Grand marshals for the fifth annual Fourth of July parade on Main Street will be Santa Monica’s lifeguards, led by Capt. Angus Alexander, a 31-year veteran who oversees operations at the Central Section Lifeguard Headquarters, located just south of the Santa Monica Pier.

The theme for this year’s parade, presented by the Ocean Park Association, is “Fourth of July at the Beach,” with sponsors such as RAND Corp., Santa Monica Place, Santa Monica College, the Convention & Visitors Bureau and Chamber of Commerce.

The parade starts at 9:30 a.m. on July 4 in front of the Civic Center and proceeds down Main Street to the Venice border. Volunteers are needed. To contribute, e-mail to

Those who would like to march in the parade can find applications, guidelines and waivers starting June 1 at

General parade inquiries should be directed to

In addition to serving as a lifeguard, Alexander is a founding member of environmental watchdog Heal the Bay and is on the governing board of the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission and the Bay Watershed Council.

“The Ocean Park Association is pleased to be honoring the women and men who keep our local ocean waters safe and secure,” said Ted Winterer, a past president of the association.

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