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Join the 'Big Parade' and Bust the Stereotype That Nobody Walks in L.A.

Liz Dwyer

Los Angeles, CA

Back in the early 1980s Missing Persons recorded their classic track “Walking in L.A.” which contained the now infamous line, "only a nobody walks in L.A.". This weekend Angelenos have the chance to prove the stereotype wrong and hit the pavement with The Big Parade, a guided two-day trek through Los Angeles. "It includes about 100 public stairways over 35 miles, from downtown to Mt. Hollywood." The walk is set up so you can do both days or, if you're short on time, you can come for just a mile.

While you're walking, "there's music, art, history, guest speakers, and lots of surprises." It won't cost you a dime unless you stop and buy a snack or lunch, no donations are accepted, and there are no corporate sponsors. It's "just a walk with friends and neighbors." Hint: If you do the second day, you will end up in back of the Griffith Park Observatory, which is pretty epic!

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  • Dan Koeppel

    Thanks for the thing: this year, we changed the end point, so you don't end up in back of the Hollywood Sign. But you still climb a mountain - Mt. Hollywood, above the Griffith Observatory, instead of Mt. Lee, where the sign is.

    • Liz Dwyer

      Oh darn, that's what I get for not looking at the map. Still loads of fun--doing it was one of the best experiences. My sons are looking forward to round 2!