With smiles finally unmasked and Foothill Boulevard filled with palpable enthusiasm, La Cañada Flintridge families gathered along sidewalks, medians and driveways to celebrate the 2021 Hometown Parade.
This year’s parade differed from processions in previous years, taking place the day after the Fourth of July instead of during Memorial Day weekend, when the traditional Fiesta Days event is held. Beyond the date, however, the parade was even more distinctive for what it symbolized: resilience in emerging from the past year’s coronavirus-related challenges and hope for the community’s rejuvenation.
With optimism and joy in the air on the sunny Monday morning, participants included equestrian units, bands, Scouts, and law enforcement and fire department personnel, all lined up to embark down Foothill Boulevard to cheers and waves.
Details for the first — and perhaps last — La Cañada Flintridge Hometown Parade are being finalized, with the event scheduled to take place Monday, July 5, along Foothill Boulevard.
July 5 is serving as a holiday since the Fourth of July falls this year on a Sunday.
La Cañada Flintridge Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Pat Anderson said the Hometown Parade will be somewhat of a substitute for the annual Fiesta Days Parade, which is typically held on Memorial Day. The city’s usual festivities during the final weekend of May fell victim to the COVID-19 pandemic for the second consecutive year.
“There is a lot of excitement for this year’s parade,” Anderson said. “It will be a fun and enjoyable time for the community as it heads down Foothill Boulevard. We are very optimistic.”
Plans are continuing to move forward for a July 5 “Hometown Parade” — as it is being dubbed by the La Cañada Flintridge Chamber of Commerce — and is seen as somewhat of a substitute for the annual Fiesta Days Parade, which is typically held on Memorial Day.
Traditionally, the LCF Chamber is the organizer and presenting sponsor of the Fiesta Days weekend celebration.