600 in July 2 parade

Nearly 600 Arcadians, Ronald McDonald, and a pair of Chinese dragons will be showcased in more than 70 classic cars, unique vehicles, equestrian and marching units presented by 30 different local groups in the first Arcadia community parade in at least 75 years at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 2.
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The parade on First Avenue between Duarte Road and Huntington Drive — it begins at Alice Street (north of Duarte Road) and continues to California Street (on north end of First Avenue Middle School) — will kick off the inaugural Arcadia’s Best Patriotic Festival. Staging for parade entries will begin at 7:30 a.m. in the parking lot on the south side of Alice Street across from the Arcadia Presbyterian church. All entries are encouraged to be in place as early as possible to ensure your position in the parade.

The parade will be followed from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. with a street fair on First Avenue from California Street to Huntington Drive featuring a community car show, 10 gourmet food trucks, live musical performances, and vendor booths. Vendors may begin arriving and setting up at 8 a.m.

Parade entries (alphabetically as of June 11, 2011):

American Legion:

•    American Legion Arcadia Post 247 – with Jan’s Tow truck entry
•    American Legion Auxiliary Unit 247 about 30 marchers
•    40 & 8 Baldy Vouiture 104 – with Locomotive (truck looks like train)

American Legio 40 & 8 Locomotive truck

— The Forty & Eight is committed to charitable and patriotic aims. Our purpose is to uphold and defend the United States Constitution, to promote the well-being of veterans and their widows and orphans, and to actively participate in selected charitable endeavors, which include programs that promote child welfare and nurse’s training.
The titles and symbols of the Forty & Eight reflect its First World War origins. Americans were transported to the battle front on French trains within boxcars stenciled with a “40/8”, denoting its capacity to hold either forty men or eight horses.
The Forty & Eight was founded in 1920 by American veterans returning from France. Originally an arm of The American Legion, the Forty & Eight became an independent and separately incorporated veteran’s organization in 1960. Membership is by invitation of ALL honorably discharged veterans and honorably serving members of the United States Armed Forces.

Arcadia American Little League All-Stars
•    40 children, 20 adults led by a 1972 Volkswagen “Thing”

1909 Packard

Arcadia Association of Realtors
•    1909 Model 60 Packard carrying 2011 AAR President Paulina Lee

Arcadia Chamber of Commerce
•    Robert Hoffman, President
•    Citizen of the Year, Sho Tay and wife Sherry

Arcadia Chinese Association:
•    5,000 years of Chinese history portrayed in 30 costumed marchers

A portion of costumed members of Arcadia Chinese Association

— ACA, which was established in 1980 and became a public benefit organization 501 (C3) in 2007, has played an active role in supporting our community such as City Hall, the Police Department, the Fire Department, Arcadia City Library, the Historical Museum, Arcadia Education Function, Arcadia School District, Methodist Hospital, American Red Cross, and Boy Scouts of America. ACA has also volunteered in many events in our community, including Arcadia Law Day, Senior Citizens Appreciation Luncheon, Spring Festival at Westfield Santa Anita, Arcadia City Employee Appreciation, and holding city council election candidate forums.
ACA’s main objectives are: to promote the learning of Chinese culture, history, language, literature and arts; to support the educational, charitable and literary activities and events in Arcadia; to bridge the cultural gaps and maximize the harmony and benefits of an ethnically diverse community; to assist the understanding of American culture, tradition, citizenship, and community values; and to support community projects by participating and volunteering in community service.
Arcadia Chinese will continue to pay back to this beautiful city and help keep Arcadia as one of the best cities to live in.

Arcadia Educational Foundation

Arcadia Fire Dept.- 1926 American LaFrance fire engine

1926 American LaFrance fire engine

— One of only 16 delivered to various cities in the U.S., this one went to the Los Angeles County Fire Department in August 1926 and used at the Olive View Sanitarium in Sylmar. The Arcadia Chamber of Commerce purchased it from the County in the late 1950’s, and gave it in equal shares to the City and the Arcadia Firefighters Association. From 1980 to 1983, several Arcadia Firefighters worked many off-duty hours to restore the fire engine to mint condition, matching parts and features to those of the original engine. It is housed at Headquarters Fire Station No. 105 on Santa Anita Avenue.

