The Glendale Civic Auditorium's plain interior was converted into a fantasy-land of sorts for the party, with aerial artists performing acrobatics from silky sheets suspended from the ceiling, professional dancers doing everything from the Charleston to the tango, and women magically levitating.
Hundreds of dignitaries, city officials and Glendale residents milled about the converted auditorium, sampling delicacies from Glendale restaurants Milano's Cucina Italiana, Damon's, New Moon Restaurant, La Cabanita, Robert's Catering and Porto's Bakery. Band Art Deco set the tone for the evening, playing everything from old standards to modern party music that drew the crowd onto the dance floor. And KNBC-TV Channel 4 weatherman Fritz Coleman performed a comedy bit that had the audience chuckling.
The Glendale Oldtimer's Assn. also saluted the city's birthday at its annual picnic, as did other groups throughout the year.
And the Police Department's 270 sworn officers put away their regular badges in February and instead adorned their uniforms with special centennial commemorative badges. The badges are replicas of the first badge worn by Glendale officers in 1915, and include a special plate that reads "100 YEARS 1906-2006" to honor the momentous occasion.