Long Beach

Wini Carter

​Honorary Grand Marshal


​Grand Marshal

Stan Chambers


​Grand Marshal

Johnny Grant

​Ivan J. Houston

​Military Grand Marshal

William "Jack" McDowell


​Grand Marshal

Bob Seagren


Robert Hammond


​Grand Marshal

Walter Ehlers


​Grand Marshals

John Morris & Angela Madsen


Allan Kobrick


​Grand Marshal

Adm. Kevin P. Eldridge


​Grand Marshal

Brig. Gen. Roger W. Teague

​Honorary Grand Marshals

​Juan Fajardo

Gold Star Mothers

Merchant Marine Veterans

   Wini Carter was born on April 13, 1919 in Boston one of 8 children. She grew up on welfare in New York.  

    When  World War II broke out she starting working as a civilian secretary for the military at the Pentagon. She served the military until 1971. Her service took her to Hawaii in 1959. She was assigned to Korea and worked for the command staff for  4 years.

​    In 1971 she moved to Long Beach. In 1986 she graduated from the Long Beach Reserve Police Officers academy  at the age 67. She worked Patrol, Women's jail and as a secretary  taking and transcribing dictation from police officers. She helped establish a scholarship program with the Black Police Officer's Organization.

​    At 71 she returned to school and at 78 recieved a BA in English from Cal State Dominguez.

​    In 1997 she returned to the Long Beach Police department  as a Senior Police Partner.

​     In 2014 she was appointed by Long Beach Mayor, Bob Foster as a Commissioner for the Senior Citizens Advisory Commission where she is still active.


​Grand Marshals

Mark Kriski, Gayle Anderson, Carlos Amezcua, & Sam Rubin


​Grand Marshal

Art Linkletter

Mitchell T. Key

21st Annual

Rudy Rios

Keith McCart



​Grand Marshals

Paul Moyer


Colleen Williams


Clifford Chaffee

Rear Admiral

Mark D. Guadagnini


​Grand Marshals

Steve Edwards, Dorothy Lucey, & Jillian Barberies

​Honorary Grand Marshal

Tom Hennessey


​Grand Marshal

Clarence Bramley

​Honorary Grand Marshal

Rosie The Riveter Foundation


​Grand Marshal

Col. Anita Latin, USAF

​Honorary Grand Marshal

Lt.Col. John Kanaley, USA

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Stephen Peck

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​     Ivan J. Houston was born in Los Angeles, California in 1925. 

     He served in the US Army as a combat infantryman, with the 3rd Battalion, 370th Infantry Regiment, 92nd Division of the US Fifth Army  the only all-Negro division to fight in Europe during World War II. Known as the Buffalo Soldiers. During World War II, Houston was awarded the Combat Infantryman’s Badge and the Bronze Star.  He was also awarded the Purple Heart for wounds received in enemy action.  He ended the war as his battalion’s sergeant major.
    He and his fellow Buffalo Soldiers  liberated the Italian city of Lucca. To this day the jubilant Italians regaling him and his fellow soldiers as their liberators from fascists and Nazis. In 2012 he was invited to stay at the villa his battalion liberated in 1944.  He returned to Italy each year from 2013 to 2016.  In 2014 he led the celebration of the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the city of Lucca.

    He is the author of Black Warriors: The Buffalo Soldiers of World War II, where he recounts his experiences, in Italy. 

     Mr. Houston, is a graduate of UC Berkeley, is the retired CEO of one of America’s largest black owned businesses, Golden State Mutual Life Insurance Co.  He was also a member of the board of directors of some of the nation’s leading corporations including Pacific Telesis Group now AT&T, First Interstate Bank, now Wells Fargo and Kaiser Aluminum and Chemical.

    He was  president of the Los Angeles Urban League and for 14 consecutive years was listed in Ebony Magazine as one of America’s most influential black leaders.

    Houston lives in Los Angeles, California.





Grand Marshal


Honorary Grand Marshals

Col. Lisa Costanza, Cal. Army National Guard

CWO Dave Kean, USA


Military Grand Marshal


Elizabeth Barba


​Honorary Grand Marshal


​Grand Marshals

Lt.Col. John J. Sega, USMCR

Capt. J. Kipling Louttit, USCG

​Honorary Grand Marshals

Chief Clifford Chaffee, USN(ret)

Christopher Martin, Cal. Army National Guard (ret)

Thomas M. Murphy

Saturday, November 11, 2017, 10am