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A Different Kind of Parade

With this being a holiday week, as well as several events calling for political actions, we’ve seen more of our share of people parading through the streets. However, do people walk in mass just for fun? Do we have to wait for a holiday or be compelled by a human rights violation, or a charity  to take a casual walk around the streets? Today’s video shows that people can and do walk in mass, for the sake of walking and seeing sites as a group.

Today’s Video Friday and as I come to the end of my 30 day NaBloPoMo experience, I want to thank everyone that has read and shared my posts this month and for the past four years. For the first time, I’ve collected some of my major thoughts into a book. On Monday, I’ll be releasing the e-book, which you can grab for just $10 right here. And yes, for those who’ve been asking, there will be a Kindle version and a printed version coming in the next few weeks.

In addition to participating in NaBloPoMo, I’ve partnered with City Walk, a program that airs on KCET in Los Angeles, that highlights how people walk all across the nation. I thought initially I’d highlight a video of a marketplace today, but I think this one’s even better.

The Big Parade is a mass walking tour organized by Dan Koeppel, who among a multitude of accomplishments, has found time to create walking tours of many of the staircases in Los Angeles. He first mapped out a route in 2003 and started doing smaller tours. In 2011, these grew into The Big Parade, which draws hundreds of people and features special events and entertainment along the walking route.

Enough introduction, I think it’s best that you check out what they are up to yourself, as they head out on what I believe is the 2013 walk. The big 2014 walk was held at the end of May and if you want to join next year, bookmark this page to find out new information. They’re doing a anti-Black Friday walk today, in case you want to follow along on Twitter In the meantime, check out the video by clicking on the image below:

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