The Big Parade Los Angeles: May 21-22
posted May 9, 2011 12:10 PM   RSS | iCal | +googleCal

Sat May 21 at 8:00 AM, Angel's Flight Stairway (and funicular)
351 S Hill St, Los Angeles, CA, USA (Map & Directions)
Are you a fan of public stairways and urban hikes? Interested in the history of the city? The Big Parade is a two-day walk through Los Angeles that will start in downtown, at the famous Angel's Flight Stairway, and finish at the Hollywood Sign above Beachwood Canyon. Day One ends - and Day Two begins - at the famous music Music Box Stairs - site of the Oscar-winning Laurel & Hardy film of the same name - in Silverlake. It will take place May 21 and 22, 2011. There’s also going to be a prologue on Friday, May 20, led by Bob Inman, covering the stairways between Eagle Rock and downtown.
Most important: This is a community walk. That means we stay together as a group, and it means that YOU CAN DO IT! Why? Because we break the walk into segments so that walkers of all ages and levels of fitness can join us at specific times (of course, anyone is welcome to meet us at any point along the way - and all are invited to join us at the end to celebrate the walk).

A core group of will be doing the entire event. But - as the name "Big Parade" implies - the true nature of the journey is community-based. In addition to passing dozens of landmarks, we will be joined by community members, both individuals and in groups, as we pass through the city's most diverse neighborhoods. The walk is broken into specific segments.

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* Friday, May 20 - An optional prologue walk, just for fun, 11 miles in NE L.A., led by Bob Inman. Details and meeting place to be announced.

* Saturday, May 21 - The real deal: we start at Angel's Flight Stairway, downtown Los Angeles, at 8AM. We cover about seventeen miles. There will be four mini-loops, ranging between two and seven miles, where participants can join us.

* Sunday, May 22 - More of the real deal: we start at Music Box Stairs, Silverlake, at 8AM. The total route is about 16 miles, ending at the Hollywood Sign. Three mini-loops will be offered

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posted by mandymanwasregistered to Etc (7 comments total)

I should add that the organizer is no stranger to mefi.
posted by mandymanwasregistered at 12:17 PM on May 9, 2011

Hey, I'm a longtime mefi community member…and the organizer of the event.



- If you're in LA and you're in the media, know key bloggers, have lots of friends/followers, we need your help! Publicize!

- And, if you're a musician and want to entertain us at one of our rest stops, we'd love to have you. Just PM me here on mefi!

- dan
posted by soulbarn at 12:37 PM on May 9, 2011

Oh, what I wouldn't give for free weekends again! I'll check with the Sunday companion to see if we want to hike a bit that day. Wish I could do Saturday too. =o/
posted by carsonb at 5:49 PM on May 9, 2011

I won't actually be around that weekend, but I had a lot of fun last year walking 3/4 of Sunday.
posted by mandymanwasregistered at 9:28 PM on May 9, 2011

Keen! I'm intrigued. I'll see if I can make it down there for one of the days.
posted by filthy light thief at 7:35 AM on May 10, 2011

I think I'll be joining in with some friends on Sunday! Most likely for the last part of the hike in the afternoon, in Griffith Park. Mostly because I need the exercise =P
posted by estherbester at 11:54 PM on May 19, 2011

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