Pasadena…The Rose Parade

7 Jan

DSC05205We stopped in Pasadena, California to see our son Darin, our daughter-in-law, Lara and our granddaughters Opal and Delilah. We arrived on New Year’s Eve from Tahiti to hear the grand plan. Darin and another father were sleeping out on the curb to secure a 28 foot space for a group of families along the Tournament of Roses Parade route.  It turned out to be one of the coldest winter nights in sunny Pasadena but the campers prevailed and we arrived at 8 a.m. to find seats and eats.

DSC05197We had a group of kids watching the parade with us which made it all the more fun. They drank cocoa and sat on the curb as the floats and bands came by.

DSC05236Sitting on the parade route is so much better than TV. You can see the intricate flower designs and really perceive the hours of creation that went into each float.

DSC05280The details were unbelievable. The float below had a cooking theme and there were actual recipes written on the giant cards.

DSC05215Some were mementos of the communities or teams they represented. Others were familiar children’s’ book characters.

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DSC05201The band members and performers walked three miles on the hard surface. Some of them in what looked like incredibly uncomfortable shoes.

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DSC05200Others wore fantastic costumes and make-up.

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DSC05209We were impressed by the bands. Can you imagine how many bake sales it takes to come here from Oklahoma and Wisconsin?  The music was great, the uniforms handsome, and the marching routines strenuous.

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DSC05284It was a great day with our family.

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2 Responses to “Pasadena…The Rose Parade”

  1. Ursula Freer January 7, 2013 at 8:22 pm #

    What a nice break for you from being away from home!

    • Jill January 7, 2013 at 10:11 pm #

      It was. It was so good to see family and spend some time together.

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