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Duarte Celebrates the 23rd Anniversary of the Route 66 Parade and the City's 62nd Year of Incorporation at Annual Picnic and Classic Car Show September 28

Immortalized in literature, music, and film, towns along historic Route 66 have produced famous American icons; Duarte is no exception. This year’s Annual Route 66 Parade, Saturday, September 28 starting at 10 a.m. will honor those special persons as part of its theme, “Honoring Hometown Heroes.” Spectators are sure to spot their favorite local heroes waving from the floats including community grand marshals, the DHS Girls Varsity Volleyball past and present champions, Head Coach Irene Sunabe and her staff.  The annual Duarte City Picnic and Classic Car Show at Royal Oaks Park will immediately follow the event from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

To the delight of his many fans, this year’s Grand Marshal will be actor, voice actor and game show host for America Says John Michael Higgins. Higgins’ film and television credits include several Christopher Guest’s “mockumentaries,” the role of David Letterman in HBO’s The Late Shift, and a starring role in the American version of Kath & Kim. Higgins is also known locally as an active parent of his son who is studying at CSArts-SGV. 

The Route 66 Parade, co-sponsored by the City of Duarte, the Route 66 Parade Committee, HumanGood, and the Duarte Community Coordinating Council begins at the northeast corner of Huntington Dr. and Cotter St. proceeds east for one mile ending at Mt. Olive Dr. Some 1,400 entries including antique and classic cars, schools, churches, equestrians, hogs and marching bands will take part in the event. High school bands from throughout Southern California will also compete for trophies.  

Following the Route 66 “Hometown Heroes” Parade, continue the day at Duarte’s 62nd Anniversary Picnic celebration at Royal Oaks Park 2627 Royal Oaks Dr. from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Enjoy dozens of food and display booths, live music and entertainment on both the main Celebration and Children’s Stages. Other attractions include a wine and beer garden and an Inflatable Attraction Park! Additionally, local musical talent, Duarte Dance Team, parade marching band awards, and the “Let’s Move Duarte” program, featuring health and nutrition providers, displays, exercise stations, fitness tests, and nutritional information will thrill for hours of fun!

Car enthusiasts and the whole family can get their kicks at the Route 66 Vintage Car Show across from Royal Oaks Park at the park extension. The car show offers attendees an opportunity to take a close-up look at some of the many beautiful antique and classic cars featured in the parade. Additionally, antique engines featuring a variety of working motors will be on display.

For information about the Route 66 Parade, contact Lois Gaston at (626) 827-6732 or via email at For information about the City Picnic and car show, contact Duarte City Hall at (626) 357-7931.

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