April 27, 2018

Topanga Days Parade 2016

 

PHOTO BY ANTHONY VEREBES MESSENGER © 2016

Topanga Days Parade 2016

Artist, sculptor and actor Tony Dow, accompanied here with his wife, Lauren, was honored as this year’s Grand Marshall.

The parade was fantastic with more floats and participation than I have ever seen. Tony Dow, accompanied by his wife, Lauren, served as Grand Marshall.

The parade kicked off at 8:33 a.m., and was dedicated to Officer Flores, a 15-year veteran of the West Valley CHP station, who suffered a hit-and-run injury at Topanga Canyon and PCH on May 26. She is doing better and expects to return to work soon.

PHOTO BY ANTHONY VEREBES MESSENGER © 2016

Topanga Days Parade 2016

The Topanga Cub Scout Pack 24 float always honors veterans and later Presented the Colors in a poignant flag ceremony at the Community Club ball field at noon honoring Memorial Day (See related article on pp. 10-11). The troop meets the first Thursday of every month at 6:30 p.m. at the Topanga Community House.

Floats were staging at neighboring properties and four live bands were pulled on trailers or set up on stake-bed trucks. Many musical entries, using amplified equipment, complimented dancing in the street and other movement performances.

Among the bands were Topanga Lumber, a band that has played in the parade for 24 years; and the Red Rock Rockers.

PHOTO BY ANTHONY VEREBES MESSENGER © 2016

Topanga Days Parade 2016

Grand Marshall Tony Dow, with his wife Lauren, head down Topanga Canyon Boulevard for the Memorial Day Parade with kids and bikes in tow.

The band, “About the Harmony,” represented Corazon Performing Arts, the Dome and 131 Topanga’s Darren Reul. The band was set up on a 1930 circus trailer, pulled by a 1948 Ford stake-bed truck with a 1971 GMC Jimmy in the lead.

PHOTO BY ANTHONY VEREBES MESSENGER © 2016

Topanga Days Parade 2016

From left, Cecil and Gidget Zapata with Gina Picciolo express their gratitude to Topanga. After one band bailed on Gidget, she spent Sunday rounding up a generator and a new band. Fortunately, Topanga locals stepped up and played their hearts out—Noel Rhodes on bass; Jon Shea on guitar and backup vocals; Joel Saslow on drums; Gregory Alan Amore, percussion; Steve Davies, keyboard; and Gordon Mahlon, lead vocalist. The Grateful Dead never sounded so good.

Hillbillyhip and its band of locals played their hearts out with Grateful Dead songs on the float, themed “Grateful for Topanga.”

Blowing bubbles, proprietor Gidget Zapata created the float out of love for Topanga and to give thanks to the community who supported her during her ordeal with cancer last year.

PARADE FLOAT WINNERS

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Topanga Days Parade 2016

The Move the World Float won Most Enthusiastically Environmental, with their campaign to outlaw single-use plastic bags.

Most Enthusiastically Environmenta
l—”Move the World” with Cecilie Stuart leading.

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Topanga Days Parade 2016

Natalia Evans, owner of Topanga Art Imaginarium, models one of the paper flowers decorating the float that won for most Colorfully Artistic.

Most Colorfully Artistic—Topanga Art Imaginarium led by Natalia Evans ­.

Most Out of this World—Alien Watch with Captain Jeff Epilito.

The Oldest Car—Topanga Chamber of Commerce in a 1938 Buick that sports a rumble seat and three spare tires!

Best Clean-up Caboose—Topanga Watershed under direction of Bill Carrier.

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Topanga Days Parade 2016

TCC Sports was a big hit with their theme: Game of Throw-Ins.

Other great entries included TCC Sports, Manzanita School, City Hearts, Free the Horses (Leslie Carlson), Blackberry Farms/Kelly Gulch (Sally and Allan Young),

PHOTO BY ANTHONY VEREBES MESSENGER © 2016

Topanga Days Parade 2016

The Topanga Peace Alliance is always a big hit with their message of peace and love for all mankind.

Topanga Peace Alliance, Free Artists Creative Equestrian (FACE), with Devon Maitozo, a National Champion in equestrian gymnastics demonstrating, Adopt a Basset (Arthur and Max Nissman with Hunter) and just about every motorcycle, bicycle, roller derby and wagon that canyon denizens could think of to bring to Pine Tree Circle.

PHOTO BY ANTHONY VEREBES MESSENGER © 2016

Topanga Days Parade 2016

As always, the green tall bike guy is a big hit at the parade!

The parade lasted for more than two hours and ended just in time for the start of Topanga Days. Spectators along the route were enthusiastic, cheering and supporting the floats.

Special thanks to Leslie and Steve Carlson at Topanga Homegrown for hosting the parade at Pine Tree Circle; to David Thompson for clearing up at the end of the parade; and to the CHP for securing the streets.

Thanks also to Fred Rappaport and Eddie Gutierrez of Malibu Patrol for their support and execution of the parade lineup. See you next year!