Founding member of musical group war named grand marshal of Pomona Christmas parade

 The Garey High School Marching Band entertains the crowd in the Pomona Christmas Parade, themed The Pomona Express, Saturday, Dec. 9, in downtown Pomona. (Courtesy photo)

The Garey High School Marching Band entertains the crowd in the Pomona Christmas Parade, themed The Pomona Express, Saturday, Dec. 9, in downtown Pomona. (Courtesy photo)

By LISET MÁRQUEZ | lmarquez@scng.com | Inland Valley Daily BulletinPUBLISHED: November 30, 2018 at 2:28 pm | UPDATED: November 30, 2018 at 2:30 pm

Thousands are expected to flock to downtown Pomona on Dec. 8 for the annual Christmas parade.

The Pomona Christmas Parade, themed “Sounds of Christmas,” will be from 6 to 8 p.m.

Harold Ray Brown, a founding member of War and a Pomona resident, will serve as the grand marshal, the Downtown Pomona Owners Association announced in a news release.

The parade is expected to feature more than 100 entries, including floats, bands and drill teams. It will begin at East Second and Gibbs streets and continue west on Second then turning south on Park Avenue to Mission Boulevard.At Mission, the parade will turn east and then head north on Garey Avenue before turning east on East Third Street, south on Locust Street, and east on Fourth and ending at Gibbs.

A free family event prior to the parade will run from 4 to 9 p.m. at Shaun Diamond Plaza.

For more information, visit downtownpomona.org.