Bartolais Named 4th of July Grand Marshal, Parade Details

4th of July Grand Marshals Nina and Clem Bartolai, click to enlarge

Press Release posted 5/16/15 – The volunteers of the Sierra Madre 4th of July Committee are pleased and excited to announce that the 2015 Fourth of July Parade Grand Marshal will be Sierra Madre’s very own Nina and Clem Bartolai. “The Grand Marshal is a person or persons whose efforts over a long period of time has been beneficial to the community of Sierra Madre. The title of Grand Marshal is intended to honor a person or persons’ volume of work, dedication and overall enhancements to our community.” Nina and Clem have embodied these characteristics for years.

This ultra civic Sierra Madre couple have continued to donate time and service to the Sierra Madre community for over 60 plus years. They are true examples of the Sierra Madre spirit and continue to give back today.

Clem was part of the first committee in 1964/65 to plan the 1st 4th of July Parade/Celebration in Sierra Madre. Clem served the community as a Parks & Recreation Commissioner, Planning Commissioner, and then in the 1980s and 90s as Mayor and Councilmember. In the 1960s he was a member of the Sierra Madre Lions Club and then extremely active with the Sierra Madre Kiwanis and was a founding member of the Sierra Madre Community Foundation.

Nina has served on the Sierra Community Commission for over six years and has been a member of Priscilla’s since 1997. Throughout the years both Clem & Nina have been active with the Sierra Madre Rose Float Assoc. Historical Society, SMEAC and Friends of the Library.

There isn’t a civic cause or local group they haven’t helped with. Together they are committed to making the town of Sierra Madre the community we treasure today. The Bartolis are Sierra Madreans that make a difference.

Once again the Committee is pleased to announce the Official Sponsor of the 2015 Parade is The Kensington. The Kensington-Sierra Madre is an assisted living and memory care residence currently under construction in the heart of Sierra Madre. The committee thanksthem for their partnership this year as we work together to bring the community and outstanding All-American Celebration.

Parade registration is NOW OPEN. Parade participation is open to all; young, young-at-heart, and everything in between. There is NO FEE to participate thanks to the sponsorship from the The Kensington. If you see yourself or your group in the 4th of July parade, please visit the 4th of July Website for online registration.

Registration is only open until Monday, June 1st at 5:00 pm. Due to staging concerns, no late entries will be accepted. Please make sure to fill out all fields and hit the submit button! For questions regarding parade registration please contact the 4th of July Committee or the Community Services Department at 626.355.7135
The Sierra Madre 4th of July Parade is an annual tradition that is an integral part of the Sierra Madre community! This hometown parade features community members, organizations, classic cars, a marching band, kids on their decorated bikes and so much more.

For more information on all of the 4th of July Festivities, please visit