The Whittier High band and youngsters from Claylee’s Dance Studio in Uptown entertained the audience gathered around the park’s gazebo, while visitors snacked on bratwurst, strawberry shortcake and thick pieces of soft bread slathered with fresh butter and sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar. Guests were also drawn to the antique cars and farm equipment, as well as booths with information on the Whittier Historical Society, the Friends of the Whittier Hills and the Whittier Conservancy. Although the event was meant to celebrate the city’s founding, Whittier was actually established 120 years ago – but the first Founder’s Day event didn’t take place until 1894, city employee Stacy Gonzales said. “This is put together as a sort of remembrance of things that people used to do,” Gonzales added. “We think the actual date \ is May 10, but this is Whittier’s 120th year of existence.” The parade’s grand marshals were Charles and Mary Hanson, longtime community activists. WHITTIER – It was back to the 1800s in Uptown Whittier on Saturday, where hundreds of residents and visitors savored the taste of freshly churned butter and lined the streets for a hometown parade at the 113th annual Founders Day Celebration. “It’s so nice seeing everybody in a brighter mood today with the music and performances and the young people,” said Farida Ali, 68, who attended the event with friends from the Whittier Senior Center. “This is the second time I’ve attended, and I just love this place,” Ali added. “It makes us seniors happy to be able to see all these young people around, having a good time.” The event began at City Hall at 9:30 a.m., with a small parade led by the Whittier High School band that made its way north on Friends Avenue for three blocks. It ended at Central Park, where dozens of organizations and agencies dotted the area with information and vendor booths. “Thank you all for the honor of being named grand marshals for Whittier’s 120th anniversary,” Mary Hanson told the crowd. “When we arrived here in 1951, we decided Whittier was going to be our home because we figured that a city named after a poet couldn’t be that bad,” she added. “Today, it is still home to wonderful people like yourselves – so thank you for this honor.” [email protected] (562) 698-0955 Ext. 3051 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!