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The Big Parade Set to Climb Over 100 of LA's Staircases This Weekend

Map Detail of Day 1's Walk | See all the maps and timetables here
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Los Angeles loves stair cases. For health, for efficiency or just the fun of exploring our city, staircases are one of this city's more unique assets. When LAist posts about staircases, the stories balloon in traffic and interest. Remember our exploration of the secret stairs of Hollywood Heights, the Hollywood Bowl and Hollywoodland in Beachwood Canyon. That's just a start. Dan Koeppel of Silver Lake is a writer (he wrote a popular book about Bananas) and has a penchant for LA's staircases. "I've been obsessively walking stairs - and coming up with stairway routes - for about six years, and I wrote a story about my initial 17-mile, 48-stairway walk that appeared in Backpacker magazine in 2003," he explains on the website for this weekend's event.

That event is The Big Parade. A two day, 40 mile walk over one hundred staircases between downtown and the Hollywood Sign. You don't have to do the whole thing or even a full day, think of it as a choose your own adventure (follow on Twitter for real time updates). Everything is explained in painstaking detail by Koeppel on his website, so get your reading glasses on, your shoes ready and join in on the fun!

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