UPDATE Saturday 5/19 The Big Parade
OMG, another event in downtown LA for the whole weekend, and this one I have never heard of before. I love LA. I love how I can live here since the dawn of time and still find out new things to explore, do and have adventures – Have you ever heard of The Big Parade?
The Big Parade is a two-day walk in Los Angeles. It includes 100 public stairways over about 40 miles, from downtown to the Hollywood Sign. The walk runs on a timetable, and is designed as a series of attached loops, so that people can come and go as they please – join us for a mile, an hour, or an epic.
This sounds so fun. What a wonderful way to experience and see the city, for all ages, it’s great exercise AND it’s FREE. Maybe the best part is the idea that you do as much or as little as you want. For me, the fact that you don’t have to commit to the whole event – all 100 stairs and an over 40-mile, 2-day event is a great thing. Committing to a total weekend of exercise from morning til night is a bit daunting. Though, as I read what people that have done it say it is quite inspiring. Most say after doing a loop or two, perhaps even one full day, most say they want to do the whole 2-day parade for their next time.
Though I can’t do it this weekend, it is going on my “must do” list for next year. So exciting, I feel so…er… um…so social. Yeah that’s it, social! I’m booking dates for my 2013 calendar! Who’s walking with me?
Get ready…this is what you need to join the Big Parade (links are to PDF documents.)
- The “How To,” which details how you can join us, what to bring, what to expect, etc.
- The Day One schedule, which will tell you what you’ll see and when on Saturday, May 19.
- The Day Two schedule, for Sunday, May 20.
- The transportation info sheet, if you want to take the bus or train to join us.
- For zoomable versions of the maps – good for at-your-desk viewing (the PDFs are better for actually joining us) go here for Day One and here for Day Two.
Saturday will include a kid’s segment; a guided tour of the Los Angeles River; the Echo Park Arts Walk; Angelino Heights Victorian architecture; Silverlake; and finally the Music Box Stairs (and a Laurel & Hardy movie.)
Sunday will include Silverlake, including the urban wilderness of the old Corralitas Red Car Property; music by Steve Moramarco (of the Abe Lincoln Story); a compact loop of 12 stairways in the Franklin Hills; a walk through Griffith Park led by Mike Eberts, author of “Griffith Park: A Centennial History,” and – as we approach the Hollywood Sign – a genuine eclipse.
Worst Traffic in LA Ever!
Are you going to any of the one of four major sporting events at L.A. Live tomorrow and or Sunday? Everyone has been talking about it all week - “SportsJam” – in LA we add jam to every word. Also, there are evening games up at Dodgers Stadium on Saturday and Sunday, as well as a Roger Waters concert tomorrow night at the Coliseum. So it’s not just the area around LA Live that will see heavier-than-usual traffic this weekend, but likely the whole of Downtown.
Staples Center will host Game 3 of the Clippers and San Antonio Spurs second-round NBA playoff series at 12:30 on Saturday, while the Lakers will play Game 4 of their series against Oklahoma City at 7:30pm later that night. Sunday will see the L.A. Kings host Game 4 of the NHL Western Conference Finals series against the Phoenix Coyotes at noon, quickly followed by Game 4 between the Clippers and Spurs at 7:30pm.
As if that wasn’t enough, the AEG-sponsored Amgen Tour of California cycling race will conclude Sunday morning at the corner of Figueroa Street and Chick Hearn Court at roughly 11:50 a.m. AEG also owns and operates the Staples Center and L.A. Live venues.
“Come early; stay late,” advised Lee Zeidman, senior vice president and general manager of Staples Center, to the estimated 250,000 weekend attendees. He encouraged visitors to plan ahead and avoid any traffic headaches – especially on Sunday, when the following streets will be closed to traffic until the conclusion of the Amgen race:
- Figueroa St. from Pico Blvd. to Olympic Blvd.
- Chick Hearn Court from Flower St. to Georgia St.
- Pico Blvd. from Flower St. to Figueroa St.
- Flower St. from Pico Blvd. to 11th St.
- Olympic Blvd. from Figueroa St. to Olive St.
- Olive St., North of Olympic Blvd.
- 11th St. from Flower St. to Hill St.
- Hill St., north of 11th St.
The race begins at 10:10am in Beverly Hills and will work its way east and south in to Downtown Los Angeles, wrapping up around noon.
The Downtown area will be closed early for the “Nissan Ride Before the Pros” between 8am and 9:30am.
- Rodeo Dr
- Burton Way between Rodeo Dr and Doheney Dr
- Sunset Blvd between Doheney and Orange
- Orange Dr between Sunset Blvd and Hollywood Blvd
- Hollywood Blvd between Orange and Vermont
- Sunset Blvd between Vermont and Cesar Chavez
- Cesar Chavez between Grand and Alpine
- Alpine St between Broadway and Cesar Chavez
- Spring between Cesar Chavez and 1st
- 1st between Spring and Hill
- Hill St between 1st and 11th
- 11th between Hill and Flower
- Flower between 11th and Pico
- Pico between Flower and Figueroa
- Figueroa between Pico and Olympic
- Olympic between Figueroa and Olive
- Olive between Olympic and 1st
- 1st between Olive and Grand
- Grand between 1st and Temple
- Temple between Grand and Spring
On Sunday, paid parking will also be available at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Lots 5 and 6, with free shuttles to L.A. Live starting at 8:30 a.m. until one hour after the hockey game. Additionally, Staples Center will provide free coffee and donuts to ticketed fans until 10:30 a.m. as extra incentive to arrive early, reports blogdowntown.
Alternates anyone? Metro officials recommended that Angelenos take public transportation Downtown.
“Help me figure that one out you say?” Okay, will do…
Can I take Metro to see Roger Waters in concert Saturday night at the Coliseum? Oh yes you can!
Go Expo: Take transit not traffic to Roger Waters: The Wall concert
Security concerns? – LAPD will have in excess of 100 motorcycle, surveillance and undercover officers will be dispersed around L.A. Live to ensure safety.
I was going to stay home this weekend and not even mess with it, but that was before the KINGS WON last night…so now I’m thinking …maybe baby. I just might have to go after all!!! See you on the freeways….
Photo on home page headline from Silver Luxury Real Estate