Clint Eastwood Grand Marshal of Carmel-by-the-Sea's 100th Birthday

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Clint Estwood, Grand Marshall Carmel-by-the-Sea 100ths Birthday Parade


Clint Eastwood, former Mayor of Carmel-by-the-Sea and who many people think still is, was the Grand Marshal of the city's Centennial Parade today, riding in style on the Wells Fargo stagecoach.

Starting the event near the staging ground was local Myles Williams who sang "Misty" from "Play Misty for Me",  Eastwood's 1971 film that was filmed here in town.

Myles Williams sang "Misty" at Carmel-by-the-Sea 100th Birthday Parade

I really love this town. You would think that in a city where real estate prices start at $1 million (if you can find one) but is more in the $2+ million range and up), that the town has an "attitude".

Not so.

Although, for the first time, the City actually hired some outside talent to help with floats and such, it was still pure Carmel-by-the-Sea. In fact, most of the actual residents seemed to be in the parade itself. Whether marching for the Red Cross or the Women's Club (suffragettes with signs that included "No City Hall"), everyone was dressed in "period" outfits to match the theme.


Rotary Club Carmel-by-the-Sea 100th Birthday Cake

Even Mayor Steve Dallas and council members were ferried in vintage cars, and had dug deep in attic trunks for early century clothes.

Carmel-by-the-Sea's 100th Birthday Parade

Carmel Foundation at Carmel-by-the-Sea 100th Birthday Parade


What did Clint Eastwood wear? Why, that well known western poncho and hat -- but no cigar.

Clint Eastwood, Grand Marshall Carmel-by-the-Sea 100th Birthday Parade

Note: This is a photo I took while Clint was going by on the stagecoach--and focused in on his face. Yep, this my photo!!! Looks like a classic, doesn't it?

What a Parade:

The City expected about 10,000 spectators and they were probably not wrong. Lining Ocean Avenue on both sides from Mission Street to Monte Verde, spectators watched the parade go down Ocean Avenue, and double back on the other side. It then hooked a right on San Carlos and proceeded down to Sunset Center.

Carmel-by-the-Sea 100th Birthday Parade

Spectators were pretty good about staying off Ocean Avenue, but by the time it reached San Carlos,  many joined the parade in their Halloween customers including dogs in theirs.

Halloween costumes at Carmel-by-the-Sea 100th Birthday Parade

When my friend Dominique (who had a press pass) and I got to Sunset Center, a long line had formed for the pre-purchased (and sold out) lunch.

Dominique Gallet at Carmel-by-the-Sea's 100th Birthday Sunset Center Lunch

For the rest of us, we had a blast listening to a fabulous Mariachi band

Mariachi Band at Sunset Center Carmel-by-the-Sea's 100th Birthday Lunch

while munching on birthday cake provided free by the  owner of Carmel Bakery, Little Napoli and Vesuvio restaurants. Thank you, Pepe.

Birthday cake for Carmel-by-the-Sea's 100th Anniversary

It was such a great day to meet new people, including this gentleman in his Halloween outfit .


 "I am Pi" and Hella Rothwell hanging out with the tiger.


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Ed Silva
RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Great photos.  We have been to Carmel-by-the sea some years ago and stopped long enough to have lunch but no way I could remember the name of the restaurant.   Great photos thanks for sharing

Oct 29, 2016 09:39 AM #3
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Alliance Real Estate - Minot - Minot, ND
Bob Timm, Broker Associate, Alliance Real Estate

Thanks for sharing the fun Hella Mitschke Rothwell , I've always liked Clint.

Oct 29, 2016 09:40 AM #4
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Those are great photos, Hella!  It's hard to believe that Carmel is only 100 years old.  It seems much older!

Oct 29, 2016 11:19 AM #5
Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS, Broker
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ
Arizona's Top Banana of Real Estate!

What fun! Regular old fashioned fun in a small town. I love it!

