January 1, 2014 – Tournament of Roses Parade and Float Showcase

We were up before 5:00 AM and struggled through a coffee-less fog getting ready for a 6 o’clock luxury bus ride to downtown Pasadena and our reserved grandstand seats.  However, compared with what thousands of spectators were suffering through (some had been camped out along Colorado Boulevard for days while others were being nicked upwards to $300 per day to park  near the parade route in their RVs) we felt like royalty!

 Pre-Parade (a1), Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01Overnighters (a), Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01Overnighters (c), Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01 Overnighters (b), Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01

By the time we arrived near our seats, Colorado Boulevard was already becoming a sea of humanity.

Pre-Parade (a), Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01We made a beeline for the block of seats our Rally operator had blocked out (and which they’ve had for some 35 years).  I stalked out two seats for Debbie and I where I would have a great view of the parade as it approached and passed by.  THEN … some idiot from the parade staff forced our group to relocate to another section a bit further down the street.  Still, I found a good location for photographing the event. 

Meanwhile, Debbie and several other folks decided to head for the many Port-a-Potties despite the fact the lines were already running 30 minutes or more … before 7 AM!

Just after she left, our Rally staff managed to locate someone from the parade organizing group who agreed that we were entitled and supposed to sit in our original section.  So, we had another mass move.  However, this time, I’d lost any hope of an ideal photo shooting location.  Up the parade route there were some temporary structures which were going to intrude in many, if not most streets of approaching floats and bands.  We were also lower and closer to the street giving us an improved opportunity to take unintended pictures of the backs of people’s heads and parade officials walking and driving along the parade route.  And, unfortunately, there is no way to avoid those distracting overhead wires, street lights and poles and buildings in the background.

As we were having a fantastic time, I decided to just enjoy the day and pageantry!

Oh yes, I did call Debbie on her cell to let her know of our new seating location.

Aside from a modest but steady stream of joggers,

Pre-Parade (c), Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01the characters parading back and forth put on a great warm-up for us.

  Pre-Parade (h), Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01 Pre-Parade (g), Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01 Pre-Parade (d-1), Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01 Pre-Parade (e), Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01 Pre-Parade (f), Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01Pre-Parade (b), Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01

Not to be outdone, there was a Michigan State fan riding back-and-forth to the delight of what appeared to be several hundred boisterous Spartan fans seated directly across from our location.

Pre-Parade (i), Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01

Overhead, a skywriter also greeted us as did the Goodyear blimp Pre-Parade (Sky Writer - a), Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01About the time we caught the first signs the parade was starting, the last of the joggers sped past.  I guess it was his time for his fifteen minutes of fame.

Pre-Parade (j), Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01

 The following pictures are a combination of those taken during the parade and others taken this afternoon at the Float Showcase where all of the floats hare parked along Sierra Madre Boulevard for the public to see them and talk with some of the people involved with their design and construction.

While it is not true that if you’ve seen one band or group of horse riders … you’ve seen them all.  But I have chosen to omit most of those participants and concentrate on the actual floats.

Our first indication the parade was underway was a flyover of the

 UNITED STATES AIR FORCE THUNDERBIRDS

Appearing at their 60th parade, this is the first official performance since the Thunderbirds were grounded in April 2013 due to the federal budget sequester

US Air Force Thunderbirds (a), Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01 

Overhead we also spotted another iconic visitor to most major parades and sporting events.

Goodyear Blimp Overhead, Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01

PASADENA PRECISION MOTOR CYCLES

LA Police Precision Motorcycle Team (b), Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01

HONDA PACE CAR

Honda Pace Car (a), Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01

WELLS FARGO THEME FLOAT

Wells Fargo Theme Banner (a), Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01

WELLS FARGO OPENING SHOW FLOATS

Five independently powered units representing iconic moments in history (Model-T Ford with ragtime music, Charles Lindberg’s first transatlantic flight in the Spirit of St. Louis with jazz and flapper dancers, Rosie the Riveter accompanied by big band sounds, Neil Armstrong’s moon landing with 1960’s Rock and Roll and finally a DJ spinning hip hop music)

Wells Fargo Opening Show (a), Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01 Wells Fargo Opening Show (b), Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01 Wells Fargo Opening Show (c), Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01 Wells Fargo Opening Show (d), Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01 Wells Fargo Opening Show (e), Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01 Wells Fargo Opening Show (f), Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01 Wells Fargo Opening Show (g), Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01 VINCE SCULLY IN THE GRAND MARSHALL’S CAR

Grand Marshall - Vince Scully (b), Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01

