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The Big Parade / Los Angeles 2009

laurel hardy staircase music box
Chango Coffee Shop
1559 Echo Park Avenue
Los Angeles,

The Big Parade is a two-day walk through Los Angeles led by Silver Lake resident and author Dan Koeppel, who has been climbing and investigating the city's many forgotten staircases for the past six years. The trek begins downtown on Saturday, July 17, at the foot of the city's landmark—though currently defunctfunicular railway, Angel's Flight. Koeppel's tour will cover approximately forty miles and 135 stairways, and will include a (sadly, full) campout at the midpoint—the famously steep stairway battled by Laurel & Hardy in their Oscar-wnning 1932 short film The Music Box.

Some other highlights from the journey:

- A paddleboat traverse of Echo Park Lake.
- A "backcountry" bushwhack along a secret dirt road between Silverlake and Echo Park.
- A cross-country segment that runs through Griffith Park.
- Landmarks that are famous, not-so-famous, infamous, and just-plain-weird (over thirty of them, mapped and ready for viewing).
- A marching band.
- Visits with community groups and local organizations.


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