Come to a Bridge Party

Jun 18, 2012

Photo by Michael J. Lynch

No, not bridge as in the ever-popular, but rather mysterious card game (for those of us growing up in the second half of the 20th century), but as in the Colorado Street Bridge.

This birthday party, to celebrate 35 years of Pasadena Heritage, will be held Saturday, July 14th with the Pasadena Scottish Pipes and Drums acting as the pied piper, leading guests from Orange Grove onto the bridge of honor.

Celebrating this historic Pasadena bridge means celebrating all things Pasadenan, starting with three bands that had their genesis at Pasadena High Schools—Abacuda Beartail from Blair H.S., Stinky Felix from P.H.S., and the Mighty Mustangs from Muir H.S. The local staple, Snotty Scotty and the Hankies, will perform with Horses on Astroturf, while the last stage will feature Crane Lake Serenaders and Mercy and the Merkettes.

When the bridge was first opened in 1913, “it was hailed as a critical link for automobiles to travel across the Arroyo Seco to Los Angeles.” In honor of that, there will be a vintage car show which will include a 1949 Plymouth Woodie, a 1960 Corvette Convertible, and a 2007 Studebaker Avanti.

Children will be able to clamor inside and aboard police and fire department vehicles, decorate cookies, enjoy animals from the Humane Society, participate in science and GymnastiKids activities, and create with giant building blocks.

The munchies can be assuaged by Rasta Taco, the Oinkster, Teri & Yaki, and Akbar Cuisine, just to name a few. Local fermenters Craftsman Brewing and Eagle Rock Brewery will have hand-crafted beers on tap and wine afficionados can indulge in the creations from San Antonio Winery. For those of the cocktail persuasion, try Stirrings Mojitos & Martinis.

This event is an important fundraising event for Pasadena Heritage who “held its first parties on the bridge in the 1970s and early 80s to call attention to its state of disrepair.” After many, many years the bridge was seismically upgraded and restored. Monies raised for Pasadena Heritage also help the organization “continue to advocate for endangered buildings, provide referrals and consultations, and offer educational programs including architectural tours, lectures, and Craftsman Weekend.”

Colorado Street Bridge 35th Birthday Party
Saturday, July 14th, 6-11 p.m.
Tickets on sale now; visit



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