Friday, July 01, 2011
Can't wait for Carmageddon? Enjoy a sneak preview and train your hurry-up-and-wait chops with...BURBAGEDDON!
Do you feel the need to practice up for Carmageddon on July 16-17? Now you can...with Burbageddon! Thanks to its Party of the Century, all streets of downtown Burbank will be closed on July 8 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. for Burbank's centennial festivities. How will those of us who need to get around, and through, the area in vehicles do so? Who cares! The sponsoring organization reports that it will be "A supersized festivity with flybys, parades, multiple stages, memorabilia, mascots, children's entertainers, stilt walkers, awesome food from Downtown Burbank restaurants, community booths and more, the Party of the Century will be the ultimate night on the town for kids and families alike. Encompassing six city blocks including San Fernando Boulevard, Palm Avenue, AMC Walkway, Orange Grove and Olive Avenue, it will express the civic pride and community spirit that have characterized Burbank’s first 100 years. Things will really heat up when the sun goes down. That's when the grand finale with a stunningly choreographed firework show will cap festivities in a profusion of light and sound." Noisy flybys (no, Glendale, we are not declaring war on you*) and fireworks for the 2nd time in a week? My cats and everybody else's dogs can't wait! I'm not quite sure why it's necessary to close all the streets all the day, but I'm sure we'll be having such a good time that we won't mind
idling for hours taking alternative routes.
*Following the ceremony at approximately 5:45 P.M. will be the Air Parade, an awe-inspiring pageant in the sky that honors Bob Hope Airport and pays homage to Burbank’s close ties to aviation. Included will be McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornets. B-25 Mitchell bombers, Burbank/Glendale/Pasadena Police Notar helicopters, Aero Squadron World War II planes, helicopters from Los Angeles County Sheriff “Air 5” Rescue, Los Angeles County Fire, Long Beach Police and the Orange County Sheriff departments and more.