Leading concrete trucks through downtown Los Angeles on Saturday may not be a typical parade for the USC Trojan Marching Band, but it could be a record-breaker. The unusual pageant will kick off the pour for the foundation of the 73-story, 1,100-foot tall Wilshire Grand Center, which when completed will be the tallest building west of the Mississippi.
According to architect and builder Chris Martin, the project will attempt to set a Guinness World Record for the largest ever continuous concrete pour with 21,200 cubic yards filling the 100-foot deep foundation over 20 hours.
The parade will begin at 4 p.m. at the corner of Figueroa Street and West 7th Street. Playing traditional USC fight songs, the Trojan Marching Band will lead the concrete trucks up Figueroa, turning left onto Wilshire Boulevard. The procession will end at the northern corner of the construction site at Wilshire and Francisco Street.
After a short ceremony with dignitaries, including Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Korean Air CEO and USC Trustee Yang Ho Cho MBA ’79 will officially initiate the first pour of concrete. The band will close the proceedings with a performance of “Conquest.”
The public can watch the ceremony from a viewing area at 1000 Wilshire Blvd.