LAs largest, longest running and most anticipated Bohemian festival, Topanga Days Country Fair, returns this Memorial Day Weekend with live music, gourmet, organic and down-home food and beverages from local vendors, arts and crafts and fun family activities, and its eccentric, exciting, community-driven historic Memorial Day Parade.
The rich traditions of Topanga Days were founded more than 40 years ago. They are alive and felt throughout the festival, said Mimi Williams, Festival Director. We look forward to the next 40 years where music and art can be enjoyed by everyone.
THE TOPANGA MEMORIAL DAY PARADE
One of the most festive, historic and bohemian parades in Los Angeles will start Monday, May 27, at 8:30 a.m., along Topanga Canyon Boulevard. This year Zev Yaroslavsky, our local County Supervisor for District 3, will be our Grand Marshall in the Parade. Topangas own Susan Nissman, Senior Deputy to the Supervisor, will be his driver.
Parade coordinator Scott Wagenseller shares some of its history and what's happening in the 2014 parade:
Memorial Day dates back to 1868 following the Civil War. Many states have claimed to be the original creators of Decoration Day, as it was known back then, but in 1966, President Lyndon Johnson gave credit to New York as the founders of the holiday that we know now as Memorial Day. We here in Topanga Canyon have recognized the significance of this day with a parade of decoration and solemn celebration to express our appreciation for the 1.8 million military members who have given their life in defense of this country. We celebrate all weekend long and top the celebration with a parade on Memorial Day that has no equal.
Our parade is unique in that we are the caretakers of a special community party that celebrates the diversity of our individual lives in a cohesive and seamless stream of expressions of our businesses, organizations, schools, households, individuals and community. We loudly proclaim our enduring appreciation for the ability to celebrate because of those brave men and women who gave their lives so that we can live free.
On Memorial Day, Topangans will pull out their best decorations, most creative visions and loudest ideas to participate in the 41st Topanga Memorial Day Parade! We have had so many families, dogs, kids, horses and motorized vehicles, the parade becomes a cacophony of singing, dancing and prancing that no other community could possibly match in character, charm and charisma. It is truly Topanga, and a sincere sign of remembrance and respect for those veterans who have fallen in battle.
A flag-raising ceremony commemorating those who have served will take place on the main stage following the parade to kick off the final day of the Topanga Days Country Fair celebration.
THIRD ANNUAL PUP PARADE"LAST BAD DAY"
This year, Sarah Sutton's Topanga-based dog rescue features puppies and surrendered dogs that she and her crew rescued from local shelters. Watch them strut their stuff in the parade and help them find their "forever homes." Says Sarah, "All of our happy rescues can truly say they have had their last bad day."
If you would like to help in this year-round rescue effort, you are invited to foster dogs as they are spayed, neutered until they find a permanent home. Donations of supplies are also welcome. For more information: (310) 463-0311.
GAMES FOR ALL
Kids Zone, 11a.m.-5 p.m., dailyA complete kids zone will be available throughout the weekend. Kids and families will enjoy Face painting; Spill the Milk; Goldfish bowl toss (animal friendly a new take on an old favorite); Lucky Duck; Make-a-bracelet; Tattoos; Treasure Dig; Bouncies; Rock Wall.
Games for Big KidsInclude the Horseshoe League play-off, sack race, egg toss, watermelon seed spitting contest, bucket fill and the famous pie-eating contest.
The 41st Annual Topanga Days Country Fair takes place Saturday-Monday, May 24-26, at the Topanga Community House, 1440 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga, CA 90290, halfway between Ventura Blvd and PCH. Fair hours are from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. daily. Free shuttle service is available along Topanga Canyon Blvd. Check the website for official stops.
General admission: $25; TCC Members & Military, $15; Children 6-12 & Seniors, $15; Children 5 and under admitted free. Military enter free on Monday. For more informationTopanga Days: topangadays.com; Topanga Community Club: topangacommunityclub.com.
About the Topanga Community ClubThe TCC is a community-oriented, non-profit, volunteer organization dedicated to protect, maintain, upgrade and enhance the Community House and the grounds entrusted to its care. The TCC is dedicated to serving the community of Topanga by providing access and support for philanthropic, educational and community activities and services.
Music on two stages will start at 11 a.m. each day with main stage performances by Venice (as seen on NBC-TVs The Voice); Royal Southern Brotherhood; The Jerry Garcia Band, featuring Melvin Seals; Lukas Nelson & P.O.T.R.; and much more exciting music from myriad local bands.