Almost sunset
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The sights and sounds of Santa Monica Pier

Almost sunset
A couple look out from the Santa Monica Pier as sunset approaches. In honor of its centennial, the pier will host a fireworks show Sept. 9, the first over Santa Monica Bay since 1991. (Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times)
Not exactly the threshold
Matt Phuot carries his fiancee, Ida Sweetwater, under the Santa Monica Pier. They are to be married in October and were at the pier to have their engagement photo taken. (Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times)
A veritable thicket
Underneath the Santa Monica Pier. (Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times)
With the greatest of ease
Lanny Markasky, a member of the street dance group Mala Vida, makes a jump during a tumbling performance at the Santa Monica Pier. (Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times)
Traffic jam
Saturday afternoons nearly always draw crowds during the summer. (Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times)
High-five
Albert Hinogosa, 5, meets Manny Guerrero, a member of the Mala Vida street dance group, on the Santa Monica Pier. (Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times)
Wheel of fun
A couple ride the Ferris wheel at the Santa Monica Pier. (Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times)
Sultan of silver
Automatic, the Silver Robot entertains on the pier. (Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times)
Open-air studio
Artist Xiaoyipang makes a portrait of a customer at the Santa Monica Pier. (Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times)
Mother and son
Melissa Ginsburg and her son, Jack, stroll out after a carousel ride. (Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times)
Shimmering sea
A fisherman at the Santa Monica Pier. (Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times)
Seaside
Arturo Devera and Judy Tran take a break from fishing. (Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times)
The plank
A piece of wood juts out over the ocean along the Santa Monica Pier. (Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times)
Underbelly
Waves roll through the pilings under the Santa Monica Pier. (Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times)
Taking a look
The tall pilings and numerous vantage points allow for a variety of views around the pier. (Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times)
Part of the scene
Richard Varela adds his look to the human panorama on the Santa Monica Pier. (Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times)
Plenty of color
The Santa Monica Pier offers an array of attractions. (Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times)
Dancing through the night
John Henry Toy dances to the music of a Thursday evening concert at the Santa Monica Pier. (Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times)
Evening throng
Crowds gather on the pier during summer evenings when concerts and other events are held. (Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times)
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