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Pasadena Chalk Festival

Pasadena Chalk Festival remains huge draw for Father’s Day weekend

PASADENA >> Hundreds of artists are hunched over their masterpieces-in-progress this weekend as the colorful Father’s Day tradition known as the Pasadena Chalk Festival returns to the Paseo Colorado shopping mall through Sunday.

The massive celebration of chalk street drawings, named the largest street art festival in the world by the Guinness World Records in 2010, continues to draw hundreds of artists and tens of thousands of visitors. It’s sponsored by the Light Bringer Project, a Pasadena-based charity dedicated to arts education.

Last year, “the festival enjoyed its widest and most diverse participation, including artists from out-of-state, and even as far away as Via de San Giovanni della Paglia, Italy!” organizers said in a written statement.

From fanciful cartoons to replicas of classic paintings, themes of the artworks on display on the grounds of the Paseo Colorado, 300 E. Colorado Blvd., range from still life to surreal.

Awards will be presented in various categories Sunday night, and art lovers will have a chance to bid on smaller versions of the their favorite artists’ works on canvases.

And also keeping with tradition, the 24th Pasadena Chalk Festival was held in conjunction with the Pasadena Police Classic Car show, with proceeds benefitting the Pasadena Police Activities League, the Peace Over Violence organization and the Pasadena Police Explorer Post.

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