committee of volunteers collaborate on this must-see celebration, held on the 4th Sunday in October. Only electric-powered carts no larger than 14’x16’x30’ are permitted, and they must be decorated. Squads, groups and clubs with a decorated cart may also participate. Nominal entry fees apply.

Palm Desert Golf Cart Parade family-friendly activities include: Rotary Pancake Breakfast (Bank of America parking lot), Golf Cart Car Show, Webb Foundation’s Kid’s Free Play Zone (Larkspur, south of El Paseo), Food & Drink Vendors, Awards Ceremony (corner of El Paseo & San Luis Rey), and Palm Springs Air Museum Flyby (approx. 12:50 p.m.)

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Since October high temperatures average 91º, it is advisable to wear a hat and sunblock. We also recommend having fun fun fun ’til the t-bird (golf cart) rolls with the others away!

You can also view more with this great video posted by Palm Springs Life magazine!