Over the years, it has become the biggest bash of the year in South Pasadena.
Parti Gras, with an 80s theme, exceeded all expectations Saturday night as more than 1,000 people attended the major extravaganza that supports South Pasadena schools.
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Organizers are hopeful the 2018 version at Arroyo Seco Golf Course will exceed the $130,000 raised a year ago.
Madonna, Prince, Duran Duran lookalikes and everything ‘80s was represented during the nearly 6-hour party that featured food and beverage from area restaurants, silent and live auctions and dancing late into the night.
Many in the crowd said it was the best Parti Gras in the long history of the event. Co-chairs were Kathleen Michel and Larry Abelson, who wrote in a message to guests: “To all our generous sponsors and auction item donors and everyone who bought tickets, showed up, placed bids and otherwise made tonight happen, thank you. We depend on each other more than we will ever know. Also, a huge thank you to everyone in the SPEF office, especially PJ Lutz, Brionne Cox and Stacey Petersen, for your invaluable help and tireless efforts.”
Artist Greg Adamson returned to wow the crowd with his unique painting of a mural. And, making the evening totally rad was KROQ legend Richard Blade who was busy spinning discs from the music of the day. Crowd favorites were sung by those on the dance floor.
As Michel and Abelson pointed out, “This is the one evening of the year that our entire community comes together to eat, drink and celebrate the best that our wonderful town has to offer. Our goal is to see you smiling, laughing and dancing all night, while celebrating and supporting our award-winning school system.”
Look for comments about Parti Gras from community members in an updated article on Monday afternoon.
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