A Day of Clowns, Parades, and Culture!

Parade goers strike a pose as Maria Delgerto photographs children and adults alike dressed up as clowns for this year’s theme, “Celebrate the Big Top.”

On Saturday, April 10, the City of Burbank was alive with the celebration of its annual “Burbank on Parade” with this year’s theme “Celebrate the Big Top,” and wow, did they! They had over eighty entries, complete with lots of floats, great bands, all of the local dignitaries, city agencies, even a giant emergency yellow fire truck that shot a stream of water over fifty feet in the air! The parade lasted well over an hour and was the most organized and well behaved event I’ve attended in a long time, which showed in the smiles and laughter in the huge crowd in attendance.

An exciting moment in the parade this year was when children from BCR, a Burbank non-profit organization that supports families of children with developmental disabilities, were awarded 1st Prize in the “novelty” category after competing in the parade for three years. Their blend of creativity, enthusiasm, and even farm animals put them above the rest.

BCR representatives Karlee Songstad and Greg Viera ride behind Amanda Songstad through the Burbank parade, with ponies in tow. They would later win first prize.

Hidden behind The Olive Recreation Center in Burbank is a wonderful museum that many local residents and those nearby don’t even realize it’s there. It’s the Gordon R. Howard Museum, and for years I thought it was just the little white house on Olive Ave. But if you go around the park and enter from Clark Avenue, there’s a parking lot next to the playground and you will see the entrance to this fascinating large, two-story museum. Besides going through the museum to see the early history of Burbank, they feature many programs and lectures, most of them are free. On this day, The Burbank Historical Society presented a wonderful slide show and talk about “Pioneer Women of Tujunga” featuring Mary Lou Pozzo as the presenter and speaker of this program. This fascinating woman has a personal history of her own involving librarian, writer and author, and has received so many awards from various organizations such as Woman of the Year by the Business and Professional Women’s Club of Tujunga as well as Los Angeles City and The Gene Autry Museum. Her most recent book is entitled Founding Sisters, and she tells us the history of thirty-eight women who braved the harsh land life and extraordinary challenges they faced in becoming part of the American West and the development of Southern California.

For more information, contact Zinnia Press in Tujunga, California at 818-353-1718, and you may contact Mary Lou Pozzo at rpozzo@ca.rr.com

For more upcoming program and events you my reach The Gordon R. Howard Museum at 818-841-6333.

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