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Thousands celebrate Burbank milestone

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Photo: FLLewis/ Media City G -- Thousands of party people poured into Downtown Burbank to celebrate the city's 100th birthday July 8, 2011

Photo: FLLewis/ Media City G -- Thousands of party people poured into Downtown Burbank to celebrate the city's 100th birthday July 8, 2011

What a slamming-jamming party!!!  I spent nearly three hours in a sea of humanity celebrating Burbank’s centennial yesterday. I have to admit, I was surprised at the thousands of folks who packed a six-block area of Downtown Burbank for this major shindig. While working my way through a crowd, I overheard someone ask:”Do all these people live in Burbank?”  Probably not , but that was okay. It was an open party and everyone was invited from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

The organizers tried to have something to engage a wide swatch of the local population. There were aircraft flyovers, parades, children’s entertainers, community booths, giveaways ( like tee shirts and bags), memorabilia, antique cars, multiple stages with music acts, fireworks, and, of course, food. When comes to the eats, I have some pluses and minuses to share.

 I managed to get one of those special free birthday cupcakes. Mine was chocolate cake topped with chocolate icing — truly delicious. Someone needs to start selling those cupcakes somewhere in B-town. Also, got another freebie over in front of the Alambres Fresh Mexican Grill on South San Fernando Boulevard. I snagged one of their tasty, just grilled, mini-tortillas with salsa.

Many of the downtown restaurants and eateries were open — but they were packed.. . or had long lines out the door. That was a minus for the event. Not enough food locations. There should have been food trucks and carts throughout the area where people could quickly grab a burger, a hot dog or whatever and keep walking.

Also, booths with bottled water were desperately needed.  People were constantly asking where they could get water on what turned out to be a very warm evening.

Overall, I had blast at this Burbank bash.  I’ll have more photos later.  

Photo: FLLewis/ Media City G -- A lot of partygoers posed for the cameras in front of a giant birthday cake honoring Burbank's centennial in Downtown Burbank July 8, 2011

Photo: FLLewis/ Media City G -- A lot of partygoers posed for the cameras in front of a giant birthday cake honoring Burbank's centennial in Downtown Burbank July 8, 2011

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2 Responses to Thousands celebrate Burbank milestone

  1. DixieFlyer Sunday, July 10, 2011 at 4:57 pm #

    Nice overview, Miss Fronnie!

    Your observation re: Bottled Water was surely the case.

    One answer is that Golonski nixed the bottled water as an item for sale as part of his “Sustainability Crusade”.

    Those darned plastic bottles!?!

  2. Fronnie Sunday, July 10, 2011 at 6:19 pm #

    Dixie,

    They should put out some recyle bins to collect the empty plastic bottles. That should solve that trash problem.

    The next time the city throw’s a street festival or event — water stations should be added along with food trucks.

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