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Fiesta Days Extravaganza Draws Crowds

Memorial Day in La Cañada Flintridge featured a series of activities for the community, which included the YMCA of the Foothills Run, the memorial service and the parade, to name a few.
The parade, themed “America the Beautiful” and hosted by the LCF Chamber of Commerce, showcased a multitude of organizations and people that make up LCF.
Chris Fontes and his wife have been coming to the parade for more than 15 years and said that they like to see all the groups in the community. Fontes also spoke about the significance of Memorial Day.
“I think it’s obviously really important to celebrate Memorial Day; otherwise, people forget about what it’s about,” Fontes said. “So, this is a nice way to have everything out there, full display on our military veterans and for those who have passed away in the service of their country.”
Among the individuals and groups in the parade were the mayor and City Council members, the La Cañada High School band and color guard, Rep. Judy Chu, Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station Capt. Robert Hahnlein, the LCF Tournament of Roses Association, and local businesses such as Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream and Los Gringos Locos.
Foothill Boulevard was full of American flags, families and smiles. The parade even attracted newer residents.
Jessica Bond and her family moved to the city in December and were happy to see such a series of events to participate in and to enjoy the parade for the first time.
“It’s a great community event,” she said. “It’s fun to get out to see your neighbors and be outside on a beautiful day. It’s lovely to see everybody gather and do something together.”
Bond and her husband said they looked forward to seeing their son’s reaction to the parade. “He gets excited no matter what is happening, whether it’s music, flashing flights or just people walking,” she said.
The family also participated in the morning run and said they couldn’t have had a better weekend.
“We appreciate the community’s efforts to put all these events together and gather,” Bond said. “It’s nice that we get to just kind of show up and enjoy everything and we really appreciate everybody’s hard work.”
Forty-two-year resident Annelies Kischkel was decked out in red, white and blue and ready to watch the parade.
Kischkel said she enjoyed everything about the Fiesta Days three-day weekend of events that started on May 25.
“The fireworks were amazing last night and now it’s the parade,” she added.
“I am so blessed to live in this area,” she said, adding that she wanted to wish everyone a blessed Memorial Day and many more to come.
Pat Anderson, LCF Chamber of Commerce president and chief executive officer, said the weekend was a hit, especially the parade.
“For the first time we were pleased and honored to have Ivan Cregger, a World War II veteran, ride in the parade,” she said. “The entire weekend was blessed with perfect weather and to the hundreds of people who attended the many events, we thank you for your support on this very special weekend. Your Chamber of Commerce is already thinking about next year.”

Miss LCF Lauren Kim waved to spectators while riding down Foothill Boulevard in the Memorial Day Parade

First published in the May 30 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.

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