“We wanted to keep with our theme of saluting the military,” Trujillo said. “She’s been a real strong supporter of our troops. “We’ve got a ton of military-related organizations from recruiting stations to the VFW, submarine pilots and a replica of the USS Arizona in the parade,” Trujillo said. Between 30,000 to 35,000 people are expected to attend. There is concern about rain, but the National Weather Service as of Thursday afternoon said there is a 30 percent chance of rain for today, but none on Saturday. “If it’s raining hard enough, we would cancel,” Trujillo said. If it’s light, the bands might choose not to participate, but others, who were willing, could go ahead, he said. The parade will begin at Greenleaf Avenue and Hadley, proceed south to Mar Vista Street, ending at Joe Miller Field, 7630 Washington Ave. There will be 73 entries, including eight floats and 22 high school bands. The parade will be filmed for later placement on Channel 6 on cable television in Whittier. Skyline Photography of Orange County is doing the filming this year. In the past, a cable television crew from KCAT, which worked out of Wilson High School in Hacienda Heights, had filmed the parade. But that group no longer exists, Trujillo said. Prior to the start, judging for band and marching units will be held along Comstock Avenue between Philadelphia and Hadley. Awards will be presented to winning groups following the conclusion of the parade at Joe Miller Field.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsMartinez was chosen because she’s in the military and this year’s parade – the 54th annual – has a theme of “Peace on Earth – A Patriotic Salute to the Armed Forces,” said Larry Trujillo, executive director of the Whittier Uptown Association that sponsors the parade. “She represents the patriotic salute to the armed forces,” Trujillo said. “She’s somebody who is the best of our country and our community.” Martinez is in the Marine Air Wing, stationed at Miramar near San Diego. She is in aviation maintenance administration. “It’s been great,” she said of her first 14 months in the Marines. “I’ve got to travel a lot.” The other grand marshal in the parade is Rep. Linda Sanchez, D-Cerritos. Parade Lineup: View a list of all parade entries WHITTIER – Lance Cpl. Irene Martinez has marched in the Whittier Uptown Christmas Parade three times in the past as a Whittier High School cheerleader. But at the 10 a.m. to noon parade Saturday, it will be different for Martinez, 19, of unincorporated West Whittier. She will be the community grand marshal. “This time it’s a more serious thing,” she said.