AMERICAN HONDA FLOAT

American Honda (a), Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01 American Honda (b), Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01 American Honda (c), Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01 American Honda (e), Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01 American Honda (f), Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01 American Honda (g), Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01

USMC COLOR GUARD AND BAND

USMC Color Guard (b), Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01 USMC Marching Band (a), Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01 

As each float passed, it was amazing to see how each had been decorated with flowers, petals, seeds, fruit, vegetables, greenery and even live trees

 

WESTERN ASSET MANAGEMENT FLOAT

Past President’s Trophy Winner

Western Asset management - Safari (a), Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01 Western Asset Management - Safari (e), Tournament of Roses Parade397 S. Gilbert Road, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01 Western Asset Management - Safari (b), Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01 Western Asset Management - Safari (d), Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01 Western Asset Management - Safari (i), Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01 Western Asset Management - Safari (g), Tournament of Roses Parade Showcase, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01 Western Asset Management - Safari (k), Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01

CITY OF GLENDALE FLOAT

Governor’s Trophy Winner

 City of Glendale - Neighborhood Wildlife (a), Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01 City of Glendale - Neighborhood Wildlife (b), Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01 City of Glendale - Neighborhood Wildlife (c), Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01 City of Glendale - Neighborhood Wildlife (d), Tournament of Roses Parade Showcase, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01

HAWAI’I ALL STATE MARCHING BAND

Clearly the most colorful band … but I still can’t understand why the gals all went wild over the first two marchers

Hawai'i All State Marching Band 'Na Koa Ali'i' (a), Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01 Hawai'i All State Marching Band 'Na Koa Ali'i' (c), Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01 Hawai'i All State Marching Band 'Na Koa Ali'i' (f), Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01 

DOLE PACKAGED FOODS FLOAT

Sweepstakes Trophy Winner

Dole Packaged Foods - Sunrise at the Oasis (a), Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01 Dole Packaged Foods - Sunrise at the Oasis (b), Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01 Dole Packaged Foods - Sunrise at the Oasis (c), Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01 Dole Packaged Foods - Sunrise at the Oasis (d), Tournament of Roses Parade Showcase, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01 Dole Packaged Foods - Sunrise at the Oasis (f), Tournament of Roses Parade Showcase, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01 Dole Packaged Foods - Sunrise at the Oasis (h), Tournament of Roses Parade Showcase, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01 Dole Packaged Foods - Sunrise at the Oasis (i), Tournament of Roses Parade Showcase, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01 

BUDWEISER CLYDESDALES

To qualify, a Budweiser Clydesdale must be a gelding, at least four years of age, stand 72” at the shoulder when fully mature, weigh between 1,800 and 2,400 pounds, have a bay coat, four white stocking feet, a white blaze and a black mane and tail

Budwiser Clydesdales and Carriage, Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01

 DONATE LIFE FLOAT

The lanterns illuminate 30 riders, each of whom is a grateful organ or tissue transplant recipient, with 12 living kidney donors walking on foot beside the float    Theme Trophy Winner

Donate Life (a), Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01 Donate Life (d), Tournament of Roses Parade Showcase, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01 Donate Life (e), Tournament of Roses Parade Showcase, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01

SIERRA MADRE ROSE FLOAT ASSOCIATION FLOAT

The float Debbie and I worked on and the young ladies we met

Sierra Madre (a), Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01Sierra Madre (b), Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01  Sierra Madre (c), Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01 Sierra Madre (f), Tournament of Roses Parade Showcase, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01 Sierra Madre (d), Tournament of Roses Parade Showcase, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01

FARMER’S INSURANCE FLOAT

Farmers Insurance - Thank a Teacher (a), Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01 Farmers Insurance - Thank a Teacher (b), Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01 Farmers Insurance - Thank a Teacher (c), Tournament of Roses Parade Showcase, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01 

WELLS FARGO STAGES

Wells Fargo Stage Coach (a), Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01

 SINGPOLI GROUP FLOAT

The winged-horses marking the Year of the Horse in the Chinese Zodiac – Extraordinary Trophy Winner

Singpoli Group - Pegasus (a), Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01 Singpoli Group - Pegasus (b), Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01 Singpoli Group - Pegasus (c), Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01 Singpoli Group - Pegasus (f), Tournament of Roses Parade Showcase, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01 Singpoli Group - Pegasus (g), Tournament of Roses Parade Showcase, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01 

MACY’S FLOAT

Carrying the Parade Queen and her Princesses

Macy's - Queen and Princesses (a), Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01 Macy's - Queen and Princesses (b), Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01

