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More ‘Hollywood’

Parade organizers give event more pizazz, with celebrities from all age ranges and principals on a double-decker bus.

April 22, 2009|By Joyce Rudolph

A Hollywood premiere-style kick off and Disney Channel star power are part of the glitz planned for Burbank on Parade beginning its trek down Olive Avenue at 11 a.m. Saturday.

The theme, Burbank on Parade Goes Hollywood, is perfect for a parade in this city because of all the media here, said parade President Linda Barnes.

“We are the center almost of the entertainment industry,” she said. “We have Disney, NBC for now, Warner Bros. and Universal City at our doorstep. And we have a lot of post-production houses here. We’re more Hollywood than Hollywood.”

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The parade committee has organized what it thinks will be a glitz-and-glam opening much like a Hollywood premiere, said parade Chairman Keith Kaminski.

“We have the color guard on horses followed by a fleet of five limousines with celebrity look-a-likes — Marilyn Monroe, Lucille Ball, Charlie Chaplin and Shirley Temple,” he said.

Also riding in style will be King Features cartoon characters Betty Boop and Mrs. Plumm, Kaminski said.

Next is the horse, Music of the Night, that will be dressed up with top hat and tails.

“It’s the biggest, most regal horse we have,” Kaminski said.

The John Burroughs High School dance team will be carrying 9-foot-tall letters on wheels that spell Burbank in the same style lettering as the Hollywood sign, he said. The dance team will be pushing them and doing simple choreography while other girls on the team do a rousing routine.

Behind that, the combined marching bands of John Burroughs and Burbank high schools will be playing the song “Hooray for Hollywood.”

“We’re trying to energize it,” Kaminski said about the parade. “The complaint we keep getting is that it’s the same old thing every year.”

Some people say they are tired of seeing the City Council, school board members and state officials, he added, while others say they want to keep them in the parade.

“So were are trying to incorporate everyone’s wishes but make it more exciting,” Kaminski said.

The 16-member committee was able to get teen heartthrob Jason Dolley as grand marshal.

He is best known for his role of Newton “Newt” Livingston III on the Disney Channel’s original series “Cory in the House.”

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