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Dapper Day: Sunday's railway rendezvous for the festooned city buff

Photo by Steven Vance via Flickr Creative Commons

Don your dazzling duds and prepare to be debonair because railLA is hosting Dapper Day on the Subway this Sunday, April 29.

A flash mob for the flashy, this romantic railway rendezvous elevates the roaming riffraff of a themed mob into a well-dressed horde of history buffs.

The all-day jaunt is a "whistle stop" adventure through Los Angeles where the crush of commuting makes way for subway elegance.

According to the organizers the event is "part performance art, part cultural experiment," and an attempt to recapture "the lost luxury and convenience of rail travel."

Prettied participants will congregate at 9:30 a.m. by the upstairs platform at the Hollywood/Vine subway station. High life hijinks will ensue following a brief, pre-boarding celebration.

The tour event is free but a $5 Metro Day Pass is required to ride the rails. Bringing cash is advised for optional admissions at some of the stops along the way. Locations and activities include Frank Lloyd Wright's Hollyhock House, Barnsdall Art Park, Union Station, Olvera Street, Heritage Day, Angels Flight and others.

That leaves plenty of time to practice your best "Forget it, Jake" as the train rolls into Chinatown for the final platform. Then it's off to explore after-parties galore.

Check out the official event page for artists, schedules, parking, directions, what to wear, and contact information for railLA, or just follow the festooned antics on Facebook and Twitter.

Taffeta, darling. Taffeta, sweetheart. See you at train. 





Lisa Brenner can be reached via Twitter @lisa_brenner