Petersen plans President’s Day parade through LA

Petersen plans President’s Day parade through LA

Museum celebrates LA’s love with the car and Hollywood with vehicle parade past landmarks

As part of its 25th anniversary celebration and to thank Los Angeles for its love affair with movies and the automobile, the Petersen Automotive Museum will stage a President’s Day parade past LA landmarks on February 18.

Beginning at 10 a.m., the parade will feature the Little Miss Sunshine Volkswagen bus, the anti-hero Jaguar XKR from the Bond movie Die Another Day and other movie cars. It will be led by the Chrysler Imperial Parade Phaeton used by presidents and such dignitaries as the Apollo 11 astronauts.

Howard Hughes owned this Chrysler converted into a camera-carrying car | Petersen museum photos

The parade begins in Playa Vista and will pass the Santa Monica Pier, Rodeo Drive and the Hollywood Walk of Fame. There also will be a 20-minute stop on Abbott Kinney Boulevard in Venice so people can take pictures with the car. 

The cars are scheduled to return to the Petersen at 1 p.m. and will be on display on the third floor of the museum parking garage.

Also in the parade will be the 1951 Chrysler camera car formerly owned by Howard Hughes, the 1966 Chrysler Imperial “Black Beauty” from the Green Hornet television series, the 1999 Volkswagen New Beetle convertible from Austin Powers’ The Spy Who Shagged Me, the Honda S2000 from 2 Fast 2 Furious, and others.

Chrysler Imperial Parade Phaeton carried presidents, astronauts and others

“The Petersen would not be what it is today without the steadfast support of the Los Angeles community,” museum executive director Terry Karges was quoted in the museum’s announcement.

“For 25 years, we have strived as an organization to captivate the hearts of Angelenos, igniting within them a passion for the automobile. Because Hollywood is such an important aspect of our community, the parade will serve as a fun tribute to the industry on which Los Angeles was built upon.”

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  • Malcolm Graham
    February 16, 2019, 12:17 AM

    I visited the Petersen Museum during a three month tour of US car museums and classic car dealers in 2015.
    I was impressed with everything I saw but a little pleasantly surprised to see vehicles with a New Zealand connection: Bruce Mclaren was a Kiwi and John Britten created his fampus ra e bikes in a workshop less tban 200 meyres from mine in central Christchutch