OCEANSIDE — About 300 people, all dressed in red shirts, gathered at Mission San Luis Rey on Oct. 31. The group created a giant human heart to show their love for Oceanside.
Parks and Recreation Division Manager Eileen Turk used a bullhorn to direct everyone to get in place along the outline of 40-foot wide heart. Once the heart was formed two drones flew overhead to take photos.
People who took part in the campaign said they loved the city’s weather, beaches and friendly people. Historic architecture, diverse restaurants, and a vibrant art scene could also be added to the list.
“The people are just so positive and have so much pride and passion, it makes us special,” Leslee Gaul, president and CEO of Visit Oceanside, said.
Valorie Brown was there with her daughter Jaida Brown, 10, and friend Tracey Frazier who just moved to Oceanside. Valorie said they participated to commemorate her friend’s move to city.
The event was organized by Visit Oceanside, Oceanside Chamber of Commerce and MainStreet Oceanside. Photos of the heart will be used to promote city events and businesses during the month of February. Gaul said it’s a great off-season time to come to Oceanside.
Already planned are a Valentine’s Day 5k run, and a 5, 14 and 25 mile Valentine’s Day bike ride with a food and beer garden and sports expo. Gaul said many events include the whole family.
There will also be an opportunity for 10 active duty military to get married for free every on Feb. 8 at Pacific Street Linear Park. Other events and business promotions happening in February will be linked to the Valentine’s Day theme.
A human heart was also created for the campaign in June. One hundred people gathered at the Oceanside Pier to form the heart.
For more information go to visitoceanside.org/oceanside-valentine-week.