Not even stampeding elephants could rain on Linda Barnes' parade.
When Barnes and a group of her neighbors held their first Burbank on Parade in 1982, they were entering unknown territory. The city's Easter parade was a small affair on Third Street — a far cry from the pomp and circumstance of the parade in the early 1950s that celebrated the return of troops from World War II.
Nearly three decades had passed and Barnes and her friends found themselves watching the Easter parade and thought — no, knew — they could do better. With friend Sandy Dennis, who remembered the post-war parades of old, Barnes and others began finding sponsors, raising money and spending the entire year securing acts that would march down Olive for the 1982 return of Burbank on Parade.