L.A. loves walking, and this weekend’s Big Parade proves it

Stair walk in L.A.Last November we told you about The Great Los Angeles Walk, an event cooked up by a local blogger that invited Angelenos to do something simple but revolutionary: walk in their city.

It has to signal some sort larger cultural change – maybe because the city is tired of being the butt of a tired joke, “nobody walks in L.A.” – that another local blogger has taken it upon himself to put together another walk through the city. Dan Koeppel’s Big Parade L.A. takes place this weekend and spans two days, 35 miles and over 100 urban stairways.

The walks starts on Saturday morning in Downtown at the bottom of Angel’s Flight and ends up at the Hollywood sign on Sunday. Along the way walkers will pass by such sights as The Los Angeles Central Market; Vista Hermosa Park; the Corralitas Red Car site; Echo Park Lake; Elysian Park; Richard Neutra houses in Silverlake; the Fairy Tale Bridge; and the Griffith Observatory.

What’s the point of all this? According to the The Big Parade website, to “celebrate something that has been evident from the start: that L.A. is best seen, experienced, and navigated – not just for fun, but as a day-to-day practice – on foot.”

Participating is free, and you’re invited to walk for as little or long as you like. Maps and timetables will be provided on the website on Thursday, June 10.

Dan isn’t shy about promoting use of Metro to get to the event, and the start of The Big Parade happens to be steps away from the Red/Purple Line Pershing Square Station. Just follow the signs to the 4th Street exit and you’re there at the foot of Angel’s Flight.

Taking a train and then walking – a revolutionary concept in L.A.