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Burbank On Parade Committee Asks the Community to Vote on Theme for Next Year’s Parade

The Burbank On Parade committee has announced that the next parade will be held on Saturday, April 23, 2016.BOP 2015 Parade RB roll

Now that it has selected three possible themes, the committee is asking the community to weigh in on the decision by voting on the Burbank On Parade Facebook page: Burbank On Parade Facebook Page

The three choices are- Burbank On Parade presents: My Super Heroes; Burbank On Parade presents: Aloha Burbank; and Burbank On Parade presents: Back To The ’50s.

The committee asks that one vote be cast per person and keep in mind the best theme is one that can be easily depicted when decorating floats and other novelty entries. The voting deadline is July 10.BOP 2015 Parade MB 2 roll

Prospective members are welcome to attend planning meetings at 6:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday of the month at the Burbank Historical Society Museum, next door to the Creative Arts Center in Izay Park.

Burbank On Parade Announces Gerald McRaney Grand Marshal

Actor Gerald McRaney of TV’s “Deadwood”, “Simon and Simon” and “Gunsmoke” will lead the 34th annual Burbank On Parade set for 11 a.m. Saturday, April 25. The parade travels east along Olive Avenue from Keystone to Lomita streets.

In keeping with this year’s theme “Burbank — City of the Wild Wild West”, entries include the Wells Fargo Stage Coach, equestrian riders and TV stars including former Mouseketeer Johnny Crawford who also played Mark McCain in the Western TV series “The Rifleman” from 1958 to ’63. He’ll be doing rope trips on horseback.

Food trucks will be in the Izay Park parking lot at Griffith Park Drive and Clark Avenue, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. There will be an awards ceremony in the same location immediately after the parade ends at 1 p.m. Westernmusic and line dance instruction will follow the awards presentation.

“We will be celebrating the community as always,” said parade President Carey Briggs. “Burbank On Parade is the celebration of the community of Burbank and all the different things that make Burbank a special place to live.”

Local dignitaries appearing in the parade include Burbank Mayor David Gordon and the City Council members, Congressman Adam Schiff, school board members and airport and library commissioners. Local veterans will be waving from military vehicles. Members of the Burbank Historical Society will be riding in an antique bus that was built 1922 at the Moreland Motor Truck Co. in Burbank. High school bands and drill teams will perform down the parade route. Girl Scouts troops will be aboard a huge truck decorated in the Western theme.

“What makes it fun for me is to go through all the hard work and then go down the parade route and see what I call little Bobby,” Briggs said. “He is the little brother of the Girl Scout who had to be there with her troop by 9:30to be in the parade and he got dragged along. But by the end of the parade, he’s got the biggest smile and that’s what gives me joy volunteering on the parade.”

It will be fun to see how longtime parade participants Dave and Diana Hoch decorate their antique horse-drawn carriage for the parade, said Linda Barnes, equestrian co-chair of the parade. Councilwoman Emily Gabel-Luddy, the couple’s neighbor, will be riding in the carriage.

“As the parade carries a western theme this year, we can’t wait to see what wonderful goodies the Hochs dig out of the massive treasure chest to decorate themselves and their carriage,” Barnes said. “It’s always a wonderful entry in our parade.”

A huge hit with the children is the Burbank Bob Hope Airport Fire Department’s Aircraft Rescue Firefighting Vehicle, returning to the parade for the 10th year, said Lucy Burghdorf, the airport’s manager of public relations and government affairs. When it shoots water 50 to 75 feet into the air, the children love to run under the spray.

The Burbank Tournament of Roses Assn. has repurposed characters from the 2015 Rose Float and integrated them on a smaller float for this year’s Burbank On Parade. It is sure to be a surprise worth waiting for as it is the final entry of the parade.

Burbank On Parade is a nonprofit 501 (c)(4) organization run entirely by volunteers. This annual celebration of Burbank would not be possible without the generous support of the City of Burbank, businesses and residents. For more information, visit burbankonparade.com.

