One thing about Los Angeles - it's not a one-parade town. If festivals are too stationary for you, if you need a parade to drum up an appetite for that Memorial Day BBQ, then you've got it made in the shade (as long as you've found a shady spot for your chair) in Los Angeles and Orange County on Monday. The good news for the parade abstainers is that none of the parades on this holiday marches down a major thoroughfare (unless the 405 gets shut down - in which case Topanga is going to hear plenty of honking that isn't for peace). For parade fans, the patriotic fanfare never sounded so good.
Canoga Park Memorial Day Parade
Canoga Park sets the bar high with the return of its annual Memorial Day Parade. The patriotic floats, equestrians, celebrities, antique cars, and marching bands step off at 11am, making their way down a new route this year - from the corner of Sherman Way and Owensmouth Ave. east to Mason on Sherman Way, ending at the First Baptist Church.
Topanga Days Memorial Day Parade
The happy folk of Topanga line up at Pine Tree Circle in the center of town early on Monday morning, with the parade setting off down Topanga Canyon Boulevard at 8:30am. Being Topanga, there's no telling what to expect, but good music and good feelings seem like a good guess.
La Canada Fiesta Days Parade
Another weekend-long festival that culminates in a Memorial Day parade, La Canada's Fiesta Days launches a grand parade down Foothill Boulevard at 10:30am on Monday. While much of the weekend is about the area's Spanish heritage, Monday turns purely red, white, and blue.
Garden Grove Parade
In Garden Grove, the Memorial Day Parade is the climax of the annual Strawberry Festival, but it's not always on Monday. This year's parade steps off on Saturday at 10am. Strawberries and schedules notwithstanding, spectators can count on plenty of rousing music and fun. The parade route begins at Ninth & Chapman and continues along Euclid.
Originally published May 23, 2012
Photo by Dana Beveridge via flickr