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In toon with annual parade

April 11, 2001

Tim Willert

MAGNOLIA PARK -- Burbank on Parade is gearing up for its annual run

down Olive Avenue later this month, and organizers have enlisted one of

the city's newest tenants to spice up the show.

Cartoon Network, which opened its Burbank production facility in May,

will co-sponsor the April 28 parade and lend some of its animated stars

to the festivities.

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The "Powerpuff Girls" is one of the network's most popular animated

shows and its cartoon heroines will be the grand marshals of this year's

parade, the theme of which is "Toon Into Burbank."

"We thought we would salute the media, which is a pretty big industry

in Burbank," said Joanne Miller, event chairwoman. "We really do want to

put the spotlight on Cartoon Network and welcome them to the

neighborhood."

An estimated 20,000 people are expected to line the 1-mile parade

route, which runs up Olive Avenue from Lincoln to Lomita streets.

The Powerpuff Girls -- Blossom, Buttercup and Bubbles -- will be

accompanied by other Cartoon Network characters, including Dexter from

"Dexter's Laboratory."

As many as 10 floats, including entries from the Pasadena Tournament

of Roses and the Burbank Girl Scouts, will be joined by several marching

bands and equestrian teams.

"It's fun, and the kids enjoy it," said Barbara Bartman, a longtime

parade volunteer. "It's nice to see the kids have something to look

forward to."

Marching bands from John Burroughs High and Luther Burbank Middle

School will play, along with bands from Chino, Lancaster, Whittier and El

Monte.

The parade route ends near George Izay Park, 1111 W. Olive Ave., where

an awards ceremony, antique car exhibit and craft show will follow.

"Everybody loves Burbank," Miller said. "It's a small town that

everybody wants to be a part of. Many of the parade participants and

viewers are Burbank natives."

IF YOU GO

* WHAT: 20th Annual Burbank on Parade

* WHEN: 11 a.m. April 28.

* WHERE: Olive Avenue, between Lincoln and Lomita streets.

* COST: Admission is free.

* INFO: Call 841-2345 or 846-8910 for information.

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