Oct 29, 2016 11:24 AM #6
Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®
Carmel by the Sea, CA
Rothwell Realty Inc. CA#01968433 Carmel-by-the-Sea

Thank you all for your comments. I just came back from the street dance a couple of blocks away. Rockin'

That cake in the photo? Showed up again on the stage tonight, surrounded by the Mayor (no, not Clint) and the coucil people. Will put it up tomorrow. Too tired after dancing on the street with several hundred people.

Oct 29, 2016 12:40 PM #7
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Looks like people realy get into this and despite not ever being there it looks like a place I could get used to!

Oct 29, 2016 10:32 PM #8
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
Realty One Group - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

What a fun  time you clearly had during this event. I am sure you encountered many former clients and made acquaintances with many future ones.

Oct 29, 2016 10:58 PM #9
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Hella M. Rothwell, Wow dancing in the streets, I wish I was there to catch a dance or two with you.  I sure love to dance.

Oct 30, 2016 12:47 AM #10
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents
Lyon Real Estate - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

I see you were flirting as usual, Hella. I see the glint in that guy's eyes as he hugs his tiger baby or whatever that is . . . maybe it's a leopard . . .

Oct 30, 2016 03:55 AM #11
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

Hella, what a spectacular localism post!!! I just poured over the photos and descriptions. I was hoping you'd show us one of my favorite "Hollywood" types, (which he clearly is NOT), our buddy, Clint. Really, he is in the parade--what a hoot! I don't know of many actors/directors of his caliber who would take the time for such an old-fashioned outing. Love that and so much about him! 

I've only been through Carmel by the Sea once, back in the 80's, but it was so gorgeous that I have some lingering OMG memory of how beautimous it was(my word). 


Nov 03, 2016 01:43 AM #12
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Hi Hella.  Looks like a wonderful celebration.  I only wish I could have been there.

Nov 03, 2016 10:10 PM #13
Michael Jacobs
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena Area Real Estate 818.516.4393

Hi Hella -- a great glimpse into what makes Carmel-by-the-Sea such an incredible place.  I had no idea it was 100 years old and I know people still identify Cliff Eastwood as the Mayor.   Talk about a lasting impression.   

Nov 03, 2016 11:26 PM #14
Patricia Feager
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor® - Immediately, I found the youtube video for Johnny Mathis singing the original version of Play Misty for Me and was enchanted by your post featuring an event by Carmel-by-the Sea with a great icon, Clint Eastwood. That must have been a very special day for you and all attendees! 

With Misty playing in the background, reading your wonderful localism post, and seeing the great photographs, I felt happy to be an American knowing that real people like you and Clint, and hanging out with people like that guy with the Tiger increase my chances that Americans can get it right. 

Thank you, for this lovely American story!

Nov 04, 2016 01:23 AM #15
Patricia Feager
Selling Homes Changing Lives


Nov 04, 2016 01:24 AM #16
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Anytime you make it 100 years at anything, that deserves something of a degree of respect no matter what.

Nov 17, 2016 03:45 PM #17
Winston Heverly
Winston Realty, Inc. - Atlantis, FL

May this Holiday season be the most productive surpassing last years totals.

Nov 27, 2016 11:22 PM #18
David Alan Baker Laveen & South Phoenix Realtor
HomeSmart - Laveen, AZ
Your local Expert

Some great photos, and appears to have been a great event to attend

Dec 02, 2016 01:55 PM #19
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

This area was a fishing port occupied by the Chinese and south Americans after the gold rush.  Point Joe (Chou) had a shack and dried albone and was selling shells after the birth of tourists by the Southern Pacific RR.  I have a histroical photo of him holding a kitty cat around 1920. The then owner got all that area for close to nothing and profitted from the tourists coming from El Camino Real.  Most old timers recall renting a tiny cabin in the summer from SP RR property managers.  

Thanks for posting.

Dec 02, 2016 02:40 PM #20
Debra Leisek
Bay Realty,Inc Homer Alaska - Homer, AK

What fun! Looks like a really good time! And Clint Eastwood!!!!

Dec 02, 2016 06:45 PM #21
Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint
Sandpoint, ID
North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227

What a great day. And Clint !  Who would not come just to glimpse this famous icon?  Mark

Dec 02, 2016 08:47 PM #22
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