Daily Breeze: Torrance celebrates 100 years with Sunday’s parade and dedication of Centennial Plaza

By Nick Green

From a kazoo-playing marching band to Zumba dancers, Torrance will have the last 100 years covered at Sunday’s Centennial Plaza dedication and parade.

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More than 80 entries will walk the Old Torrance parade route — motorized entries are not permitted — beginning at noon Sunday. The parade starts at Post Avenue south of Cravens Avenue.

The dedication of Centennial Plaza, which includes a time capsule to be opened a century from now and is the city’s most lasting legacy of the landmark year, will follow the parade at 2p.m. at El Prado Park at El Prado and Cravens avenues.

The $180,000 plaza was financed by the sale of hundreds of $150 personalized bricks.

The parade will include one float — pushed by Torrance Bakery owner Kirk Rossberg — resembling an 8-foot-high cake. Also joining the fun will be dozens of Rotarians, AYSO players and a group of 20 Old Torrance residents playing kazoos.

“They are an old-fashioned instrument — just perfect for an old-fashioned hometown parade,” said Debbie Hays of the Old Torrance Neighborhood Association, which held all of one kazoo practice. “It’s going to be hysterical. I never knew it was so hard to play a kazoo.”

The bakery, an Old Torrance fixture for 28 years, will also hand out 1,500 free cupcakes.

Parking is limited in Old Torrance Sunday, so city officials have set up a free shuttle for paradegoers.

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Jim CaLdwell
Redondo Beach

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