Golden Days, Golden Times

by Sean Fitzpatrick '04

Marching bands, floats, and people boasting their community pride marched down San Gabriel Avenue on Saturday, October 11, to salute Azusa Golden Days, an annual commemoration held every second week of October to celebrate the Azusa community.

Parade participants included the Azusa High School Marching Band, the Azusa City Council, honored citizens, the Azusa Pacific University Marching Band, and even Mickey Mouse. Street vendors sold balloons, water, snacks, and loud parade horns that could be heard up and down the parade route as attendees showed their support.
"It was great to see all the different aspects of Azusa represented in the parade," said Ivy Connolly '04. "I really liked how everyone came together."

Also on Saturday, at Azusa Memorial Park on Third Street, car detailers from throughout Southern California displayed their cars. A wide variety of impressive cars covered the park from semi trucks, to hot-rods, to low-riders, and even a car from the 50s with a tray of plastic food attached. All weekend long, a carnival at Memorial Park hosted rides and games for family fun.
Azusa Golden Days was not limited to the activities of the weekend. Events took place all week long, including Taste of the Town, where community members tasted a variety of foods from various local restaurants.