Bonus- The Big Parade- a stair hike through Urban Los Angeles
Since this is not in Glendale or even next door to Glendale, we will call this a bonus “to do”, Chilluns.
What is the “Big Parade”? Here is what the organizers say:
The Big Parade is a two-day walk through Los Angeles that will start in downtown, at the famous Angel’s Flight Stairway, and finish with six stairways leading up from Beachwood Canyon to the Hollywood Sign. The walk will cover approximately 35 miles and 101 stairways, and will include a camp-out at the mid-point, the famous Music Box Stairs – site of the Oscar-winning Laurel & Hardy film of the same name – in Silverlake. It will take place June 12 and 13th, 2010.
There’s also going to be a prologue on Friday, June 11, led by Bob Inman, covering the stairways between Eagle Rock and downtown.
This is a community walk. That means we stay together as a group, and it means that YOU CAN DO IT! Why? Because we break the walk into segments so that walkers of all ages and levels of fitness can join us at specific times (of course, anyone is welcome to meet us at any point along the way – and all are invited to join us at the end to celebrate the walk.)
A core group of will be doing the entire event. But – as the name “Big Parade” implies – the true nature of the journey is community-based. In addition to passing dozens of landmarks, we will be joined by community members, both individuals and in groups, as we pass through the city’s most diverse neighborhoods. The walk is broken into specific segments.
Among the other features of the walk will be:
– A “backcountry” bushwhack along a secret dirt road between Silverlake and Echo Park.
– A cross-country segment that runs through Griffith Park.
– Landmarks that are famous, not-so-famous, infamous, and just-plain-weird (over thirty of them, mapped and ready for viewing)
– A marching band.
– Visits with community groups and local organizations.
– AND OTHER SURPRISES!
Sadly, I can not join in all the fun- but doesn’t this sound like a blast? My friend and I did the first leg on our own a couple of months ago and we discovered things that surprised and delighted us at every turn. I highly recomend this