It was so much fun experiencing the Rose Parade in Pasadena, CA on New Years Day.
The waking up early and waiting part was much more bearable in Southern California, than in NYC on Thanksgiving morning. Our friends took care of us by providing drinks, donuts, fresh fruit, candy and breakfast burritos. I loved that several people actually CAMPED OUT on the side of the road, just to have those amazing seats in the morning. I really wanted to curl up in one of their sleeping bags when I arrived at the parade spot a little too early than my suffering-from-a-cold and tired body wanted to allow.
The parade itself was so beautiful to see. The creativity and innovation involved in creating the floats is so difficult to appreciate when watching on television. I could see everything close up, and I didn't sneeze once.
I did miss a few things about this parade compared to Macy's....one was the clowns. When you watch on tv, you don't realize how much the clowns and street marchers/performers add to the atmosphere of the parade. Also, watching it on the streets of NEW YORK make for a very compact situation...the energy is really focused and intense. In Cali, the streets are so spread out and there are no tall buildings, so it's way laid back...I don't remember a lot of cheering....but that's ok..it was a parade, Cali style.
I compiled a few pix....my fave float was the Day of the Dead float. I am a fan of DOD art...though I don't own any! I also loved the pigtails on the Oktoberfest girl.
And I also loved the use of pineapple on the little dinosaur.
It's not a parade with out the Sesame Street peops:
Before the parade began there was a lot of pre-parading. We saw some runners running the route, one of our neighbors almost got hit by a football from a local game of catch, some Jesus-Freaks (I guess that's what you call them: JESUS KILLS JESUS SAVES signs), and finally the Hare Krishnas. Lil Sis and I happened to be returning from the Princess Potties (read: PORTAPOTTY), and we found ourselves dancing right along with them. Good times!
The sun was bright so big sis borrowed my sunglasses:
You can take the girl out of NYC, but you can't take the NYC out of the girl: