Sammy Hagar served as the Honorary Grand Marshal of the 2013 Fontana Days Parade in Fontana, California on June 1, riding with his family members on a float in the Fontana Days Parade and then enjoying a celebration at the festival at Veterans Park. In addition, he was presented with several gifts, including a sign indicating that he now has a street named after him in Fontana: Hagar Way.
A video/mini-documentary covering the day's events can be seen below. In it, Sammy talks about how dramatically Fontana has changed since he was a kid walking through the oranges groves, spends some time on the Grand Marshal float, visits with the fire department, and gets a street named after him.
Says Hagar: "Nothing is as gratifying as being honored in your hometown. For me it's right up there with the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. Having a street named after ya (Hagar Way) — come on!!!
"Fontana has changed so much since 1970 when I left. If you would have blindfolded me, brought me there and showed me around, I would not have known where I was. For real. 14k population then and 200k today — damn!
"When I was just a 6-year-old kid, I would watch the parade on Sierra Ave in front of Crawford Drug Store where my sister Bobbi worked and famous L.A. newscaster George Putnam was the Grand Marshal on a Palamino horse! I certainly never thought that would be me someday but hey, look what can happen! All in all, it made my family members very proud, and I must say me too."
Born and raised in Fontana, California, Hagar has gone on to become a Rock And Roll Hall Of Famer, #1 New York Times best-selling author, philanthropist and entrepreneur, known to the world simply as the Red Rocker. Hagar's participation brings extra excitement to a day that also includes a world class carnival zone and the 58th annual Fontana Days Run And Fitness Expo.
Mayor Acquanetta Warren said of Hagar: "His unequaled ability to entertain and thrill audiences as well as his unstoppable entrepreneurial spark, are rivaled only by his devotion to philanthropy and giving as he hosts several charity events each year benefitting local organizations all around the country. His work ethic, determination and innovative spirit speak highly of his character and his deep Fontana roots."