October 23, 2014

The 41st Annual Topanga Days’ Memorial Day Parade Thrilled a Capacity Crowd

 

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The 41st Annual Topanga Days’ Memorial Day Parade Thrilled a Capacity Crowd

Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, who was the Grand Marshall of the Topanga Memorial Day Parade, waves to the crowd while sitting next to his wife, Barbara. Zev’s Senior Deputy Susan Nissman drove the bright red Mustang convertible while Mark Nygard, president of the Topanga Community Club, rode shotgun.

It was still very early on Memorial Day and yet all sorts of folks in costume, kids on bikes, people with dogs, horses and that guy on the really tall bicycle were already lining up for the start of the glorious 41st Annual Topanga Days Parade, the much beloved annual celebration of all things in the Canyon that can walk, trot, skate, ride or roll down the Boulevard from Pine Tree Circle to the Community House.

PHOTO BY ANTHONY VEREBES MESSENGER © 2014

The 41st Annual Topanga Days’ Memorial Day Parade Thrilled a Capacity Crowd

Dianne Porchia vamps on the Topanga Chamber of Commerce float.

The parade itself harkens back to its roots during the heady, hippie-dippy days of 1973 with the community proudly showing off a motley crew of trucks, cars, fire trucks, dogs, bikes, skates, folks on horseback, motorcycles and anything on foot to celebrate the true spirit of the Canyon. And candy! There was plenty of candy being thrown from the floats, much to the squealing delight of the kids who ran out to collect it all.

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The 41st Annual Topanga Days’ Memorial Day Parade Thrilled a Capacity Crowd

The San Fernando Valley Maul Rats roller derby team made a stunning appearance at the big parade.

Impressive individually or as a formidable group, the San Fernando Valley “Maul Rats” roller derby team made a splashy debut in the parade.

Debra and Adam Silbar dressed up as “Candy Faeries,” and Dianne Porchia vamped on a big brass bed as she glided down the street on Topanga’s Chamber of Commerce float.

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The 41st Annual Topanga Days’ Memorial Day Parade Thrilled a Capacity Crowd

Yes, it's that bike guy at the Topanga Days Parade!

As the parade was just ready to launch, who else but the fabulous blonde Heidi Staun came roaring up to Pine Tree Circle in a classic, jade green Jaguar convertible with a goat, dubbed “Glitter,” riding in the back seat.

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The 41st Annual Topanga Days’ Memorial Day Parade Thrilled a Capacity Crowd

Topanga Cub Scout Troop 24 filled up a five-ton military M-923 cargo truck graciously loaned to the cause by their Tiger Den leader CJ McDonald.

At the staging area, Topanga Cub Scout Troop 24 filled up a five-ton military M-923 cargo truck graciously loaned to the cause by their Tiger Den leader CJ McDonald. They honored the 745 California war dead from Iraq and Afghanistan between 2001-2014.

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The 41st Annual Topanga Days’ Memorial Day Parade Thrilled a Capacity Crowd

Topanga Cub Scout Troop 24 filled up a five-ton military M-923 cargo truck graciously loaned to the cause by their Tiger Den leader CJ McDonald.

The cubs were heading to the Memorial Day Flag Raising ceremony at noon at the TCC’s ball field

Following the cubs, the disciplined students of Topanga Martial Arts filled up two trucks and performed a spectacular demo in front of the Topanga library.

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The 41st Annual Topanga Days’ Memorial Day Parade Thrilled a Capacity Crowd

Members of the Topanga Peace Alliance on their colorful float send a serious and heartfelt message to the public at large.

After adorning their vans and an open stakebed truck with political posters and messages, Topanga Peace Alliance members climbed onto the truck and “peacefully” showered spectators with more candy.

Waving to the crowd from the back of a huge Progressive Democrats of the Santa Monica Mountains truck were candidates Ted Lieu, who is running for Congress in the 33rd District, and Derek Cressman, candidate for California Secretary of State. The PDSMM has also officially endorsed Sheila Kuehl as County Supervisor in the June 3 primary.

Appropriately enough, in one of his final official acts, Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky came rolling down the street in a bright red Mustang convertible as the official Grand Marshall of the Topanga Days Parade, with his wife, Barbara, at his side.

Susan Nissman, Zev’s senior deputy, drove the car while Mark Nygard, president of the Topanga Community Club, rode shotgun.

Credit must also go to all-time parade stalwarts, Vicki and Peter Norwood’s Topanga Hauling with the Red Rock Band and Alex Wright’s Do it Wright Painting, celebrating their 41st year in the parade.

At the very end, a huge cheer went up for the crew of Topanga’s own Engine 69, who are the heroes of the Canyon every day of the year!

“Another great parade with many regular participants and new creative entries,” said Scott D. Wagenseller, Chief Executive Officer Malibu Patrol via e-mail. “We all have something to contribute to make our world that much richer.”

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The 41st Annual Topanga Days’ Memorial Day Parade Thrilled a Capacity Crowd

Hunter the Basset Houd hangs out in his dad Arthur Nissman's jeep during the Topanga Days Parade.

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The 41st Annual Topanga Days’ Memorial Day Parade Thrilled a Capacity Crowd

A cute baby helms the "How the West Was Fun" float in the parade.

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The 41st Annual Topanga Days’ Memorial Day Parade Thrilled a Capacity Crowd

Genuine Topanga Faeries at the big Parade.

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The 41st Annual Topanga Days’ Memorial Day Parade Thrilled a Capacity Crowd

Gidget and Cecil Zapata of hillbillyhip said, “Everybody loves a fair!” Indeed.

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The 41st Annual Topanga Days’ Memorial Day Parade Thrilled a Capacity Crowd

Kids getting ready for the parade on the Imaginarium float.