Location: Los Angeles, CA
The Big Parade is a two-day walk in Los Angeles. It includes about 100 public stairways over 35 miles, from downtown to the Mt. Hollywood.
The walk runs on a timetable, and is designed as a series of attached loops, so that people can come and go as they please - join us for a mile, an hour, or an epic. Along the way, there's music, art, history, guest speakers, and lots of surprises.
The Big Parade is 100% free (except for the pizza...see below.) No donations (again, except for the pizza), no sponsors, no merchandise - just a walk with friends and neighbors.
Despite the length (and uphill nature) of the journey, the Big Parade is meant to live up to its name — an event whose primary purpose is to entertain. The route is filled with talks and performances from local figures, and historical insights into the city's configuration.
The parade's secondary mission is to encourage a sense of community. The parade keeps pace with the slowest walker; and is described as ua simple 'walk with neighbors.
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