Arcadia Host Lions Club Mobile Eye exam truck

It has a 750 gallons-per-minute (gpm) capacity at 120 pounds per square inch (psi) pressure, with a positive displacement gear pump.  This model has a small water tank that is currently not used. It has three separate lines for pumping water from a hydrant or other water source.
It has substituted as Santa’s “Sleigh” many times during the City’s Holiday festivities.

Arcadia Girls Softball Association
•    40 players, 20 adults following decorated car

1959 Ford Galaxie 500 Arcadia Police car showcased by Arcadia Historical Society

Arcadia High School
•    100-piece Marching Band Unit

Arcadia Historical Society / Police

1959 Ford Galaxie 500
• Entry on Jan’s Tow Truck

Arcadia Host Lions Club: Mobile Eye exam vehicle

Arcadia Masonic Lodge

Arcadia Mounted Enforcement Team

Arcadia Police Department
1959 Ford Galaxie 500

Arcadia Mounted Enforcement Team (4 or 5 officers on horseback)

Arcadia Republicans
Arcadia Rose Parade Float Royalty 1965-1991

(riding in Wagonette surrey pulled by four Clydesdales of Nick Popoff)
• Princess Maria (Algara) Olson (1991)

Wagonette to carry Arcadia Rose Float Queens/Princesses and be pulled by four Clydesdales driven by Nick Popoff

• Queen Maria (McCann) Glover (1988)
• Princess Robin (Henkles) Westwood (1987)
Diane (Welch) Sears (1986)
Princess Lorene (Krajian) Tarvin (1985)
Queen Martha Palillo (1985)
• Princess Tammi Herron (1985)
* 1984 Princess Kelly McGuire Diehl
• Princess Marci (Richmond) Herrera (1983)
• Princess Sandi Consiglio (1977)
Princess April Monroe Soash (1975)
• Princess Teresa (Bailey) Siglock (1975)
• Queen Patricia Turner (1965)

Arcadia’s Best Foundation
•    Karen Hou, contest winner, and daughter Ellen Hou

Arcadia School District Stand-Out Students

•    Baldwin Stocker Elementary:
Naomi Silver
Fiona Leubbers
•    Camino Grove Elementary
— Vanadium Wang was Student Body President this past year, elected by his peers because he reflects academic excellence and positive leadership. He announced students’ names over the school’s intercom who were recognized for their positive behavior.
•    Dana Middle School
Casey Huang was Student Body President second semester last year. His sense of humor makes him a very popular student at Dana, but he also plays in the orchestra, competes in sports, and took geometry as an eighth grader, earning straight A’s (with an A+ in history) and, of course, was on the honor roll. He is looking forward to attending AHS in the fall.
•    First Avenue Middle School
Ishaan Dev has been an outstanding ASB President who is recognized by both students and staff alike as THE student leader and is well-respected by all. He provided valuable input as a member of the School Site Council for two years, and was a member of the award-winning Spartan Marching Band and Drum Line.
•    Foothills Middle School
—  Kelly Hui, who served second semester as ASB President, is an outstanding student leader and had perfect attendance. She is an accomplished violinist, which she demonstrated in the Foothills Orchestra, and participated in school activities such as the talent show, daily morning school-wide broadcast, and the recent Walk-A-Thon.

•    Highland Oaks Elementary
Derek Li has shown outstanding leadership as President of Student Council, fulfilling a campaign promise of a free homework pass for each student upon completing STAR testing with terrific effort.
•    Longley Way Elementary
Elizabeth Wang’s friendliness, positive attitude, and outstanding leadership was demonstrated as the Fall Student Council President. She will be attending Foothill Middle School this fall. She loves playing the flute in the school orchestra, kickball and Noon Games during lunch.
Lauren Soriano‘s vivacious and friendly leadership as Student Council President highlighted the second half of the school year. She’s joining her older brother, Jason, at Dana Middle School this fall. She loves sports, especially basketball.
12:01 AM 6/22/2011

