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Memorial Day weekend and the first Friday of December are times of great excitement among residents and visitors to La Cañada Flintridge, as the community gathers to celebrate.

Maybe you have been one of the thousands who have enjoyed the Annual Fiesta Days and Memorial Weekend celebration in previous years. This four-day festival is the signature event for the city and is organized and sponsored by the La Cañada Flintridge Chamber of Commerce.

Prior to La Cañada Flintridge’s incorporation in 1976, several business leaders wanted to call attention to this wonderful area of the county, and it was decided to celebrate residents’ Spanish heritage with a Cinco de Mayo festival. Once La Cañada Flintridge was incorporated, Fiesta Days was moved to the Memorial Day weekend so that the number of days increased and the number of activities expanded. Today the celebration honors both local veterans’ sacrifice and the community’s Spanish heritage and is known for unequaled family fun, food, fireworks and a parade that brings out thousands each year. This year marks the 45th annual Fiesta Days event.

For information on sponsorship or entering the parade, call (818) 790-4289 or visit www.lacanadaflintridge.com.

Each December for the past 20 years, the coming of winter has also been celebrated. Its arrival is heralded with Festival in Lights, which is also organized by the Chamber of Commerce. Eight tons of snow is trucked in to give added atmosphere to the arrival of Santa and his live reindeer. Santa is escorted into town by the Los Angeles County Fire and Sheriff’s Departments. Soon after he arrives, Santa flips a switch and illuminates the plethora of lights in Memorial Park and beyond.

For more information about these special events, visit www.lacanadaflintridge.com.