The Parrots of Pasadena
The Parrots of Pasadena or should I say South Pasadena. Here’s my story:
SoCalRunning.com member Eric told me there were parrots in Pasadena. I said, “You mean the green ones? Are you crazy? Don’t parrots come from places like the Mexican jungle. He said, “Yes but no” and told me a story about a Pasadena pet store that caught fire when a good samaritan ran into the store and started opening cages of the animals. He said, some parrots were freed and now we have over 1000. It sounded too goo to be true so I went home and looked it up on the internet and here’s what I learned.
Urban legend or not?
The parrots are mentioned on the official City of Pasadena web site and here’s what it says. “Naturalized parrots are frequently seen and heard around Pasadena. According to local legend, many were released during a 1959 fire which destroyed Simpson’s Gardenland and Bird Farm in Pasadena. Some of the parrots were probably pets that escaped or were set free. Some may have been released by smugglers attempting to avoid arrest. One common breed is the Red-crowned parrot.”
I am writing this to say, it is so cool to be running and riding around South Pasadena while seeing and hearing these green birds. They can be noisy and I know they really bug some people yet I love being around these odd birds. They fly in packs or flocks and hang out in lots of local trees. They just add a special spirit, color and noise to my runs. Maybe one day they’ll ask me how my run is going and I’ll respond, Polly want a cracker.”
Train Focused, Steve Mackel USA Triathlon Coach