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Sierra Madre Fourth of July, 2008


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4th of July Parade

Friday, July 4th, 2008

On Friday July 4th, after a flyover of “Vintage Warbirds” (vintage military aircraft including a WWII trainer twin-engine C-45), Sierra Madre Brownies, part of the Mt. Wilson Vista Council, opened the Parade, which featured seventy entries, including this year’s Parade Grand Marshals, the Sierra Madre Fire Department.


Following the Grand Marshals, Sierra Madre Mayor Kurt Zimmerman, Mayor Pro Tem Maryann MacGillivray, and Council members John Buchanan, Joe Mosca and Don Watts represented the City. Next came Citizen of the Year Pete Siberell and Older American Eph Konigsberg.


Congressman David Dreier, State Senator Bob Margett, and County Supervisor Mike Antonovich all participated in the Parade.


Members of the world famous Sierra Madre Search and Rescue Team marched and drove their vehicles down the boulevard.


Representing the Sierra Madre Rose Float Association, which is riding a streak of three consecutive major awards in the Tournament of Roses Parade, were Princess Hanna Storlie, Princess Alexandra Flores, and their Escorts Andrew Pirrone and Timothy Crilly.  This year, for the first time in recent memory, the float was nearly 30 percent complete structurally at the time of the parade, so parade goers were treated to a partial preview of the 2009 entry in the T of R parade.


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About the flyby

Officer John Ford clears the boulevard for the parade

Here it comes, here it's starting!!

Brownies, followed by Pasadena High's JROTC Color Guard

Vintage police vehicles, a 1968 Dodge and 1969 Plymouth led the way

Ted Saraf's 1968 Dodge police car

1939 Dodge "Pearl Harbor Staff Car w/SM VFW Post 3208 Commander Wayne Moreira

More VFW Members

2006 Citizen of the Year and VFW Member Bud Switzer handed out flags along the route

I believe this is a current soldiers entry

Current soldiers with VFW members, including Post 3208 Quarter Master Ted Evans on the right

A banner thanking the Grand Marshals hangs above some paradegoers

Navy League entry

Sierra Madre City College Marching Band (video to come)

Sierra Madre City College float is on the way

Patty Sullivan hydrates as members of SMCC hand out free gas and a "change" we can believe in

SMCC member Mark Kennedy

The Grand Marshall SMVFD

Firefighter Christine Lowe

Firefighter Brent Bartlett

Battalion Chief Mike Bamberger

Ditto, w/fellow Battalion Chief Bob Burnett

Congressman David Dreier

State Senator Bob Margett

Supervisor Mike Antonovich


Citizen of the Year Pete Siberell's wife Marianne brought her dogs with her

Supervisor Mike Antonovich

Citizen of the Year Pete Siberell

Older American of the Year Eph Konigsberg

Assemblyman Anthony Adams didn't make it, but his ride did

Mayor Kurt Zimmerman


From Ted Saraf:  "My car is a 1968 Dodge Coronet Police Special. It is an actual police car and is equipped with the following equipment:  The drive train has a 383 cubic inch engine with a 4 BBL carburetor, police heavy duty bar suspension, factory air conditioning, police radio and growler siren. The siren was found in a storage bin at B and M Siren and was remanufactured to the original specs. The light bar and siren platter was hand made and mounted with TLC by myself, Bud Ireland (a former Pasadena Police Detective and the owner of B and M Siren), and Kevin O’Connell. This vehicle was just like the one that I drove as a rookie Pasadena Police officer in 1968. I have always had the urge to try to get one of these rare cars and restore it to original condition. I found this vehicle on EBAY, flew to Dallas and drove to Quinlan, Texas to see it.  This was a real “barn find” as I pulled it out of a dusty dirty storage car port, wiped off the cob webs, chicken feathers, poured gas into the engine and gas tank and put on a fresh battery. Like most Chrysler MOPAR cars, it started right up after not running for over 7 years. I drove it back to Dallas, then had it shipped to Pasadena, where my friend Mark Galoustian, owner of a 1969 Plymouth LAPD police vehicle, and I stripped it and prepped it for restoration.  During the next 4 months, my vehicle was transformed from a rusty hunk into what it is today, a fully restored Pasadena Police Special Cruiser, fully operational and it will be utilized in many parades and by Pasadena PD.  My wife Janine and I will enjoy our new Historic Police Car. The residents of Sierra Madre will see this car again next year in the 4th of July Parade.

P.S.  The air conditioning worked perfect during this years 4th of July parade which was amazing on this 40 year old car."

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