Arcadia Senior Citizens of the Year
•    Jim and Margaret Barrows

Arcadia Unified School District
•    Dr. Joel Shawn, superintendent
•    Joann Steinmeier. Board of Education

Assistance League of Arcadia
•    Puppets in red truck & Jan’s Tow Truck, plus walkers with dogs
— Assistance League of Arcadia puts caring and commitment into action to make a difference in our community. Assistance League has served the communities of Arcadia, Monrovia, Duarte, Temple City, Alhambra, and Rosemead since 1954. Every year, the volunteer members of Assistance League of Arcadia provide philanthropic programs to more than 15,000 residents. The programs include providing school clothing and supplies for children-in-need; the opportunity for seniors and visually impaired to gather and socialize; baby supplies and clothing for new mothers-in-need; and educational puppet shows for elementary school children. The Assistance League of Arcadia relies on donations, grants, and proceeds from its volunteer staffed Bargain Box thrift store located at 64 E. Live Oak Avenue in Arcadia, to fund the various philanthropic programs.  Please visit our website www.alarcadia.org for more information about our programs and volunteer opportunities.

Boy Scouts / Cub Scouts – Lucky Baldwin District
•    Cub Scouts Pack 122 of Highland Oaks
•    Boy Scouts Troop 104 of Holy Angels – 25 marchers
•    Boy Scouts Troop 111 of Camino Grove
•    Boy Scouts Troop 125 of Lucky Baldwin District
— playing and marching to “Yankee Doodle Dandy” on flute and snare drums and flute
•    Boy Scouts Troop 135 of Monrovia – 6-10 Scout marchers
•    Boy Scouts Troop 161 of Lucky Baldwin District – 25 Scouts, 10 adults

City of Arcadia
•    Mayor Gary Kovacic and wife Barb in Bob Green’s 1957 Chevy convertible
— Kovacic’s 1964 Volkswagen Beetle with long board and 1963 Porsche 356 driven by others
•    Mayor Pro Tem Bob Harbicht and wife Patsy, in his own 1930 Model A Ford Roadster pickup truck.
•    Council Member Peter Amundson in a 1946 Studebaker, his father’s first truck. I am a native Arcadian and since Arcadia Methodist opened only a year before I was born, I think the only native-born Mayor.  It is a real honor and privilege to serve my hometown.
•    Council Member Roger Chandler
•    Council Member Mickey Segal w/ wife Lee

Corvettes Limited: About 10 classic and new Corvettes driven by members

•    Phil Consiglio – 1960 Corvette
•    Jerry Marble – 1977 Corvette
•    Tina Marble – 1984 Corvette
•    Bob and Linda Peterson – 1989 Corvette
•    Alicia Espinel – 1996 Corvette
•    Sabrina Consiglio – 1998 Corvette
•    Don Meyers – 2005 Corvette
•    Joe and Sue Maholick – 2005 Corvette
•    Randy Valparaiso – 2009 Corvette

Mike Daleo’s 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air

Daleo family, Marilyn, Tim, TiffanyMike Daleo’s 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air

Imy Dulake1950 Chevy convertible
— Imy Dulake has been in the Real Estate business in Arcadia for the last 25 years as a top agent and #1 agent in Coldwell banker Arcadia office in 2009 and 2010. Imy is also involved in the community service as a Past President of Rotary club of Arcadia and as an interpreter at Arcadia School District.

Foothill Federal Credit Union1932 Ford plus walkers handing out candy

The Knights of Columbus-Archbishop Cantwell Council No. 3073 Arcadia

Jim Leahy1970 Cadillac Coupe DeVille Convertible

Marines Color Guard

Paco’s Mexican Restaurant – Ford  Excursion

Nick Popoff: 4-horse Clydesdale team and Wagonette surrey

Anthony PortantinoAssemblymember, 44th Assembly District

Post Alarm Systems:

Post Alarm Systems 1951 Siebert Ambulance

1951 Siebert Ambulance that was operated by the Monrovia Fire Department.
— Post alarm has been a family owned and operated company since 1956.  Post is a full service security company; we install Fire, Burglar, Camera, Card Access and Medical Alert Alarms. Post has a Patrol Division and its own U.L. Central Station to monitor accounts.




