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Parades to Mark Independence Day Throughout Los Angeles County

LOS ANGELES (CNS) –  Actors Steve Guttenberg and Danny Trejo and Los Angeles County Sheriff Robert Luna will be among the participants in parades in Los Angeles County Thursday marking Independence Day.

Guttenberg will be the grand marshal of the 76th Pacific Palisades 4th of July Parade, which will begin at 2:05 p.m. on Via de la Paz at Bowdoin Street, preceded at 2 p.m. by skydivers landing on Sunset Boulevard near Swathmore Avenue.

The theme will be “Happy Days in the Palisades.”

Army Lt. Gen. Steven Gilland will ride in the parade. Gilland is superintendent of the United States Military Academy, a position once held by Douglas MacArthur.

Guttenberg was Pacific Palisades’ honorary mayor from 2002-06. He is best remembered for his roles in four “Police Academy” movies, “Three Men and a Baby,” “Cocoon” and “Diner.”

Trejo will be among the participants in the Sunland-Tujunga Independence Day Parade. It is set to begin at 10 a.m., heading west on Foothill Boulevard from Mt. Gleason Avenue to Sunland Boulevard. Its theme is “The Magic of Sunland-Tujunga.”

Trejo is best known for his role as gadget inventor Isador “Machete” Cortez in four “Spy Kids” films and a different version of the character in “Machete” and “Machete Kills.” He is the owner of eight restaurants, including Trejo’s Tacos and Trejo’s Cantina.

Luna will be riding in the Santa Clarita Valley Fourth of July Parade. It will begin at 9 a.m. at the Newhall Roundabout in front of Hart Park and end at Orchard Village Road at Dalbey Drive. The approximately 2-mile parade’s theme is “The Freedom to Play,” celebrating “our parks, trails and open spaces.”

The Santa Clarita City Council adopted an ordinance in 1996 banning the “propulsion” of Silly String and other substances on the parade route.

The Acton 4th of July Parade has the theme ” 100 Years of Community History.” It will begin at 9 a.m. at Banson Street and Crown Valley Road.

Claremont’s Fourth of July Parade will begin at 10 a.m. at 10th Street and Indian Hill Boulevard.

The Holmby Westwood Property Owners Association 4th of July Parade will begin at 10 a.m. at Warner Avenue School.

La Verne’s Fourth of July Parade will have the theme “50 Years of Hometown Heroes.” It will begin at 10 a.m. at  the corner of 10th and D street, travel south to Bonita Avenue, west on Bonita Avenue to Magnolia Avenue, south on Magnolia Avenue to Third Street, east on Third Street to G Street, north on G Street to Bonita Avenue, west on Bonita Avenue to F Street, north on F Street to 8th Street, west on 8th Street to D Street and north on D Street.

Retired La Verne Police Department Chief Colleen Flores will be the community grand marshal.

The Great American Kids’ Bike Parade will begin at 10 a.m. at 1 Granada Ave. on the beach bike path in Long Beach. Participants are asked to bring tuna, pasta noodles, breakfast cereal or peanut butter that will be donated to agencies serving homeless men and women in the area.

The theme of Rosemead’s parade is “Celebrating The Olympic Spirit.” The parade will begin at 10 a.m at Valley Boulevard and Muscatel Avenue, travel east to Loma Avenue and north to Rosemead Park.

Santa Monica’s parade will celebrate arts and culture. The approximately 1.3-mile parade will begin at Pico Boulevard and Main Street at 9:30 a.m., travel south on Main Street, turn right onto Marine Street, ending at Barnard Way. The grandstand announcement location will be in front of Ocean Park Library.

Sierra Madre’s 4th of July Parade will begin at 10 a.m. at the corner of Sierra Madre Boulevard and Sunnyside Avenue, ending at Rancho Road.

The grand marshal will be Helen Reece, a 100-year-old who often plays the accordion outside the Baldwin Avenue Gallery on special occasions.

The grand marshal is traditionally a person or persons whose efforts over a long period have been beneficial to Sierra Madre.

The parade will be streamed at villagevine.weebly.com.

The Valley Village Homeowners Association Fourth of July Parade will begin at Colfax Elementary School at 10 a.m. and end at Valley Village Park, where the association will provide corn dogs, watermelon, cold drinks and cupcakes.

South Pasadena’s Fourth of July Festival of Balloons parade will begin at 11 a.m. at Mission Street and Diamond Avenue, ending in Garfield Park. The opening ceremony will be at the South Pasadena Library at 10:30 a.m. The theme is “Hometown Heroes: Celebrating the Spirit of Community.”

Westchester’s 24th annual Fourth of July Parade is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. at the corner of Manchester Avenue and Loyola Boulevard, head north on Loyola Boulevard and conclude at 80th Street, the entrance to Loyola Marymount University.

The parade is Westchester’s largest event, according to the LAX Coastal Chamber of Commerce, which organizes the parade.

Avalon’s golf cart parade will begin at 1 p.m. on Casino Way. The USC Trojan Marching Band will be among the participants.

San Marino’s approximately 1.5-mile “4th of July Independence Day Parade-Palooza,” will begin at 4:45 p.m. on Monterey Road, head to Virginia Road and go through Lacy Park.

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