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Sierra Madre Fourth of July, 2009

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The spread at the Woman's Club Open House

Same spread, different angle, add a couple of the ladies of the club

Early morning arrival on Sunnyside

One of the Horseless Carriage entries

And another

One of the Honda Club entries

Troop 110 helped out directing traffic, parade participants

Local non-scouts volunteered their time, too,

Kids paint as they wait for the start of the parade at a party on Sunnyside

4th of July Committee member Sue Levoe with Committee Chairman Dr. Matt Bosse and Susan Clifton, City Liaison to the Committee

The military starts to arrive

Sierra Madre Rose Float Association float arrives

with volunteers in tow to sell roses as a fundraiser

Older American of the Year Ken Anhalt with wife Shirley

Patriotic songs were sung as part of the Open House

Bud Switzer (back to camera), Marylou Caldwell, Phyllis Chapman, Gordon Caldwell

Gordon Caldwell (USS Saratoga) talks with fellow WWII vet Ken Anhalt (tailgunner)

Jan O'Day mans the OJ pitcher

Phyllis Chapman with Council Member Kurt Zimmerman and his kids

Grand Marshal Midge Morash arrives with her two daughters

More singing

and more still

Former Older American Midge Morash chats with Council Member John Buchanan as current Older American Ken Anhalt looks on

Sierra Madre City College band warms up for their 25th anniversary performance

Gordon Caldwell poses with his first great-grandson and other members of the VFW

More of the classic cars arrived on Sunnyside

The street is now humming with activity

Joe Echevarria and Glenn Lambdin warm up their instruments

The Village Idiots band - plays only once a year - our parade

The Chamber of Commerce entry in the parade

The Shriner's mini-cars arrive


Mayor Maryann MacGillivray, husband Duncan and their daughters with Council Member Don Watts (back to the camera)

Assemblyman Anthony Adams pets a dog that looks like it could use a saddle

Kids and SMEAC came out to support Grand Marshal Morash

Sunnyside is filling up as the parade gets closer

Sierra Madre City College was celebrating 31 years of "Schooling" Sierra Madre

A shot of Sunnyside from inside the Woman's Club, through the southwest window

SMPD Chief Marilyn Diaz

Council Member Don Watts

Council Member Kurt Zimmerman and daughter

Alice Wesley with some of the kids in the SMEAC entry

Council Member John Buchanan and wife Teri

Sierra Madre City College members

VFW Post 3208 member Bud Switzer

State Senator Bob Huff and his representative, David Monroy

I know Mary Kay Gifford, second from left and Phyllis Chapman, next to Mary Kay in the center, don't know the others

Members of the VFW Post 3208 get ready for the start of the parade

SMVFD heading up to the waiting area

Colorfully dressed paradegoer

Four historic planes framed by palm trees during first pre-parade flyover

Second flyover

Rescue helicopter flyover

Superman times four

Please support Sierra Madre's 4th of July activities with a generous donation! 

Mail to: PO Box 1073, Sierra Madre, CA 91025-1073.


thumbThe 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 beer garden run by the Sierra Madre Volunteer Firefighter's Association) 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.


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