Manhattan Beach Centennial Celebration: The Parade, Picnic, and Photo!

Incorporated in 1912, Manhattan Beach is reaching a milestone this year and celebrating 100 years of sun, sand, and sea.

The yearlong Centennial celebration goes into full swing this weekend with three events: The Centennial Parade, The Centennial Picnic, and the 100 Years Group Photo.

The Parade – Saturday, May 19, 10 AM

“The Manhattan Beach Centennial Parade is a celebration of 100 years of Sun, Sand, and Sea with float entries by local organizations as well as local marching bands and classic cars.” One hundred organizations with ties to Manhattan Beach will march down Manhattan Beach Blvd from Pacific Elementary School all the way to Polliwog Park. Follow this link to get details on the route and the groups participating.

To enjoy this event, I would suggest parking at Target at the corner of Sepulveda and Manhattan Beach Blvds and staking out a spot from there. You’ll be close enough to see the bands and classic cars roll by and just a short walk from the next event!

The Picnic – Saturday, May 19, Noon to 3 PM

After the parade, everyone is invited to stay at Polliwog Park for a community picnic. There will be fun and games for the entire family along with music and other entertainment. Bring a blanket and pack a lunch or pick up something from one of the 16 local vendors and food trucks that will be serving, including Rebel Bite and Frysmith.

Visit the official picnic website for the entire list of vendors.

The entire park will be buzzing with activities. Make sure you check out the map and schedule to plan your participation in this once in a lifetime picnic event.

The Photo – Sunday, May 20, Noon

Here’s another chance to make your mark on the history of Manhattan Beach. Smile with thousands of others on the Manahttan Beach peir in this historic group photo.

“This photo will become part of the Manhattan Beach Centennial 2012 Commemorative Book, produced by the Manhattan Beach Historical Society in affiliation with renowned local photographer John Post. The 8.5″ x 11″ hardcover coffee table book, which will be nearly 100 pages, will be the definitive historical record of residents, former residents and lovers of Manhattan Beach as the city turns 100 this year.”

Follow this link for more details!



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