Hundreds of people are expected to take to the trails around Mt. Rubidoux next week for walks to promote breast cancer awareness and to recognize those who have survived the disease.
The 10th annual “Pink on Parade” is set for 8 a.m. Oct. 16 at Ryan Bonaminio Park, near the foot of Mt. Rubidoux, at 5000 Tequesquite Ave.
“The morning will bring the spirit of Aloha to the top of Mt. Rubidoux, with a Hula and Pasefika dance led by Tala Mai Moana Productions,” according to the Riverside Community Health Foundation. “Additional activities at the base of the route include Inland Empire 4-Wheeler club’s parade of decorated Jeeps … then unveiling of the Riverside Police Department’s new breast cancer awareness vehicle.”
Survivors and their families will be on hand for the event, sharing their stories and offering encouragement to those who may be struggling with the disease.
According to the nonprofit RCHF, which organizes the parades, two walks are planned — a 5K hike up and around Mt. Rubidoux, as well as a 1.8K “Family Fun” trek close to the park.
The Riverside Police Officers’ Association will be hosting a barbecue, and Delirium Brewery will be providing a beer garden, featuring “strong Belgian ale,” organizers said.
“The festivities will then culminate in a dove release ceremony that honors the lives of survivors, `pre-vivors,’ and `meta-vivors,’ and of loved ones who have passed away,” the foundation stated. “This year’s event will truly be one to remember.”
All proceeds raised from the parade will go to the Pink Ribbon Place, Riverside’s first breast cancer resource center, according to organizers.
More information is available at pinkonparade.org.