Revived parade celebrates Burbank

first_imgBURBANK – After a year off, Burbank on Parade returns Saturday, with thousands expected to check out classic cars and enjoy food and music along Olive Avenue. “We really expect this to be a very special event this year,” said Renee Hoenig, co-chair of publicity for the event. “We are really excited.” Residents can watch as decades-old cars and fire engines roll up the street, with athletes from Burbank schools waving and riding along to this year’s theme of “For the Love of the Game.” Rob Fukuzaki, a sports anchor at KABC (Channel 7), is the grand marshal, and Olympic pole vaulter Ron Morris, who won a silver medal in 1960, is expected to participate. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventThe parade was canceled last year after organizers were unable to gather the 100 volunteers needed to get the parade entries together. From 1947-57, Burbank had an annual parade organized by the city’s Junior Chamber of Commerce. It was revived in 1982, and its organizers have been involved since then. But many are in their 60s and don’t have as much energy, Hoenig said. “It is a lot of work,” she said. “I think people just needed rest. This year people are raring to go.” The landmark parade, which has been a staple of Burbank for years, has drawn 150 entries, up to 20,000 spectators and big names such as comedian George Lopez, 2004’s grand marshal. The city and local businesses provided the $26,000 for the parade this year, a boost from previous years, which usually averaged about $13,000. The increase came from money saved up from the cancelation of last year’s event, Hoenig said. “It’s the only parade that takes place in Burbank, Burbank’s own,” said Michael McManus, spokesman for the City of Burbank. “People come from all over the state to participate. It’s a fun, great, community-spirit building thing.” [email protected] (818) 546-3306 ——— IF YOU GO: Burbank On Parade is Saturday at 11 a.m. The parade starts on Olive Avenue at Keystone Street and ends at Lomita Street. From 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., there will be a craft fair, car display and music at George Izay Park on Olive at Lomita.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img