Parti Gras 2018 – Totally Rad!

The big bash scheduled for Saturday night (May 19, 2018) at the Arroyo Golf Course will take you back to the 1980s.

PHOTO: South Pasadena Educational Foundation (SPEF) | | Listening to Madonna, Prince, Depeche Mode and Duran Duran, watching films like “Breakfast Club,” Risky Business, “Fast Times at “Ridgemont High” and “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” along with sporting Vaunets, Members Club, Jordache and, yes, Dolphins were all memories of the ‘80s! On May 19, community members can transport themselves back to those idyllic days as the South Pasadena Educational Foundation (SPEF) presents Parti Gras 2018 – A “Totally Awesome” ‘80s event featuring none other than DJ icon Richard Blade, a vintage arcade, and the most excellent music. It will be totally rad!

“Gridlock,” a word that came out of the ultimate traffic jam, was first used in print by “Newsweek” back in 1980.

It has become a universal phrase identified by motorists, especially those frustrated, grumbling, nerve-racking drivers on Southern California freeways during morning and afternoon rush hour.

The last episode of “MASH” was aired on Feb. 28, 1983, on CBS. Michael Jackson’s Victory Tour was launched on July 6, 1984. That same year, Clara Pellar in a Wendy’s hamburger chain commercial, was saying: “Where’s the beef?”

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Oh, the memories of the 1980s! Want more?

  • Millions were kicking the habit as part of the “Great American Smokeout” campaign.
  • “Ghostbusters” debuted as a hit movie.
  • The refrigerator became more than a place to keep items cold. William “Refrigerator Perry,” built like one, was lineman  and a converted star fullback for the Chicago Bears.

South Pasadena Education Foundation (SPEF), the fundraising arm for the local school district, will bring back the ‘80s Saturday night as it becomes the theme for Parti Gras 2018 at Arroyo Seco Golf Course in the city.

Parti Gras co-chairs are Kathleen Michel and Larry Abelson, who are putting all the plans in place for the 6 p.m. extravaganza.   

Famous Deejays, old school arcade games, MTV all come to mind when the ‘80s come to mind.

Music, of course, was a big part of the 80s scene with Madonna joining Cyndi Lauper, Blondie, Rick Astley, David Bowie and The Police as some of the big headliners of the day.

Saturday’s event will feature DJ icon Richard Blade, a vintage arcade, and the most excellent music.

Parti Gras proceeds will support programs and services at all five SPUSD schools.

For ticket information, Google the South Pasadena Educational Founadation.