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Parade to Mark Monterey Park's 99th Birthday Saturday

  • By David Barron

The sun is expected to be shining when Monterey Park's Annual Play Days Parade, marking the city's 99th birthday, gets underway at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 16, down Garvey Avenue through the historic heart of the city.

Bill Sanchez, World War II POW hero, will be Grand Marshal of the city parade. He will be joined by the Teenage Mutant Ninga Turtles van in heading a line up of 150 marking units that includes bands, celebrities, city officials, horses, drill teams and local community organizations. Former Mayor Francisco Alonzo will be honored as the "Honorary Grand Marshal."

A number of school groups will be participating in the parade and acting out historical scenes from Monterey Park's past.

The Play Days Parade starts at  the intersection of Garvey and Alhambra streets and travels west to the reviewing stand at McPherrin Street and then south to Barnes Park.

At Barnes Park, the ball park and tennis court will be filed with carnival rides, an entertainment stage and food and game booths sponsored by community groups. Entertainment begins tonight (Friday), and continues Saturday and Sunday in the tennis court area. The starting activities were curtailed on Thursday night because of El Nino like rain storms.

Monterey Park was incorporated in 1916. The city is moving ahead with plans for special events and programs to celebrate the city's centennial.

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