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Civic Pride Crowns Burbank Senior King and Senior Queen

The Burbank Civic Pride Committee has chosen Stephen J. Marchese and Lee Paysinger to ride in the upcoming Burbank On Parade as the first ever Burbank Senior King and Burbank Senior Queen.

Although the 96-year old Marchese and 81-year old Paysinger may not have met before, the two longtime Burbank residents’ love for the city prompted their selection to be part of the City’s largest parade along Olive Avenue on Saturday, April 23.

The 12-member committee, appointed by City Council to encourage and promote civic involvement and pride in the community, created the contest this year to honor two senior residents who have made an impact in their community.

Stephen Marchese has lived in Burbank since 1959; after an exhaustive search for homes in Sun Valley and Glendale, he visited Burbank and fell in love. Stephen and his wife Rose moved from Batavia, New York and have lived in the same home where they raised four children, ages 74, 72, 65, and 58. Stephen acts as an unofficial Welcome Wagon in his neighborhood, where he knows almost everyone on the block. “When a new family moves in,” Mr. Marchese explained, “I tell them that this is the best move that they will make in their lives.” He looks forward to his debut at Burbank on Parade, where he can continue to encourage pride in our city.

Lee Paysinger was born on an Indian reservation in Oklahoma and at seven years old, moved to Burbank with her family in 1942. Mrs. Paysinger has since made Burbank home; she attended school, worked, and raised a family for the last 74 years. During this time, she has also been influential in improving the lives of Burbank citizens through volunteerism. Her achievements include; founding the Burbank Boys and Girls Club and Burbank on Parade, serving on the Library Board for 24 years, and even running for Burbank City Council. “I’m so honored to win Senior Queen,” said Paysinger, “I didn’t get involved because I thought I’d win something, I did it because I love this community.”

The Burbank Civic Pride Committee received a number of applications for the contest, but the two winners stood out as prime examples of the people who live in Burbank. “The two most worthy people won this contest,” said Rob Vincent, chair of the Civic Pride Committee, “both Stephen and Lee have exhibited the definition of Civic Pride during their many years here and we cannot wait to honor them.”

Mr. Marchese and Mrs. Paysinger will be featured in the April 23rd Burbank on Parade, riding behind the Burbank Civic Pride float. They will also receive recognition at the April 26th City Council meeting.

Organizers Promise 2016 Burbank On Parade to be an Epic Event

A daylong celebration featuring several interactive events for the whole family is planned for Saturday, April 23.

Burbank on Parade 2016Titled “Burbank On Parade and Family Festival” the highlight of the day will be the 35th annual parade, which showcases the theme “Our Heroes”. It begins at 11 a.m. and travels east along Olive Avenue from Keystone to Lomita streets. The parade route will be closed to vehicle traffic at 6 a.m. in preparation for the Burbank Fun Walk/Run at 7:30 a.m. organized by Fleet Feet Sports, to be followed by CicLABurbank — a bicycle ride on the parade route — beginning at 8:30 a.m. and organized by WalkBike Burbank.

Post-parade events from 2 to 4 p.m. include a car show, street dancing to live musical entertainment and over a dozen food trucks on Olive Avenue from Virginia Street to Lomita.

“We’re making it a whole day of family activities” said festival chair Ross Benson. “There will be things to do for all ages from young kids to seniors and music everyone will enjoy.”

In keeping with the healthy lifestyle events, the committee is encouraging people to ride their bikes to the festival, Benson said.

WalkBike Burbank will have a bike valet at the Society Security parking lot so people can park their bike safely while participating in the activities. People riding their bikes in the CyclaBurbank can park their bike at 9:30 and walk back to the Burbank-Burroughs Alumni pancake breakfast continuing from 7 to 11 a.m. in the school district’s parking lot at Olive and Parish.

There will be a whole area set aside for the younger generation called the Kid Zone. Members of WalkBike Burbank will be drawing Hop Scotch squares for kids to play. Those new to cycling can check out the bike maintenance area to learn such techniques as tightening seats and handle bars. There will be souvenir t-shirts available at the festival and one can also buy them on line. Officials with WalkBike Burbank will be handing out bike-related pamphlets.
Elsa, the character from “Frozen”, will be posing for selfies with kids. Mural and portrait artist Randall Williams will be instructing children in the art of chalk drawing on the street.
Burbank Arts for All will have area set aside for activities. Kids will be drawing pictures of their heroes.

