626 Golden Streets Open Thread

Some afternoon rain did not prevent huge crowds from enjoying yesterday's 17+mile long 626 Golden Streets event. All photos: Joe Linton/Streetsblog L.A.
Some afternoon rain did not prevent huge crowds from enjoying yesterday's 17+mile long 626 Golden Streets event. All photos: Joe Linton/Streetsblog L.A.

Yesterday’s 17+ mile 626 Golden Streets open streets festival was the longest route in L.A. County history, and possibly in the United States. Tens of thousands of people enjoyed walking, running, bicycling, dancing, skating and more.

Gray cloudy morning skies at 626 Golden Streets in San Marino
Gray cloudy morning skies at 626 Golden Streets in San Marino

It was only the second L.A. County open streets event to see some rain. Scattered showers dampened the beginning of the October 2015 Heart of L.A. CicLAvia, too. Yesterday in the San Gabriel Valley, it started off at a cold and cloudy 9 a.m. Around 12:30 p.m. scattered drops of rain began. These built into a serious, but not massive, rain storm within an hour. A lot of participants cleared out at that time. Folks who stayed long enough saw the storm pass over and the sun poke out around 2:30 p.m. just in time for the last half hour of Golden Streets.

Despite the elements (including a delay due to fires last summer), all in all the event was well attended and enjoyed by large crowds.

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There were lots of great Star Wars cosplayers on the Golden Streets route
Zumba at Golden Streets in South Pasadena
Zumba at Golden Streets in South Pasadena
Tall bike on Huntington Drive at 626 Golden Streets
Tall bike on Huntington Drive at 626 Golden Streets
626 Golden Streets on the pleasant tree-lined Garfield Avenue in South Pasadena
626 Golden Streets on the pleasant tree-lined Garfield Avenue in South Pasadena
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Cyclists of all ages enjoying 626 Golden Streets
Riders started thinning as overcast skies turned to rain at 626 Golden Streets
Riders started thinning as overcast skies turned to rain at 626 Golden Streets

Readers – how was your 626 Golden Streets experience? Share in the comments below.

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