Photos: A Very Relevant Weekend For Mr. Irrelevant XL
While Irrelevant Week doesn’t kick off until Tuesday, July 7, Mr. Irrelevant 2015 got a preview when he participated in the 22nd Annual Balboa Island Parade on Sunday, June 7. Gerald Christian, one of the NFL’s newest stars (as tight end for the Arizona Cardinals) and this year’s 40th Annual “Mr. Irrelevant,” was featured in this fun-filled event for all ages.
The parade brings together families and the local community to celebrate “Balboa Island Day,” and includes decorative floats, vintage cars, drill teams, marching bands, children on bikes, local dignitaries, and more. Accompanied by Newport Harbor High School Cheerleaders and Irrelevant Week Founder Paul Salata, Christian tossed mini-footballs and candy to hundreds of spectators along Marine Avenue.
When asked his favorite thing to do besides play football, Christian expressed his interest in fishing. So Christian’s weekend began on Saturday, June 6, with a fishing excursion off the Southern California coast. Christian and his friend, Abram Elam—a safety in the NFL for seven years—quickly established a friendly competition for number of fish caught. With both athletes reeling in Calico Seabass at a steady rate, they were tied up at 8-8. While Elam lost a 45-minute battle with the final fish (deemed to be “the big catch”), the consensus was that Elam pulled out the tie-breaker with his nearly successful efforts of reeling in “the one that got away.”
After fishing, Undefeated Board Members and friends of the organization had an opportunity to meet Christian at the Newport Yacht Club before making a few stops at local haunts including the Village Inn, Three-30-Three, and A&O Kitchen at Balboa Bay Resort. A&O Kitchen even created a signature cocktail—the High and Dry—in honor of Mr. Irrelevant. Fans can try one for themselves at A&O Kitchen through July 12.
Join Christian and other notable sports figures for Irrelevant Week, July 7 through July 12. Tickets benefit Special Olympics Southern California.