BURBANK -- Jeremy Paluska was all set to participate -- until the
"My saxophone broke two days before the parade," said the 15-year-old
Burbank High student. "I'm upset because I was supposed to march with all
Nonetheless, Jeremy joined the crowds along Olive Avenue in support of
The 19th annual Burbank on Parade featured everything from school
marching bands to Mickey Mouse. This year's parade theme was "It's a
Brand New Day! Celebrating Community Spirit." The yearly event is a
tribute to the local businesses and community organizations that help
make Burbank a better place to live.
An estimated 8,000 to 10,000 people attended the parade and about
2,500 more were part of the event itself.
Parade President Sandy Dennis said the people behind the scenes
deserved much of the credit for this year's success.
"We have a list a mile long of things that are donated," Dennis said.
"And we had so many wonderful organizations that entered the parade. It's
great to sit back and watch."
Leading the two-hour procession was Boy Scout Troop 201 displaying the parade's theme banner. City Treasurer Jim Rogers was close behind in a
rumbling 1962 convertible Corvette, courtesy of the Road Kings car club.
Marching musicians from John Muir Middle School performed a medley
including "Louie Louie" while four biplanes from the Condor Squadron
soared overhead in a tight pattern.
State Sen. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank), U.S. Rep. James Rogan (R-Burbank)
and Assemblyman Scott Wildman (D-Burbank) waved greetings to
Glendale resident Stefan Tonazzi, helping out Rogan for Congress, was
handing out free bottles of water to parched parade watchers.
"It's great to see the community come together," said Tonazzi. "We
usually only see it around Christmas, but it's nice to see it in the
middle of the year."
Ida Mary Bidwell called herself a "walking novelty." The Burbank
resident entered the parade solo and displayed a reproduction 1620
Pilgrim costume, which she created herself.
"I've been watching Burbank on Parade for many years and being that I
live here I decided I'd do it for my own city," Bidwell said. "I had a