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Sierra Madre Fourth of July, 2002
2002 Grand Marshal: Bob Quarnstrom, of Howie's Market


4th of July Committee Press Releases

Photo Archives 2001

Photo Archives 2000

Photo Archives 1999

 Press Release from the 4th of July Committee re: Schedule of This Year's Events

Sierra Madre City College Marching Band Video, playing the Mickey Mouse song, from the year 2000 parade


thumb The Fourth of July in Sierra Madre is a very big deal. They say "Half the town marches in the parade, the other half is watching." People come from all over the southland for the festivities, and when the 4th falls on a weekend, it's eeeextry goooood.  Concerts in the park, movies in the park, antique calliope shows, food and beverage booths in the park (including the traditional beerTShirt2k2.jpg (155956 bytes) garden featuring Sierra Madre Brewery beers) and so much more. Make your plans to join us this year. But celebrations don't come without a lot of hard work. Kudos to the 4th of July committee, most of whom have been with the Committee since its inception and have guided it to its current heights.

If you'd like to apply to be in the parade, click here. Then print the application, fill it out, and send it to the address that's on the application.
  Late entries (after June 8) will not be printed in the programs.



Wednesday Evening, July 3rd:
"Pre-Parade Party" featuring a 3-hour concert by Papa Doo Run Run playing the best music of the Beach Boys. The Lampreys, an instrumental surf guitar band from Lancaster, CA will perform from 6 to 7 pm, then Papa Doo Run run will perform their hits and the best hits of the Beach Boys. There will be food booths, and the beer garden will be open.  See below for more on Papa Doo Run Run, including a chance to preview their music.   

Thursday, July 4th
Open house a the Woman's Club, 8 am.  550 W. Sierra Madre Blvd.

10:00 AM 4th of July Parade on Sierra Madre Blvd., from Sunnyside east to Rancho Road
Post Parade: Community Picnic in Memorial Park, with Civic Club lawn games at noon (water balloon tossing, bubble gum blowing contests, sack race, etc.). The Nightblooming Jazzmen will perform great Dixieland music from noon until 4 pm. That evening at 9 pm, there will be a Movie in the Park. The featured film will be Monsters, Inc.

Saturday, July 6th
There will be a band organ rally in Memorial Park, featuring antique organs, calliopes and music boxes.

Here are some links to specific 4th of July Committee press releases and information about this year's festivities and downloadable audio files from this year's headliner:


6/24/02 - T-shirts


6/24/02 - Press release re: Monsters, Inc. showing July 4th

6/16/02 - Press release re: one of a kind vintage staff car to lead off parade

thumb 6/10/02 - Press Release re: Papa Doo Run Run and Lamprey to provide entertainment July 3rd

Download Papa Doo Run Run performing Sloop John B or Fun, Fun, Fun, in Real Audio or MP3. If you don't have the player, click on the button below to download the player you need.  I have not checked the Real Audio download, as I do not have Real Audio, so please let me know if you experience any problems.  I know the MP3 works fine.

Sloop John B - Real Audio       Sloop John B - MP3

Fun Fun Fun - Real Audio        Fun Fun Fun - MP3

For more on Papa Doo Run Run, including dozens more downloadable song files, go to

To download players, click on the button


6/5/02 - Press Release re: 2002 T-shirts available June 8

5/14/02 Press release re: Info also available by phone

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