LIBERTY HIGH SCHOOL GRENADIER BAND

Liberty High School Marching Band (a), Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01

 THE NEW BUFFALO SOLDIERS

New Buffalo Soldiers (b), Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01 

LA CANADA FLINTRIDGE TOURNAMENT OF ROSES ASSOCIATION FLOAT

Bob Hope Humor Trophy Winner

La Canada Flintridge Tournament of Roses Association (a), Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01 La Canada Flintridge Tournament of Roses Association (b), Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01 La Canada Flintridge Tournament of Roses Association (c), Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01 

NAGOYA MINAMI HIGH SCHOOL GREEN BAND

Our favorite from the Bandfest … still dancing to Gangnam-style renditions

Nagoya Minami High School Marching Band (b), Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01 

CITY OF HOPE FLOAT

City of Hope (a), Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01 City of Hope (c), Tournament of Roses Parade397 S. Gilbert Road, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01 

SOUTH PASADENA TOURNAMENT OF ROSES FLOAT

South Pasasdena Tournament of Roses (b), Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01 South Pasasdena Tournament of Roses (c), Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01 South Pasasdena Tournament of Roses (d), Tournament of Roses Parade Showcase, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01 South Pasasdena Tournament of Roses (e), Tournament of Roses Parade Showcase, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01 

DOBYNS-BENNETT HIGH SCHOOL MARCHING INDIAN BAND

Note the drum face.  Remo, Inc., a pioneer in drumhead technology, has been the official drumhead provider to all of the bands in the Tournament of Roses® Parade for 35 years.

Dobyns-Bennett High School Marching Indiana Band (c), Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01 

STELLA ROSA WINES FLOAT

Judges Special Trophy Winner

Stella Rose Wines (a), Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01 Stella Rose Wines (b), Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01 Stella Rose Wines (d), Tournament of Roses Parade Showcase, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01 Stella Rose Wines (e), Tournament of Roses Parade Showcase, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01 

K9’s 4 COPS FLOAT

K9s 4 Cops (a), Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01 K9s 4 Cops (e), Tournament of Roses Parade Showcase, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01 K9s 4 Cops (d), Tournament of Roses Parade Showcase, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01 K9s 4 Cops (f), Tournament of Roses Parade Showcase, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01 

MIRACLE-GRO FLOATMiracle Grow (a), Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01Miracle Grow (b), Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01  

KIWANIS INTERNATIONAL FLOAT

Kiwanas (a), Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01 Kiwanas (b), Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01 Kiwanas (c), Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01 

MICHIGAN STATE FLOAT AND MARCHING BAND

Michigan State (a), Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01 Michigan State Marching Band (a), Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01 

THE NORCO COWGIRLS RODEO DRILL TEAM

Norco Cowgirls Rodeo Drill Team (a), Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01Norco Cowgirls Rodeo Drill Team (b), Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01  

BEVERLY HILLS PET CARE FOUNDATION FLOAT

Beverly Hills Pet Care Fountaion (a), Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01 Beverly Hills Pet Care Fountaion (d), Tournament of Roses Parade Showcase, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01 Beverly Hills Pet Care Fountaion (h), Tournament of Roses Parade Showcase, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01 Beverly Hills Pet Care Fountaion (g), Tournament of Roses Parade Showcase, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01 Beverly Hills Pet Care Fountaion (f), Tournament of Roses Parade Showcase, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01 

TRADER JOE’S FLOAT

Trader Joes (a), Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01 Trader Joes (c), Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01

KAISER PERMAMENTE FLOAT

The crowd loved this float and the antics of the “babies”, which were real people not mechanical creations … also a sad commentary, note the gal texting (shortly after, she dropped her smart phone and had to dig through the flowers to find it)    Lathrope K Leishman Trophy Winner

Kaiser Permanente (a), Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01 Kaiser Permanente (b), Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01 Kaiser Permanente (c), Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01 Kaiser Permanente (g), Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01 Kaiser Permanente (j), Tournament of Roses Parade Showcase, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01 Kaiser Permanente (f), Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01 Kaiser Permanente (i), Tournament of Roses Parade Showcase, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01 Kaiser Permanente (k), Tournament of Roses Parade Showcase, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01 Kaiser Permanente (e), Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01 

STANFORD UNIVERSITY FLOAT AND MARCHING BAND

Stanford University (a), Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01 Stanford University Marching Band (a), Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01 

CITY OF ALHAMBRA FLOAT

City of Alhambra (a), Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01 City of Alhambra (b), Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01

