Everyone Loves a Parade – Especially Burbank Style

By On April 7, 2013

Entertainment took center stage during Saturday’s Burbank on Parade.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The 32nd annual event showcased more than 100 entries that incorporated live music, singing and dancing, in keeping with the theme “Let’s Go to the Movies!”

A swing band and energetic dancers made up the kick-off entry followed by Burbank, Burroughs and Alumni marching units, a Western band and a rock ‘n’ roll group. Grand Marshal Tim Conway Jr., talk radio host of KFI AM 640, brought his production team. Girl Scouts sang camp songs. Star Cars rolled out Herbie, the VW bug from the Disney movie “The Love Bug,” and the licorice red Farrari Tom Selleck drove in “Magnum P.I.”

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

“I believe all the participants are buying into this theme-oriented parade,” said Carey Briggs, president of Burbank on Parade. “You can see different adaptations of the theme and the way the movie industry touches all the people who live or work in Burbank.”

City officials like Mayor Dave Golonski and school district VIPs, led by Superintendent Jan Britz, waved to the more than 10,000 estimated people lining Olive Avenue from Keystone to Lomita streets.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Rita Smith has lived in Burbank for 30 years and has seen about a dozen of the Burbank parades. Her daughter Andrea, who attends Burroughs, loved the Burbank Burroughs Alumni Band and Cheerleading Squad the best.

“And I liked when the airport fire truck shot off their stream of water and all the kids came running from both sides of the street so they could be in the water,” Smith said. “It reminded me of kids in New York City in the middle of summer opening up a fire hydrant and running through it.”

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

But nothing tops the chance to rub shoulders with friends and neighbors, she added.

“It is so much fun because you see people you know and people you work with and socialize with, not only going down the middle of the street but hanging out at the parade as well,” she said

One of the crowd pleasers was the Racer’s Edge Indoor Karting entry where employees drove the electric go karts down the parade route. Kids on the sidewalks couldn’t contain their excitement and came out in the street to get a closer look, said General Manager Bryan Rush.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

“The crowd was great, at one point kids were in the street surrounding us, we couldn’t drive,” he said. “The kids were really excited.”

Mary Culver, a member of the Reel Cowboys, was singing on a float with several other people, who are all involved in the movie business, she said. Culver’s uncle started the movie studios in Culver City more than 100 years ago.

“We were playing ’40s and ’50s Western music from the time of Dale Evans and the crowd absolutely loved it!” she said. “We had people follow us over afterwards and say hello.”

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Francyn Serrano rode on a truck and sang Girl Scout songs with fellow members of Burbank Girl Scout Troop 419.

“It was fun!” she said about riding in the parade. “My favorite part was when we got to wave at the kids and a lot of people waved back!”

New this year was the addition of the food trucks in the parking lot behind Joslyn Adult Center.

“This is an effort in trying to bring back the old celebration in the park after the end of the parade,” Briggs said.

Rich Tamayo of TVP Studios in Burbank has a rebroadcast available of the parade so you can enjoy it again

Enjoy some pictures below or go top our SmugMug site to see all of the parade entries and people!

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