April 6th in Seal Beach History

On this date in 1920, the Seal Beach Chamber of Commerce held the fourth annual Snowball Dance.

According to a February 2 story in the Santa Ana Register, “an entirely new decorative scheme is being perfected which will make the massive dance pavilion resemble a mass of snowballs” and a new stage setting would make “the decorations the most elaborate ever seen in Seal Beach.”

Music was provided by the six-piece Silver Spray Orchestra, a popular local group that even had its own late night show broadcasted from Long Beach’s KFOX radio station in 1929 and 1930.

The 1919 Snowball Dance had 1500 dancers, but the chamber prepared for at least 2000 dancer for the 1920 event. Hypothetically, 50,000 dancers should be anticipated for this year’s Snowball Dance, but Seal Beach’s last Snowball Dance was held in 1921.

– Michael Dobkins

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