1987 Queen Kristin Harris McDonald

2010 Queen Natalie Innocenzi


2009 Queen Courtney Lee


Queen Lee to ride in 1941 Mercury of “From Here to Eternity”

Rose Queens and Princesses representing Arcadia 1949-2010

•    Queen Natalie Innocenzi (2010)
•    Princess June Ko (2010)
•    Queen Courtney Lee (2009)
— Riding in Mark Henzel’s 1941 Mercury Club Coupe Convertible from movie “From Here to Eternity”
•    Princess Crystal Uribe (2001)

1949 Queen Virginia Bower Nichols

•    Princess Sarah Clinton Edgington (1996)

A 1928 "Rose Roadster" for Prncess James

•    Queen Julie Myers King (1988)
•    Queen Kristin Harris McDonald (1987)
•    Princess Diane Welch Sears (1987)
•    Princess April Lake (1986)
•    Princess Susan Quarness James (1955) — Riding in Dick Anderson’s 1928 Roadster Pickup truck
•    Princess June Roan Patterson (1951)
•    Rose Princess Carol Diane Costello Bloom (1954)
–Riding in her 2007 Jaguar convertible
•    Queen Virginia Bower Nichols (1949)

Santa Anita A’s

Santa Anita A's

— An organization of about 100 families whose members from Arcadia and surrounding communities are devoted to the Model A hobby and own about 150 Model A Fords, from 1928 to 1931.
•    Brad & Vicky Balmot – 1928– 31 Model A Ford w/ rumble seat
•    Dick Canzoneri – 1930 Model A Ford Cabriolet
•    John Emanuelli – Model A coupe w/rumble seat
•    Bob & Patsy Harbicht – 1930 Model A Ford Roadster pickup truck.
•    Ken Mallory – 1930 Model A Ford Cabriolet
•    Bob Moore – 1931 Model A Phaeton
•    Elaine Perry – 1930 Touring Model A Ford
•    Jim Roderick– 1929 Model A Ford Roadster
•    Chris Wickersham – 1931 Model A Ford Roadster

Santa Anita Soccer Club
•    1959 Cadillac Series 62 Coupe; 60 children, 15 adults
— Since 1978, the 501c(3) SASC based in Arcadia and its U.S. Soccer Federation-licensed coaching staff has offered an advanced youth soccer development program for players and teams.

•    8-12 mini cars
•    Motorcycle Drill Team
— Shriners are a fraternity based on fun, fellowship and the Masonic principles of brotherly love, relief, and truth. The organization is in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, the Philippines, Puerto Rico, and the Republic of Panama.
There are 22 Shriners Hospitals for Children that provide care for children under 18 even if they cannot pay, and research, and teaching programs for medical professionals.

Super Trucks Limited by Ernie Aragon
•    1939 Ford Truck COE with 383 Chevy engine

Customized 1939 Ford "Super Truck" by Ernie Aragon

—  Owner Ernie Aragon, known for motorcycle racing, owns more than 40 cars, trucks, and motorcycles, including this truck he acquired from an owner in Michigan when it had a fifth wheel and pulled a moving van. He extended the frame 20-inches, used a ’94 Chevy step van chasis, a Dodge dually rear-end, and added a lift to the bed and cab.

Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation: 35′ dental van

Peter Ulrich: Arcadia Chamber co-chairman of Government Affairs Forum, former City Councilman, and oldest parade entrant at 88 years.

Waste Management: Alternative fuel trash truck

Yan Liang Kung Fu Center
•    Chinese dancing dragon and drums
— Martial arts students of the new school at 921 S. Baldwin Ave. by China Shao Lin Temple 34th Master Shi Yan Liang perform as Chinese dragons to the beat of drums. Students later perform traditional Chinese Shaolin Kung Fu during street festival on First Avenue at Bonita Street.

— By Scott Hettrick


  1. Sheldon Wright says

    Our family attended and our son was one of the many participants. We had a wonderful time. What a first class production. I hope you do this again! Thank you.