The day is also Earth Day so the Burbank Recycle Center will be teaching residents how to compost, and what articles can be recycled in the blue barrels.

Burbank Fire Department’s Muster Club will be bringing its Moreland fire truck built at the Moreland Truck factory in burbank back in the 1920s.

The Social Security Department will have representatives greeting the public at a table and they will be answering questions.

The car show will feature classic cars from individuals and from the Road Kings car club, which will be carrying the VIPs in the parade.

Burbank organizations will have booths set up in Izay Park including Burbank Police Foundation and the Burbank Police Department’s Chief Scott LaChasse and the command staff will be there to answer questions and meet kids and residents.

Local heroes can keep up their stamina by patronizing the food trucks including Mandoline Grill, Monster Tacos, Cousins Main Lobster and Rockin Ice. For a more complete list go to the website BurbankOnParade.com.

Paper Rain will be performing classic rock music on Olive in front of the Starfighter jet monument and people will be dancing in the street.

The main attraction of the day is the parade and this year the committee has chosen the theme of “Celebrating Our Heroes!” Many people who residents admire will be appearing in the parade along with city leaders, celebrities, military veterans, police and fire vehicles, high school bands, organizations and youth groups.

One of the parade entries is the Burbank Cultural Arts Commission, whose mission is to build, collaborate and communicate Burbank as a regional arts center. Commissioners work diligently to support all artists and arts organizations in Burbank through various programs and events.

Equestrian units planning to ride in the parade are the Wells Fargo Stage Coach, Fiesta of the Spanish Horse and the War Horse Foundation.

FLASHBACK FRIDAY: Burbank on Parade

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One of the oldest traditions in Burbank is Burbank’s yearly parade.

The parade showcases Burbank schools People, businesses, celebrities, civic groups and many other things that  make Burbank a great place to Live!

Come out this year on April 23 and have a great time!

Today we take a look at Photos from Past Parades.

Enjoy!

(Pictures are From the 1960’s 50’s & 40’s)

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Burbank On Parade Expands to Daylong Celebration

The Burbank On Parade Committee announced today that for the first time it is expanding to a daylong celebration featuring several interactive events for the whole family on Saturday, April 23.

Burbank on Parade 2016Titled “Burbank On Parade and Family Festival” the highlight of the day will be the 35th annual parade, which showcases the theme “Our Heroes”. It begins at 11 a.m. and travels east along Olive Avenue from Keystone to Lomita streets. The parade route will be closed to vehicle traffic at 6 a.m. in preparation for the Burbank Fun Walk/Run at 7:30 a.m. to be followed by CicLABurbank — a bicycle ride on the parade route — beginning at 8:30 a.m. and organized by WalkBike Burbank.

Post-parade events from 2 to 4 p.m. include a car show, street dancing to live musical entertainment and over a dozen food trucks.

It will be a wholesome, epic event, said parade President Carey Briggs.

“We want to make this day the most robust day in Burbank,” he said. “I’d like to see everybody come out to the parade and not just the parade, it’s going to be an epic day of celebration. We are having more events than we’ve ever had on parade day and we are hoping to showcase Burbank’s volunteers and their heroes.”

Organizers, from left, Carey Briggs, Joanne Lento Miller and Ross Benson plan where the post-parade entertainment will be on Olive Avenue for the Burbank On Parade and Family Festival scheduled on Saturday, April 23. ( Photo courtesy Burbank On Parade)

Organizers, from left, Carey Briggs, Joanne Lento Miller and Ross Benson plan where the post-parade entertainment will be on Olive Avenue for the Burbank On Parade and Family Festival scheduled on Saturday, April 23. ( Photo courtesy Burbank On Parade)

There will be fun things the whole family can do together before the parade, said festival chairman Ross Benson.

“All ages can join in the run/walk as well as the bicycle event,” he said. “With the Chandler Bikeway in town, more families are spending their weekends on two wheels — and when is the last time you got to ride your bike down the center of Olive Avenue?”

After the parade there will be a car show, live music and food trucks.

“We want people to sit back, enjoy good music and enjoy the cars driven in the parade plus other community members showing off their classics,” he said.

A lot of planning is going into this special 35th anniversary year of the parade with activities that will include everyone, said parade chairwoman Joanne Lento Miller.

“The committee is organizing a fun-filled day for the whole family — mom, dad, grandma, grandpa and all the kids,” she said. “We will have something for everyone.”

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.