Parades of the Past

Here’s a glimpse at some of the parades commemorating celebrations in Valley communities:

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Many images of the unique Bethlehem Star Parade have been recently added to the Photo Collection. The Bethlehem Star Parade was a “pageant on wheels” that traveled down Van Nuys Blvd. each Christmas season. Beginning in 1948, floats depicting the nativity were sponsored by Valley churches and civic organizations and built by volunteers in tents set up in Van Nuys. This annual tradition lasted 21 years, and thousands of people watched the 38 floats, featuring tableaus of paper mache sets, costumed characters and live animals, either in person or the television broadcast on KCOP. The parade was cancelled in the late 1960’s. According to the parade’s founder and coordinator James G. Moran, this was due to lack of finances, dwindling interest from the community, and fewer entries from churches.

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5 thoughts on “Parades of the Past

  1. Valerie collins

    Where are pictures of the Northridge Stampede from the 60’s Dr Fishbec marched with it also brownies and Boy Scouts, children from the community dressed up animals and their horses,
    Monty Montana was always a big hit

  2. Jon hendry

    —And don’t forget the “Midnight Sales” in Van Nuys.—

    —Stores would stay open till midnight—Butler Brothers—Grants—Vons—the sky spotlights used for Hollywood movie premieres would scan the skies—everyone would be open to midnight on a Saturday night.


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