Big Parade LA

The Big Parade 2014 is just hours away - and we’re ready!

Final routes and timetables are posted. You need to look at them, and then ead the Q&A and the How-To page.


DAY ONE is Saturday, May 31. Here’s the map, and here’s a printable (PDF) route guide and event program.

DAY TWO is Sunday, June 1. Here’s the map. Here’s the printable guide and program.

Here’s the How-To - essential for joining us enroute.

Here’s the Q&A, which will keep you from starving, among other things.

You also MUST read our code of civility; joining the Big Parade obligates you to follow these rules. 

And don’t forget Friday’s bonus prologue walk, led by Bob Inman.

Less than one week until the Big Parade!


That means this week - May 19-23 - is when the site gets fully updated with all the info you’ll need to join us with the exception of timetables, which post next week. If you have questions and want live details, please also join our Facebook group. Please see the sidebar for information, as well. Items marked “2014” have been updated. The routes and timetables are still marked “2013.” Final routes will be posted three days before the event, as usual.

The Big Parade 2014 is May 31/June 1—and lots of other walks!

LA’s most epic, free, and fun public walk is on for 2014—May 31 and June 1, 2014; 35 miles, 100 public stairways, music, arts, entertainment, history. The Friday prologue, led by Robert Inman, is on for May 30, 2014. And practice walks to help get you in shape have also been announced for April, and May!

This site—with full info and instructions and maps and schedules—will be updated throughout April and early May 2014. Some of the info in the left sidebar applies to the 2013 Parade.

For more info, join our Facebook group or view the Big Parade Facebook events page (not on Facebook? Watch this space as the dates approach). 

2013 Routes, Timetables, and Program are posted!



The routes and timetables are final. Tons of media mentions and info about the Big Parade: KPCC, Atlantic Cities, NBC-LA, Alissa Walker, TimeOutLA, the Eastsider, Modern Hiker, Daily Beast, KCET, SoCalHiker, and more…

Read those, or cut to the how-to, schedules, list of speakers and entertainers, and detailed info on the event and how you can join us here.

And remember, while we’re walking, you can see where we are - and intercept us - by checking the map links, posted every 15 minutes on the Big Parade twitter feed. 

Two New Epic Walks Scheduled

"Epics" mean routes over ten miles; we traditionally do them on holiday weekends. These are the final Big Parade-organized walks until September, but more our friends are still doing events throughout the summer.

First, the Epics:

JUNE 24, Multiple Mashup: This is an experimental walk that pretty much combines pieces of everything else we’ve done. It starts downtown with ramps and passages; moves into stairways through Angelino Heights and Echo Park; hits the dirt in Elysian Park; then heads along freeway passages to the L.A. River. Total mileage: about 12. 

This walk has lots of options, too: as part of the Los Angeles Design Festival, the first two miles of the route - urban tunnels - will be an easy jaunt, with a looped return for those who’d prefer a shorter option. A second bailout (via bus) will be offered at six miles.

More info on our Facebook event page, here.

July 4:  Flattop/Greenbelt, Version II: n April, we walked my “virtual greenbelt” - fifteen tough miles along the dirt trails of Northeast LA, including the amazing and endangered-by-development Flattop Hill, in Montecito Heights. I’ve reworked the route, made it a little - just a little - less killer, and we’ll walk it on the Fourth of July. This is the last epic until Fall, so don’t miss it!

Facebook event page here.

Regular Walks by Big Parade friends and collaborators:

Bob Inman will be leading walks on Thursday nights throughout the summer.

Dave Ptach organizes the Tuesday night Tomato Pie walk. 

Please check the event links for updates and info.

Bob Inman’s Roving Art Gallery…

For Big Parade 2011 and 2012, Bob Inman - leader of the prologue, my personal stairway guru, and author of “A Guide to the Stairways of Los Angeles” - put together these amazing before/after pix, showing the street scenes we were passing in historic context. Many of the pictures were from his own decades of Southern California shooting; many more came from his father’s collection (Clarence Inman was head photographer for the city’s Department of Parks and Recreation through the 1970s.) 

Unfortunately, some of the pictures were stolen before we got to see them, and the size of the Big Parade 2012 crowds made it difficult to properly show off those that survived. So I’ve reposted them here. If you missed them, have a look and see what you should have seen. (Click to enlarge images.)


To maintain an element of surprise and because we move slowly, we traditionally post the routes and timetables for the current Big Parade about five days prior, so look for them here around May 25, 2014. ALL THE INFO BELOW IS FOR 2013!


Get ready…this is what you need to join the Big Parade (links are to PDF documents.)

  • The HOW-TO, which details how you can join us, what to bring, what to expect, etc.
  • The Day One schedule, which will tell you what you’ll see and when on Saturday, May 18.
  • The Day Two schedule, for Sunday, May 19. If you are joining late in the day, please read the special parking note!
  • The Code of Civilitywhich by participating in the Big Parade you agree to follow.

If you want more specifics, including stairway counts/lists, detailed routing data, or mass transit info, go here for Day One and here for day two.

Saturday will include a kid’s segment; a special segment devoted to ugly buildings; a visit to the Barlow Respiratory Hospital Site in Elysian Parkr; Angelino Heights Victorian architecture; Silverlake; and finally the Music Box Stairs and a free community pot luck supper (please RSVP). Lunchtime music from the Ukelele Orchestra of the Western Hemisphere.

Sunday will include Silverlake, including the urban wilderness of the old Corralitas Red Car Property;  a compact loop of 11 stairways in the Franklin Hills, a walk through Griffith Park and a discussion of parrots with Charles Hood. Lunchtime music from the Swords of Fatima.

And don’t forget, there’s a on Friday, May 17, there’s a prologue walk, led by Bob Inman, if you’re really ready to go.