Marching bands, kids riding bikes, and dignitaries rolling along in classic cars will notice a big change when they participate in this year’s Festival of Balloons Parade.
Those on hand for the annual 4th of July event are in for a treat, according to South Pasadena City Councilmember Robert Joe.
“The route is going to be completely repaved and is going to look great,” said Joe, who also serves as the council’s liaison to the Festival of Balloons committee, which is busy making plans for this year’s daylong extravaganza.
Slurry seal roadwork on Mission Street from Fair Oaks Avenue to Pasadena Avenue began on Sunday, May 20, and, according to public works officials, will be completed in four phases to minimize impacts.
This project, funded by a Caltrans grant as part of the City’s Bicycle Master Plan, is expected to be completed in the next couple of weeks.
“It’s really going to make the parade extra special this year,” said Joe during a recent Festival of Balloons committee meeting. “People are going to love it.
The Festival of Balloons features a pancake breakfast starting at 7 a.m. at the local firehouse, followed by the parade’s opening ceremonies on the footsteps of the South Pasadena Library Community Room at 10:30 a.m., followed by the parade down Mission Street at 11 a.m., games, food and activities in Garfield Park from noon to 3 p.m. and the fireworks show at the local high school at 9 p.m.