Each year the parade features a theme that explores the neighborhood of Echo Park and helps inspire ideas for the artwork contest as well as parade floats. This year’s theme is “Golden Memories of Echo Park” and commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Echo Park Community Parade. The Grand Marshal and Parade Ambassadors nominated and chosen this year with that theme in mind.
The 2017 Grand Marshal is Arthur Goldberg, who has for over 40 years running his law practice, the Working People’s Law Center of Echo Park, serving the less economically privileged members of the communitity.
Isa-Kae Meksin, a long-time Echo Park resident, retired school teacher and activist
The Hollywood Sunset Free Clinic, a nearly 50-year-old free, nonprofit health care facility
Taix French Restaurant, family owned and operated for 90 years
Aurora Ramirez who has dedicated her Friday evenings to running the free children’s art table at the Echo Park Farmers’ Market, along with multiple other volunteer accomplishments.