WHITTIER — This city, settled by Quakers and eventually named after the 19th-Century poet John Greenleaf Whittier, will mark its 100th birthday with a series of activities beginning this weekend.
A centennial parade featuring bands and antique cars will get under way at 9:30 a.m. Saturday. The parade will travel from Greenleaf Avenue at Broadway to Central Park, 13200 Bailey St.
A traditional founder's day celebration with entertainment, old-time memorabilia displays, food booths and other special events will continue from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Central Park. Highlights will include the unveiling and dedication of a 7-foot-tall concrete sculpture of the poet Whittier at noon, a founder's day ceremony at 1 p.m. and a birthday party with a 100-foot-long cake at 2:30 p.m.
The celebration will continue at 8 p.m. May 16 with "100 Years of Heritage," an extravaganza to be held at Whittier College Stadium, 13406 E. Philadelphia St. A cast of 3,000 performers will take part in musical numbers featuring authentic costumes and special effects tracing the 100-year life span of the city.