The month’s festivities kick-off tonight with the Miss Santa Fe Springs Pageant at 7p.m. at the Lake Center Athletic Park. They continue with a carnival beginning Friday at 5 p.m. and running through Sunday at 10p.m. The parade is Saturday at 11a.m. and will start at the Neighborhood Center on Orr & Day Road, traveling south to Florence Avenue and ending at Lake Center Athletic Park. The city’s actual birthday is Tuesday, May 15 at 4:30 p.m. at the Clarke Estate, which was built in 1919 and is located in the civic center area. May 15 was the date of the first council meeting in 1957. Councilwoman Betty Putnam, who moved to Santa Fe Springs with her husband, Marvin, in 1954, recalled how much the city has grown since that first meeting. SANTA FE SPRINGS – Although Santa Fe Springs has been celebrating its golden anniversary since January, this month is when it will hold the bulk of its events, including a parade, pageant and carnival. “We have a lot to be proud of, and we thought we’d do it up right,” Mayor Joseph Serrano said this week about this year’s reinstatement of a birthday parade. Serrano, who has lived in the city since 1952, said that the annual parade became too expensive. But, as he pointed out, 50 years usually comes along only once in a lifetime, even for a city: “It’s an important milestone.” “I remember it was nothing but noise from the oil wells and trains,” she said. “It was very country and had only four stores on Orr & Day.” Both Serrano and Putnam said they are amazed at the progession of the city. “We’re an industrial city,” Serrano said, “And the community strongly supported improvements such as the activity, community and aquatic centers.” Putnam observed that Santa Fe Springs for all its industry has a small town feel, which she attributes to the people who have lived there over the years. “It’s very close-knit,” she said of the 18,500 population. The city grows to almost just under 100,000 during the day with people coming to work. And many of those residents, Serrano said, are so looking forward to the parade that they are planning to camp out on the parade route. “It’s like the Rose Parade,” he said. Although the parade’s grand marshal is being kept a secret, the rest of the line-up has been announced and includes the USC Marching Band the Compton Sounders, the Mexican Drumming Bugle Corp – Colegio de Bachilleres, a bagpipe drum corp from the California Professional Firefighters and many floats and animals. For more information on the festivities, call (562) 863-0580, or email [email protected] [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3028160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!