You might have seen them on Sunday at the Coronado Ferry Landing or at the Hotel del or even on the evening news, but wherever you saw them . . . they were a sight to be seen! Sixty witches walking the streets of Coronado and San Diego are hard to miss!
It all began about eleven years ago when Rebecca Geiss (daughter of Coronado High Principal Wilf Seaman) wanted to celebrate her October 23rd birthday with a few friends, and dress up as witches. That group of twelve grew to the sixty witches you may have witnessed around town. And there were many comments amid the cackles about who we were missing!
They met at the Coronado Ferry Landing (where the fountain used to be) and cameras were flashing as they picked up a bag and had to find the person whose name was on the tag. Great icebreaker when there are sixty of you and totally unidentifiable in costume!
Witches in paradise . . . so much faster than a broom! Photo by Gail Parker
Pretty witches all in a row . . . beware! Photo by Gail Parker
Next they boarded the ferry and pretty much occupied the top and the bottom levels for a short voyage to San Diego. Several news crews were present at the departure and I did see us on Channel 7 news last night (my red hair was very incriminating).
Witches arrive at the W in pedicabs. Photo by Gail Parker
They were met by pedicabs (15 in all) and whisked through the streets of downtown and the crowds loved it!
They landed at the W for champagne and an incredible lunch. They were then picked up by a doubledecker bus (British type) and got lots of waves and yells on I-5.
Finally they ended up on the sundeck of the Hotel del, but not before lots of photographs by Japanese tourists and a parade onto the deck, serenaded by Ron's Garage playing the Eagles' "Witchy Woman". The crowd at the sundeck was expecting them (thanks to Ron's wife Juliette) and many were in Halloween costumes. They danced with the patrons for a few hours and then walked home with their witchy friends, getting lots of comments and happy greetings the whole way.