Do you high tail up the 117 or so steps of the graceful staircase at for some cardio? On your jaunt up and down the minimalist stairs at , do you carry a shopping bag full of shoes in each hand for a personal fitness challenge? Perhaps the vibe of is more your style, and sprinting up and down the high-tech flight to the second floor gets your blood pumping.
Whether you’re a regular stair master, a frequent city explorer or you just like to walk and talk, the Big Parade LA this Saturday and Sunday is just your speed.
Starting in downtown Los Angeles and finishing at the Hollywood sign above Beachwood Canyon over the course of two days, the Big Parade LA is a community event, history lesson and urban adventure rolled into one. It covers about 35 miles and dozens of stairways (including the 237 steps of Baxter Street in Echo Park) along secret, but public paths and through hidden parks. Historian and author Dan Koeppel created and organized this mind-boggling feat because of his love for the city. And it’s completely free. Koeppel emphasizes on his website that this is not a race, but a community walk where everyone stays together as a group with a variety of segments—including one that’s family and kid friendly—so that walkers of all ages and levels of fitness can join in at specific times.
OK, it’s way east of La Cienega, but that’s half the adventure. Warm up with a stroll at our Affaire in the Gardens, and then check out the Big Parade schedule. Follow them on Twitter so you can jump in at any point.
Remember: You can skip the pricy gyms and climb the stairs instead of stepping into an elevator for a cardio workout. This will saves energy while working leg muscles. Twenty flights of stairs are equal to about one mile. With many of our Beverly Hills office buildings about five stories, it’s easy to get to the top in this town. Just walk it.