DUARTE, CA, August 24, 2017 – With "Then and Now" as the theme of Duarte's 21st annual Route 66 Parade on Saturday, Sept. 23, parade-goers are encouraged to take to the streets and partake in the festivities starting at 10:00 am along Duarte’s Historic Route 66. The annual Duarte City Picnic and Classic Car Show at Royal Oaks Park will immediately follow the event from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Emmy award winning Eyewitness News broadcaster, Miriam Hernandez will serve as the Route 66’s Parade Grand Marshall. Hernandez is best known locally for her in-depth coverage of public safety, high profile trials and controversial deaths of celebrities including Michael Jackson, Anna Nicole Smith and John Ritter. The Duarte community came to know her personally during its recent onslaught of mudflows earlier this year and throughout our struggle with the State of California over the impacts of losing CalGrip funding.
The Route 66 parade, co-sponsored by the Route 66 Parade Committee, HumanGood, the Duarte Community Coordinating Council and the City of Duarte, begins at the northeast corner of Huntington Dr. and Cotter St. proceeds east for one mile ending at Mt. Olive Drive. Some 1,400 entries including antique and classic cars, schools, churches, equestrians, hogs and marching bands will take part in the event. High school bands from throughout Southern California will also compete for trophies.
Following the parade, the fun continues at the annual City Picnic celebrating Duarte’s 60th Anniversary of Incorporation. On the main celebration stage, a variety of exciting performances will take place throughout the day including Duarte Dance, Parade Band Competition Awards and our headline groups: The Beverly Belles and top 40 and pop band Sweet Harmony. During the event, the public is invited to enjoy a Wine and Beer Garden from 12-4pm, dozens of foods, crafts, and game booths sponsored by community non-profit groups. Youngsters can also enjoy a variety of specialized free entertainment including a Children’s Stage, a mini-carnival area with a huge, Inflatable attractions “Fun Zone”, a friendly clown, arts and crafts, and the “Let’s Move Duarte!” nutrition and exercise area complete with local health related providers and a fresh fruit standing providing healthy snacks at a minimal cost.
Car enthusiasts and the whole family can get their kicks at the Route 66 Classic Car Show across from Royal Oaks Park at the park extension. The car show offers attendees an opportunity to take a close-up look at some of the many beautiful antique and classic cars featured in the parade. Additionally, antique engines featuring a variety of working engines and motors will be on display.
For more information about Duarte’s Route 66 Parade and classic car show, visit the event facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/Duarte-Route-66-Parade-1410277752383332/ or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. For additional information about the City Picnic, contact Duarte Parks and Recreation at (626) 357-7931 or visit www.accessduarte.com.