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The 41st Annual Topanga Days Memorial Day Parade Thrilled a Capacity Crowd
June 5, 2014 - By Annemarie Donkin
PHOTO BY BRODY
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, Zevs 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 Norwoods Topanga Hauling with the Red Rock Band and Alex Wrights Do it Wright Painting, celebrating their 41st year in the parade.
At the very end, a huge cheer went up for the crew of Topangas 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.