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Fourth of July on Pepper Drive: Pedal Pushers, Puppies on Parade

A tradition for more than half a century, Altadena's Pepper Drive Fourth of July Parade featured kids, music, neighbors, and nosh

The Pepper Drive Fourth of July Parade started back in 1959 (or 1960, depending on who you ask). The tradition took a breather for a couple of years, but resident Monica Hubbard brought it back to life in 1973.

“So what can we expect?” I asked her, trotting alongside as we followed the action.

“Children, children on bikes, scooters, skateboards. Neighbors. You never know who will show up or what to expect.”

“Music?”

“Could be. We may have a tuba, flute, drums. My husband Tom plays the washboard. Some years we have an equestrian unit.”

“An equestrian unit – what does that mean?”

“A horse,” she laughed.

We had it all – a respectable equestrian unit of at least four horses, around 200 people, dogs, food, and a marching band.

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