After a Five-Year Break, the Party Returns to the Colorado Street Bridge

Music and more were found at the Colorado Street Bridge Party on Saturday, July 15. Photo by Jon K

Pasadena Heritage, the city’s historic preservation organization, hosted its signature event, the Colorado Street Bridge Party, on Saturday, July 15. It was the first time the gathering has been held in five years. The historic bridge was the site of the event – closed to traffic for the evening – which included live music, food and spirits from nearby restaurants, plus a classic car show and kids’ activities such as face painting, giant games, a drum circle and rock-climbing wall.

Top-notch entertainment included the Upstream (featuring Haile Blackman from Trinidad), which performed a popular reggae and Caribbean set to a dance stage full of party-goers, as well as the high-energy, rockin’ soul sounds of Pasadena locals Mercy and the Merkettes, another crowd favorite. Pristine classic cars on view included a 1936 MG, 1948 Olds Woody Wagon and 1969 Pontiac GTO Judge. 

The Colorado Street Bridge Party dates back to 1978 and all funds raised go to support Pasadena Heritage’s historic preservation programs and advocacy throughout the city.

For more information and the date of the next Bridge Party, visit

Submitted by Jon K, staff member