TORRENCE ROSE FLOAT ASSOCIATION FLOAT

Torrence Rose Float Association (a), Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01 Torrence Rose Float Association (d), Tournament of Roses Parade Showcase, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01 Torrence Rose Float Association (e), Tournament of Roses Parade Showcase, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01 

NBC’s “THE VOICE” FLOAT

NBC's 'The Voice' (a), Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01 NBC's 'The Voice' (b), Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01 NBC's 'The Voice' (c), Tournament of Roses Parade Showcase, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01 NBC's 'The Voice' (d), Tournament of Roses Parade Showcase, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01

HERMANOS BANUELOS CHJARRO TEAM

One of several groups of riders demonstrating roping skills

Hermanos Banuelos Charro Team (b), Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01 

CAL-POLY UNIVERSITIES FLOATS

The two parts of this float-combo were designed independently at two or Cal-Polly’s campuses – Crown City Innovation Trophy Winner

Cal-Poly Universities (a), Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01 Cal-Poly Universities (b), Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01 Cal-Poly Universities (e), Tournament of Roses Parade Showcase, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01 Cal-Poly Universities (c), Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01 Cal-Poly Universities (g), Tournament of Roses Parade Showcase, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01 Cal-Poly Universities (h), Tournament of Roses Parade Showcase, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01 

REPUBLIC OF INDONESIA FLOAT

Director’s Trophy Winner

 Republic of Indonesia (a), Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01 Republic of Indonesia (b), Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01 Republic of Indonesia (e), Tournament of Roses Parade Showcase, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01 Republic of Indonesia (f), Tournament of Roses Parade Showcase, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01 Republic of Indonesia (g), Tournament of Roses Parade Showcase, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01 Republic of Indonesia (d), Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01

 

 THE HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS

 Harlem Globetrotters (b), Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01

SHRINER’S HOSPITALS FOR CHILDREN FLOAT

Volunteer’s Trophy Winner

 Shriner's Hospital for Children (a), Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01

DOWNEY ROSE FLOAT ASSOCIATION FLOAT

Founder’s Trophy Winner

Downey Rose Float Association (a), Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01 Downey Rose Float Association (d), Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena Showcase, CA - 2014-01-01 Downey Rose Float Association (e), Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena Showcase, CA - 2014-01-01 Downey Rose Float Association (g), Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena Showcase, CA - 2014-01-01 Downey Rose Float Association (f), Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena Showcase, CA - 2014-01-01

SCRIPPS MIRAMAR SADDLEBREDS

Scripps Miramar Saddlebreds (a), Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01 Scripps Miramar Saddlebreds (b), Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01

 BURBANK TOURNAMEN OF ROSES ASSOCIATION FLOAT

Fantasy Trophy Winner

 Burbank Tournament of Roses Association (a), Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01  Burbank Tournament of Roses Association (f), Tournament of Roses Parade Showcase, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01 Burbank Tournament of Roses Association (g), Tournament of Roses Parade Showcase, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01

 

CHINA AIRLINES FLOAT

International Trophy Winner

China Airlines (a), Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01 China Airlines (c), Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01 China Airlines (d), Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01

 PUBLIC STORAGE FLOAT

Grand Marshall Trophy

Public Storage (a), Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01 Public Storage (f), Tournament of Roses Parade Showcase, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01 Public Storage (e), Tournament of Roses Parade Showcase, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01 Public Storage (d), Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01

 HOMEWOOD PATRIOT BAND

Which truly provides everyone an opportunity to participate

Homewood Partiot Marching Band (c), Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01

CALIFORNIA APPALOOSA HORSE CLUB

Calizona Appaloosa Horse Club (a), Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01 

ROTARY ROSE PARADE FLOAT COMMITTEE FLOAT

Rotary Rose Parade Float Committee (a), Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01 Rotary Rose Parade Float Committee (e), Tournament of Roses Parade Showcase, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01 Rotary Rose Parade Float Committee (f), Tournament of Roses Parade Showcase, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01

CITY OF LOS ANGELES FLOAT

City of Los Angeles (a), Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01 City of Los Angeles (b), Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01 City of Los Angeles (c), Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01 City of Los Angeles (d), Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01 City of Los Angeles (f), Tournament of Roses Parade Showcase, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01 City of Los Angeles (g), Tournament of Roses Parade Showcase, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01 

SEA WORLD FLOAT

Note the police security around the Sea World float.  There had been threats of demonstrations and disruptions by folks from the PETA organization (several of whom were arrested prior to the float reaching our location)    President’s Trophy Winner

