Producing the City of South Pasadena’s biggest attraction of the year isn’t an easy task, requiring long hours by a group of dedicated volunteers.
Making it happen, working feverishly behind-the-scenes, is a dedicated group who stage all the planning for an early morning pancake breakfast, the parade’s opening ceremonies, the parade down Mission Street, activities and games in Garfield Park, and finally a 20-minute fireworks show at South Pasadena High School at about 9 p.m., closing out a long day.
Committee members meet monthly leading up to the parade to create an exciting day for the community. The volunteer crew works diligently to make the Festival of Balloons parade and fireworks show a huge success each year.
It all comes together for a fun, festive day from sunrise to sundown.
The 4th of July Festival of Balloons Committee never turns away those who want to pitch in and lend a hand.
“We couldn’t put this day together without the work of hardworking people in our community,” said Festival of Balloons Committee Chair Rosemary Whitney. “We’d like to get more help for next year’s parade and we encourage residents to attend future planning meetings. We’d love to have your help.”
For volunteer opportunities, contact Whitney at firstname.lastname@example.org
Fourth of July Festival of Balloons Committee
Chair – Rosemary Whitney
Vice Chair – Jim Anderson
Treasurer – Michael Schlaifer
Secretary – Megan Colburn
Decorations – Rob and Clare Williams
Fireworks/Stadium – Marty Smith
Food Booths – Jane Jackson, Rosemary Whitney
Parade – Joe Payne
Classic Cars – Marlin Perry, Tracy Perry
Park/Sound/Youth – Bob McClain
Posters – Joan Payne
Publicity/Program –Bill Glazier
Tickets – Robert MacTavish, Lindy Yuen
Security – Joe Payne
City Council Liaison – Michael Cacciotti
City Liaison – Anthony Kim
Members at Large – Chris Colburn and Ted and Joan Shaw