Joining the festivities at this year’s July Fourth Parade is KUSI TV’s Mike Castellucci, longtime news anchor and Emmy winning host of the unique morning show, “The Office.”
Castellucci will ride in the parade as special guest of the Coronado Brewing Company. He will carry the official designation of, “co-pilot and navigator” in CBC’s 1924 Model T beer truck, “Olive Oyl,” said Ron Chapman, co-founder and CEO of the restaurant and brewery.
The 64th Annual Independence Day Holiday Parade falls on a Wednesday this year, with a theme of, “America’s People.” The parade will run from 10 a.m. until noon on July 4th.
“I had the honor to ride in last December’s Holiday Parade,” said Castellucci,” and it was so much fun that when I got the invitation to ride in the Independence Day Parade I jumped at the chance. I love Coronado, and I’m really looking forward to this.”
Castellucci’s morning show carries him all over San Diego County. He did a small piece for the evening news on his Coronado parade experience last December, while riding in the Coronado Brewing Company’s Model T beer truck. This year he is trying to put together a live broadcast where he would walk the staging areas and talk to parade entries and spectators before the parade.
“The Office,” finds the witty newsman in a variety of locations, where he broadcasts live from various communities in San Diego County by setting up a desk, lamp, file cabinet, bowling pin and other comical office props. It’s a unique way to tell a community story and involve people, and has been very well received.
Castellucci received three Emmys last week for excellence in his craft – for “Outstanding Magazine Program” (a half-hour special called “Flipped Out” that he did entirely on his Flip camera), for “Writing,” and for “On-Camera Performer.”
Castellucci has broadcast numerous times from Coronado, including live packages at the Coronado Brewing Company and the newly restored Village Theatre. In May he did a short film on the ferryboat Silvergate that carries pedestrians and bicyclists back and forth across the bay. That film can be viewed at:
The 64th Annual Independence Day Parade starts at First Street and follows Orange Avenue past the Coronado Brewing Company to Churchill Place before passing the judges’ grandstand review and completing the parade.
This year the Coronado Brewing Company will have two parade commentators situated on the median strip in front of the restaurant & brewery. Dot Harms and Lila Rieckens will keep the crowd entertained with parade trivia, history, and of course news of events taking place at CBC, as they have so effectively done in past parades.