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Festivities on tap for Santa Monica Pier's 100th birthday

September 9, 2009 |  9:07 am

Pier The Santa Monica Pier turns 100 today.

The festivities began this morning with a multi-faith blessing of the pier, led by Westside religious leaders. This evening, there will be a rededication ceremony, including a ribbon-cutting and group photograph underneath the pier sign; musical performances; and the first major fireworks show in Santa Monica Bay in more than 18 years.

City officials are encouraging the public to walk, ride their bikes or take the Big Blue Bus to the celebration. To reduce traffic congestion, parking at all beach lots will increase to $20 after 2 p.m. today. And it will cost $15 to park in city-owned parking lots in downtown Santa Monica after 6 p.m.

The southbound lanes on Ocean Avenue to Colorado Avenue and the left-turn lanes on westbound Colorado will be closed to traffic between about 5 and 7 p.m.

Read about the pier’s legacy in today’s Times.

-- Alexandra Zavis

Photo: Wrapped in a blanket, a couple takes in the sunset at the Santa Monica Pier recently.

Credit: Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times

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