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The annual Palm Desert golf cart parade took place Sunday on El Paseo. Dozens of agencies and businesses decorated their golf carts to follow a safari theme.
Colin Atagi/The Desert Sun

Anyone who returned from a trip to El Paseo Sunday probably would have said it’s a jungle out there.

Up and down the street, there were lions, tigers and bears. There also were giraffes, elephants, large spiders and even dinosaurs, and every single one of them was on a golf cart.

The annual Palm Desert golf cart parade took place Sunday, and this year it had a desert safari theme. Participants from across the desert covered their carts with decorations that offered a jungle feel, while they dressed as hunters or animals.

“You can dress up and be a celebrity for a day,” said Marty Meehan, owner of Palm Desert-based Premier Senior Home Care.

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He and his staff based their golf cart on the movie, “Jumanji,” and included a large spider on its roof. Meehan was a hunter, while his staff dressed as animals.

“We kind of make it fun for our office,” Meehan said.

The parade, which was in its 53rd year, kicked off at noon and traversed a route that was just under a mile long.

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Dozens of golf carts moved along to the cheers of onlookers while local high school marching bands performed music. Among the safari-themed golf carts was a small number decked out with Halloween decorations.

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Traditional golf carts also were displayed during the festivities, but there was little doubt that the decorated golf carts were the main attraction.

“We’re always interested in seeing what people can do with normal golf carts,” said Palm Desert resident Amy Ballard, 43, who was in attendance with her family. “We see golf carts every day in the desert, and this is a good break from the norm.”

Meehan had similar sentiments and he said he enjoyed the creativity that goes into the golf cart parade every year.

“One year, we made a spaceship,” he said. 

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