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Burbank on Parade Poker Night Coming

Burbank On Parade is having its first Texas Hold’Em Poker Tournament fundraiser from 6 to 11 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 8, at the Burbank Elks Club to support the annual April event.

( Photo by Ross A. Benson)

( Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The poker night is the major fundraiser for the parade, said President Carey Briggs.

“The purpose of the event is to raise funds and awareness for Burbank On Parade,” he said.

The annual parade is April 25 and the theme is “Burbank — City of the Wild, Wild West!”

A poker tournament fits right in with the Western theme, Briggs added.

There will be a silent auction with such prizes as an African safari and sports and entertainment memorabilia and drawings for gift baskets.

A major prize is round-trip tickets for two donated by JetBlue Airways, said Joanne Lento Miller, parade chairwoman.

“We are eagerly looking forward to this special event,” she said. “It is a new and extremely unique way for us to raise funds to produce our annual Burbank On Parade. We will be offering some fabulous prizes and opportunity baskets. The most exciting prize is JetBlue tickets valid for travel anywhere in the United States.”

The Elks will be grilling up hamburgers and hotdogs and there will be a no-host bar.

“If guests attend wearing a cowboy hat, they will receive a parade souvenir button,” Briggs said.

The buy-in to play is $75. To pre-register contact Cynde Bost at cyndebost@gmail.com or (818) 572-5273. Those who don’t play poker will be admitted free and can bid on the silent auction items and purchase drawing tickets as well as purchase food prepared by the Elks.

Volunteers are needed to help organize the parade. The next general meeting is at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 11, at the Burbank Historical Society Museum in Izay Park next door to the Creative Arts Center.

Parade Organizers Announce Theme of “BURBANK: City of the Wild Wild West!”

Participants will be riding high on their horses when Burbank On Parade comes to town on April 25.

( Photo by Ross A. Benson)

( Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Parade officials, dressed in their signature red T-shirts along with cowboy hats and boots, moseyed into the Council Chambers to support President Carey Briggs who announced the theme “BURBANK: City of the Wild Wild West!” from the podium during the council meeting on Tuesday night.

Briggs also announced the first of many fundraisers the group has planned. A Texas Hold’em Poker Tournament will be on Saturday, Nov. 8, at the Burbank Elks Lodge. Sign-in begins at 6 p.m. followed by play at 7.

The parade committee implemented social media to choose the theme, Briggs said. The committee came up with three ideas and placed them on its web site and Facebook page and the Western title lassoed the most votes.

( Photo by Ross A. Benson)

( Photo by Ross A. Benson)

“The Texas Hold-em fundraiser — it kind of goes with the Western theme,” Briggs said. “We are hoping this theme is easy to represent by all the groups that participate this year.”

Volunteers are needed to help plan the parade and especially on parade day, Briggs said.

“We meet once a month in planning and implementation,” he said. “We’d really like to reach out and have more people join in this big community event.”

( Photo by Ross A. Benson)

( Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Committee member Wayne Poirer is working on the graphics for advertising for the parade.

“The Western theme is a great theme and I’m getting a lot of good ideas from other committee members and implementing those into the artwork. I think we’ve got it nailed this year. We are going to have everything out early and I’m really enjoying the process.”

Each council member received a cowboy hat and souvenir parade button.

( Photo by Ross A. Benson)

( Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The annual event features bands, drill teams, city officials, dignitaries and equestrian units. It travels east along Olive Avenue from Keystone to Lomita streets.

Burbank On Parade ‘City of the Future’ Entertained Thousands

This year’s Burbank On Parade had perfect weather for a parade and the thousands that lined Olive Avenue to enjoy it. Pictured are some views from Photographer Ross A. Benson.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

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(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)




Rebecca Mieliwocki Named Grand Marshal of Burbank on Parade

Rebecca Mieliwocki

Rebecca Mieliwocki

Burbank on Parade has announced that Rebecca Mieliwocki, who was named 2012 National Teacher of the Year, has been selected as the Grand Marshall for the parade that is slated for later this month.

