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Trip Report Everything's Coming Up Roses - Rose Parade in Photos & Words

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This sort of piggybacks on Faina's thread. I have been to something like 28 Rose Parades (I stopped counting as I reached middle age). I've never actually gone to the parade and taken a lot of photos, so I thought this year would be a good time to start. The photos range from early morning (before the parade when you can walk down the street and see the floats close up) to the actual parade.

Below is the start of my "Rose Parade" trip report, but after a few paragraphs, you should look at the photos that go with the writing on the link provided below.

"When you grow up and live in the Pasadena area for most of your 60 years, there is no way to escape going to the Rose Parade. Believe me, I know! I’m not sure exactly how many Rose Parades I’ve been to in my life, but I am certain the number now exceeds 25. I am not a “parade guy,” but I must admit the Rose Parade “wows” me just about every year I have attended it. I also figure our property values don’t drop as much as the national average since millions of viewers who are hunkered down in snowstorms across the nation witness our New Year’s weather out here and move. This year the weather was once again perfect!

We had not planned on going to the Rose Parade this year, but our friends Burt and Paula invited us to go with them along with Paula’s sister Jane, and although sleeping in sounded good, there’s no way to turn down a free ticket to the Rose Parade. As an added bonus, they had great seats at the beginning of the parade, so Tracy and I thankfully accepted their generous offer.

This year the parade was on January 2, since the 1st was on a Sunday, and Pasadena has the “Never On Sunday” rule for the parade and the game. This policy was instituted in order "to avoid frightening horses tethered outside local churches and thus interfering with worship services." The joke around here is that Rose Parade and Rose Bowl officials have a pact with God. If they don’t have the parade and game on Sunday, God will provide great weather every year. For the most part, the weather on New Years Day (or the 2nd) has always been fantastic. I only remember a couple of days that it ever rained on the parade.

As for this year, well, it was another perfect day in paradise with temperatures in the 60s by midway through the parade and reaching the 80s by game time. The mountains looked like you could reach out and touch them.

To get to our secret, free parking spot near the start of the parade (I could tell you where it is, but I would have to kill you), we must arrive before 6 a.m. (the parade starts promptly at 8). After getting through security, we enjoy walking down Orange Grove and looking at the floats close up. Not only do you get the great fragrance of the floats as you walk close by, but the walking keeps you warm in those early morning hours, although this year it was incredibly mild even at that early hour.

Tracy hit me beside the head so I would see there were some Marines on horseback with a stunning sunrise coming up behind them. What a great way to start the day!"

For the rest of the report with photos, click the link below. Happy New Year!!



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