Burbank on Parade will soon be marching down city streets, but
organizers are still looking for participants.
The parade is April 26, and any individual or group wishing to
participate must apply by March 21.
Plans for the 22nd annual parade include lots of music, which
complements this year’s theme, “Music Makes the World Go Round.” The
parade begins at 11 a.m. at Olive Avenue at Keystone Street and
travels to George Izay Park, where it will culminate in a special
Parade President Sally Hooper said it is too soon to list all the
participating bands, but adds that, this year, spectators are in for
a special treat, when an award-winning, out-of-state high school band
marches in the procession for the first time.
“The parade is open to any community or civic group. We have
always had the Boy Scouts and Girls Scouts and other youth groups,
equestrian units and bands from all over the state,” Hooper said.
Floats are built by each group, and decorated with bales of hay
from the Equestrian Center on flatbeds donated by Terry Lumber,
“We don’t try to be the Rose Parade or the [Hollywood] Christmas
Parade,” she said.
Past President Sandy Dennis and several friends started Burbank on
Parade 22 years ago after the parade’s absence for more than two
decades. Originally part of a weeklong celebration, the parade first
began in 1947 and was held annually until 1957, Dennis said.
Its original route started on San Fernando Boulevard near what is
now the Media City Center, Dennis said.
“I can remember sitting on Main Street watching the horses go up
the street to [the start of the parade] on San Fernando Road,” Dennis
said. “That brings memories back.”
For a parade entry application, call 768-0895.