Justin Rudd and his nonprofit community action team have been all but closed for the past 15 months – and in-person events are key to the business model.
So Rudd is ready to step out the door when most of the coronavirus pandemic restrictions end on Tuesday, June 15. He will be hosting the 265th 30-minute beach clean-up on Saturday, June 19 and said he expects up to 175 volunteers to launch Granada’s 10 a.m.
Upon completion of the cleanup, the beach will turn into a talent contest stage for Rudd’s national anthem. The winner gets a $ 1,000 contract to sing the anthem at other Rudd events. The song is a cappella, with few limits on the type of entry – solos, duets and more can sing.
But the biggest effort goes towards the July 4th children’s parade. Registrations opened last week and registrations are accelerating. Partly because the fourth is on Sunday this year, Rudd said he is expecting 400 to 500 children, along with their family and friends.
And, so far at least, no one has complained.
“Nobody told me about it (COVID-19),” Rudd said. “People can still wear masks if they want to. But I really feel it’s safe. Everything is outside. “
Rudd arrived in California in 1995 and moved to Long Beach around the turn of the century. His nonprofit, CAT, hosts around 62 events a year – or did so until the coronavirus shutdown.
“My goal in being at Long Beach is, I think, to organize events,” Rudd said. “I want to bring people together.
Numerous Rudd events have seen him on television. He appeared on the “Tonight Show with Jay Leno” in 2003 thanks to his Bulldog Beauty Contest, and Los Angeles TV stations broadcast everything from the High Dog How Halloween Parade to the Fourth of July Bike Parade.
Although some events include an entrance fee, entry to the bike parade is free. And there are several contests on this day, from the best costume to the best bicycle decoration to a patriotic speech contest. The prizes (often a $ 10 ticket) come from money raised at other events.
“I’m really looking forward to Saturday and then the fourth,” Rudd said. “People really want to go out. And it kind of seems patriotic that we’ve got past COVID, if you know what I mean. “
The Kids Bike Parade, the 18th annual edition, starts at 10:00 a.m. on July 4 and travels 3 km along the beach bike path. The Port of Long Beach is the main sponsor and people can register until the start of the parade.
Visit justinrudd.com/calendar to find CAT events.