Sea World (a), Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01 Sea World (b), Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01 Sea World (h), Tournament of Roses Parade Showcase, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01 Sea World (i), Tournament of Roses Parade Showcase, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01 Sea World (j), Tournament of Roses Parade Showcase, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01 Sea World (e), Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01 Sea World (d), Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01 Sea World (f), Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01 Sea World (l), Tournament of Roses Parade Showcase, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01 Sea World (m), Tournament of Roses Parade Showcase, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01

 

eHARMONY FLOAT

eHarmony (a), Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01 eHarmony (c), Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01 eHarmony (d), Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01

 

UNDERGROUND SERVICE ALERT OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA FLOAT

Animation Trophy Float

Underground Service Alert of Southern California (a), Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01 Underground Service Alert of Southern California (c), Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01 Underground Service Alert of Southern California (b), Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01

ODD FELLOWS AND REBEKAHS FLOAT

Odd Fellows and Rebekahs (a), Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01 Odd Fellows and Rebekahs (c), Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01

NORWEGIAN FJORD HORSE REGISTRY

 Norwegian Fjord Horse Registry (b), Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01

CITY OF BEVERLY HILLS FLOAT

City of Beverly Hills (a), Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01 City of Beverly Hills (c), Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01 City of Beverly Hills (d), Tournament of Roses Parade Showcase, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01 City of Beverly Hills (b), Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01

AIDS HEALTHCARE FOUNDATION FLOAT

Two men were joined in secular matrimony as the float passed by the television position at the corner of Orange and Colorado Boulevards     Isabella Coleman Trophy Winner

AIDS Healthcare Foundation (a), Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01 AIDS Healthcare Foundation (b), Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01

LUTHERAN LAYMAN’S LEAGUE FLOAT

Princess Trophy Winner

Lutheran Layman's League (a), Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01 Lutheran Layman's League (b), Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01 Lutheran Layman's League (c), Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01

USA JUMP ROPE – PALPITATING PANTHERS

USA Jump Rope - Palpitating Panthers (a), Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01 

THE LUCY PET FOUNDATION FLOAT

A dog jumping “Double Dutch” and another retrieving airborne Frisbees    Craftsman Trophy Winner

 

 Lutheran Layman's League (a), Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01 Lucy Pet Foundation (d), Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01 Lucy Pet Foundation (b), Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01 Lucy Pet Foundation (c), Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01

LIONS CLUBS INTERNATIONAL FLOAT

Tournament Special Trophy Winner

Lions Club International (a), Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01 Lions Club International (b), Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01 Lions Club International (c), Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01 Lions Club International (d), Tournament of Roses Parade Showcase, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01 Lions Club International (e), Tournament of Roses Parade Showcase, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01

WINGTIP-TO-WINGTIP ASSOCIATION FLOAT

National Trophy Winner

Wingtip-to-Wingtip Association (a), Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01 Wingtip-to-Wingtip Association (j), Tournament of Roses Parade Showcase, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01 Wingtip-to-Wingtip Association (k), Tournament of Roses Parade Showcase, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01 Wingtip-to-Wingtip Association (c), Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01 Wingtip-to-Wingtip Association (e), Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01 Wingtip-to-Wingtip Association (d), Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01 Wingtip-to-Wingtip Association (g), Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01

 ALL AMERICAN COWGIRL CHICKS

All American Cowgirl Chicks (a), Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01 

RFD-TV FLOAT

RFD-TV (a), Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01 RFD-TV (c), Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01 RFD-TV (e), Tournament of Roses Parade Showcase, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01 RFD-TV (f), Tournament of Roses Parade Showcase, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01 RFD-TV (h), Tournament of Roses Parade Showcase, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01

 XPOGO STUNT TEAM

Xpogo Stunt Team (a), Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01 Xpogo Stunt Team (c), Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01 Xpogo Stunt Team (b), Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01

GRAND FINALE FLOAT

Grand Finale (a), Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01

No sooner had the final float passed than the street began to fill with spectators anxious to return to the buses, cars or hop a shuttle to the Rose Bowl if they were going to the game (as of this morning the going price was $185 and up per seat).  Others were on a mission to spread their gospel of religion, anti-fracking, campaigns against gay rights and assorted other causes

 Post-Parade (a), Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01 Post-Parade (c), Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01 Post-Parade (d), Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01 Post-Parade (b), Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01 Post-Parade (f), Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena, CA - 2014-01-01

Late this afternoon, it was root beer floats (in celebration of the floats we’d seen today) … Debbie and I could not recall how long it had been since we’ve enjoyed one. 

After the amount of food we’ve been fed these past few days, no one was really hungry for dinner so we got together some of our new friends for a couple of hours before heading back to our coach and an early “to bed”!

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