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Full Monrovia Day Calendar

With a busy weekend ahead for the 126th anniversary of the city, check out this list of events to plan your celebrations.

The following calendar was compiled by the Monrovia :

Monrovia Day Celebration of Monrovia’s Birthday Saturday, May 19.

  • 7 a.m.- Monrovia 7 mile run/walk
  • 10 a.m.- Monrovia Day Parade, Myrtle Avenue Sponsored by Post Alarm Systems
  • 12 p.m.- Activities in including and activities in Old Town
  • 11:45 a.m. – Cupcake Contest presented by the of Monrovia, drop off cupcakes between 11:45 & 12:15 for judging which begins at 12:30 p.m. Library Park Kiwanis Booth
  • 1 p.m.- Monrovia city-wide spelling bee
  • 4 p.m.- Concert in Library Park
sarah May 16, 2012 at 03:40 AM
Monrovia Day now is such a disgrace. People used to look forward to Monrovia Day and it used to be such a big thing, now they could care less. Next year Monrovia needs to bring back how it used to be in the '90s and early '00s, make people look forward to it again.
Nathan McIntire (Editor) May 16, 2012 at 04:29 PM
Well how did it used to be?
jimenez May 16, 2012 at 06:50 PM
They use to have two parades, Wednesday was the kick off parade and Saturday was the big parade. Wednesday would also be the beginning of the carnival which took place at Library Park. Those were so much fun... They had Huge Turnouts.
Richard Christy May 16, 2012 at 09:16 PM
That was a different time. We had a mostly beloved government, an iconic mayor, and a thoughtful school board. The city came together to save our foothills and improve our downtown. Citizens actively expressed their love for this city. I think Monrovia pride peaked at that point. Now tehy just keep an eye on Zillow and hope a nice house comes up for sale in another city.
Dianna Moraga May 16, 2012 at 11:39 PM
I think that the city has changed with the times. It's not a good thing but it's not a horrible crime. I miss the festival in the park, huge turn outs for the day parade and the formal royal court. P.S I was on the court along with my twin sister in 2002 and I'm sadden by the turn of events and how we as a town do not have an outlet like the royal court anymore for our teen girls.
Jill Ramirez May 17, 2012 at 03:27 AM
We purchased our home here in part because of those All American activities. From the Christmas Parade, and bringing in the snow on Olive for the kids to play in. The Weekend long events for Monrovia Days kicking off with a parade, the Soap Box Derby, Chili Cookoff, carnival in the park and if I recall even had a night time event for the adults similar to a beer/wine tent that they set up in front of the library. Sadly I dont look forward to any of these events anymore.
Tim Macias May 17, 2012 at 04:57 AM
Yes Monrovia Days is not what is use to be, The Satruday Monrovia Days parade once started at rougly Alta Vista and Foothill and ran all the way to Myrle and Olive, With the kick off parade following the christmas parade route. Now hardly anyone comes out for the parade. The carnival was stopped due to having to many complaints about the about the carinval goers. The country fair should come back and include a pie eating contest, Tug a war, Potato sack races.
Sandy Hollifield May 18, 2012 at 02:09 AM
True Monrovia Day is not the same and that is the shame of it. Before the carnival was in Library Park it was held at Recreation Park. Those were great times for all of us. I too had famiy members on the Monrovia Day Court . . . in the 1950's, my Aunt Stella Ochoa, in the 60's my twin sister Cindy Ochoa, in the 70's my cousin Chris Ochoa, in the 80's my daughter Joanne Phinney and in the 90's my daughter Kim Phinney. One event that hasn't made print is the Monrovia High School All Class Reunion, sponsored by the Monrovia High School Alumni Association, that will be held after the Monrovia Day Parade at the High School in the Friendship Circle and Cafeteria. This is an open house drop by and visit event. We haven't had the event since the construction started at the High School a few years ago and we only hold it every other year.
Pam Lotz May 18, 2012 at 03:48 AM
It's been awhile since I've been to a Monrovia Days Parade. I am bringing my family this year and then attending the MHS All Class Reunion afterwards. I remember those days you are all talking about and change is hard but all of those things take a lot of work. Maybe if you all work together to bring it back, it might happen? I wish I could buy a house in Monrovia. I will always love Monrovia. Pam Lotz
Tricia Hobbs May 18, 2012 at 08:52 PM
I too remember the “good old days”. Back when every child in town was either in the parade or on the route watching it. Marching bands, drill teams and drum corps came from near and far to compete. The Monrovia Day court and its queen graced their own float. There were horses and cool cars carrying dignitaries. MYBL took the morning off from games so the teams could ride or walk in the parade. For years, after the parade there was a carnival to attend. Then came the Soap Box Derby, people came from far and wide for that competition. I think the creation of the Fountain to the Falls Race is a start in the right direction. I am also looking forward to the dunk tank this year. Any other ideas out there? Like Pam said, we all have to remember that events like these take dozens of volunteers, committees and time to make it happen. Are you willing to help? Let’s hope the city hears our longing and continues to improve.
Brad Hori May 19, 2012 at 05:09 PM
I miss the soap box derby too. I can't think of too many cities that have one and remember that it was a big deal for the kids (and adults too!) I use to purchase a tee shirt every year, but I haven't been able to find those and haven't really been back. It's nice that Monrovia puts on a parade but us old folk miss the good-O-days! I saw my neighbors Cyndi and Gregory coming back from the Fountain to the Falls race, so that's nice to see them enjoying the day. The pancake breakfast the week before is a little funky too, 2 on the same day. What's with that?

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