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How The Palm Desert Golf Cart Parade Began

Among the Coachella Valley’s many iconic traditions, Palm Desert’s annual Golf Cart Parade exudes an overwhelming sense of charm, nostalgia and good ole family fun.

According to local lore — and who does the telling of it — the parade began in the 1950s and was started either by radio personalities Phil Harris and his wife Alice Faye or actors William Powell, William Boyd and Ginger Rogers.

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