“Burbank, City of the Future” is the theme for this year’s parade that is scheduled for April 26 at 11:00 am.  The parade will travel down Olive from Keystone to Lomita.

According to parade officials, Congressman Adam Schiff and Burbank Mayor Emily Gabel-Luddy are also scheduled to appear as well as floats built by the Burbank Tournament of Roses, Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts.

Food Trucks will also be set up at the Food Court in the Joslyn Adult Center parking lot.

Music Legend Phil Everly Dies Here in Burbank At 74

Music legend Phil Everly passed away yesterday of C.O.P.D. at Saint Joseph Medical Center.

Everly, the tenor of the singing duo, appeared in the 2011 Burbank On Parade, where he enjoyed waving to hundreds of fans along the 2 mile parade route. He was driven in the classic 1957 Chevy owned by Rich Radd, and driven by Radd’s son Richie.

Phil Everly of the Everly Brothers appeared in the 2011 Burbank On Parade with family members, driven by Richie Radd in his dad's classic 1957 Chevy. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Phil Everly of the Everly Brothers appeared in the 2011 Burbank On Parade with family members, driven by Richie Radd in his dad’s classic 1957 Chevy. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The Everly Brothers had 35 Billboard Top 100 Singles. Back in the day, they were recognized by almost every musician known.

Throughout the 1950s, the Everly Brothers used Gibson J-200 guitars, some with dual white pickguards. In 1962, Gibson Guitar Corporation collaborated with the brothers to produce the Gibson Everly Brothers Flattop a signature acoustic guitar.

Phil Everly was involved with his own musical instrument accessories company. Everly Music Company, located here in Burbank, produces products designed by Phil and Jason Everly, Phil’s eldest son, for guitar and bass.

Funeral arrangements are pending.




Burbank on Parade Sets Date and Times for 2014

Participants of the 2014 Burbank on Parade will have a variety of options for decorating floats and other entries with the theme “Burbank — The City of the Future”.

The parade committee decided on a theme and the date for the parade –April 26 — when the group met Tuesday evening at the Burbank Museum, said President Carey Briggs.

“This year’s theme incorporates all the great aspects of our community with a view towards the future,” Briggs said. “Our friends in the entertainment industry, small businesses, Burbank Water and Power, Burbank Bob Hope Airport, the schools and service clubs are going to have fun depicting this theme while making this a great day for our community.”

Volunteers are needed to help organize the event, which begins at 11 a.m. and travels east along Olive Avenue from Keystone Street to Lomita. For information on the next meeting, visit www.burbankonparade.com.

Entries featured will be high school and independent marching bands, floats, equestrian units, classic vehicles, celebrities and a grand marshal.

Burbank on Parade Wants You to Help

Dear Burbank Community,

The Burbank on Parade Committee is in need of your support. The City Council will be discussing next year’s budget and deciding what to cut from the Parks and Recreation budget during next week’s council meeting.

In a letter received by the Parade Committee, it was stated that the City Council is considering eliminating the $10,900 it allotted for the 2013 parade. If this decision is made, it will cast an additional burden on the Parade Committee. The chances are great that if the Parade Committee does not receive the $10,900, which it needs to supply Burbank Police security during the parade, the committee will not be able to raise funds to offset this cost and the parade will be cancelled.

The Parade Committee struggled to meet the cost of the city-imposed barricades which totaled approximately $17,000, an additional expense that was a hardship for a nonprofit organization to raise.

That is why we look to you for support. We need members of the community — residents who love to attend the parade and those who appear in the parade, from organizations like Boy Scouts, YMCA members, Girl Scouts and businesses — to come to the City Council meeting on Tuesday night and voice the need to keep the parade alive. If you can’t make it to the meeting, please email City Council members to continue supporting the parade by allotting funds through the city budget.

Carey Briggs
Burbank on Parade President

Everyone Loves a Parade – Especially Burbank Style

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!