Sunday, May 29, 2011

Historic Fletcher Viaduct: The Big Parade 2011

Photo: Donald Duke, probably 1950s.  The center section of the Fletcher Viaduct was replaced with steel in 1927 so Fletcher Drive could be paved.  (Click on photo to enlarge.)  Photo courtesy Pacific Electric Railway Historical Society 
Photo: Jonathan Vandiveer, May 22, 2011.  The Big Parade crossed Fletcher at Riverside Drive and hiked up the pubic staircase noting the remnants of viaduct footings and retaining walls on the Waverly side of the old viaduct.  HOME Restaurant is now on site of the former Curries Ice Cream Shop.  This shot is a fairly close match to the Donald Duke photo above.  (Click on photo to enlarge.)

We've been looking at The Big Parade's trek through the Red Car Property NeighborhoodThe Big Parade is a 2 day, 100+ public staircase hike from Angels' Flight to the Hollywood Sign.

Approximately 75 people, 5 babies and 3 dogs made the trek from Loma Vista Public Staircase to "Antenna Trail" Public Staircase (above) between Fletcher and Waverly.  2011 is the first time The Big Parade took the El Pueblo Trail through most of the Red Car Property between the 2 Freeway and Fletcher Drive

The Big Parade only looped away briefly on the Roselin Public Staircase Complex to Adelbert to see how the public staircases connected the community to the Red Car Trolleys.  (If you want to see what you missed by looping away, see all our "Lot C" related posts.) 

See what else you missed on The Big Parade's Flickr Page.