Organizers of the 36th Annual July 4th Balloon Festival in South Pasadena made the 710 Freeway a central part of a theme that centered on Route 66 nostalgia.
Thousands gathered on Mission Avenue to cheer on a procession that included police cars, motorcycles, VIPs, music, student displays and so on. Most carried a ballon.
At its endpoint outside the city library City Councilman Robert Joe pointed out that the July 4 parade is a great way for all families to participate, celebrate, give thanks and continue to help build a great country.
South Pasadena resident Tang Weiming was among those on hand, cheering the South Pasadena High School swim team which participated in the parade.
But, the parade did not forget politics. State Sen. Anthony Portantino, D-Pasadena, took a solid stand carrying a banner that proclaimed “Against 710 Extension”. But while Portantino and many others bashed plans to build a portion of 710 extension through South Pasadena, they also praised South Pasadena’s role as a destination on the now-decommissioned Route 66, and reminded all that their community isn’t against transportation, it seeks alternatives.