We bused to
Once inside, however, we discovered the wait was worth time spent in line.
Interestingly, both the commercial and non-profit floats being built in the barn are engineered by professional float companies, such as
although, as with the independent, self-funded floats (such as Sierra Madre’s which we helped on yesterday), they all rely on an army of volunteers of all ages
to prepare and apply the flowers, seeds, greenery and other organic coverings. Beginning this morning, these crews will work around the clock as the floats must be completed by tomorrow morning for the float judging.
Some of the floats under construction included;
(on which I’d been offered a chance to ride)
Our next stop was at the large tent where many of the vehicles to be used in the parade were on display and the self-funded floats were being assembled and decorated.
GRAND MARSHALL’S CAR
Tournament of Rose Parade Hall of Fame Inductees
CAL-POLY TECH FLOAT
(Interestingly, its two sections were designed independently at Cal-Poly’s two campuses … with the expectation that they would mesh together when construction began)
And everywhere you look, there are flowers, flowers and more flowers … including a rose given to Debbie by one of the volunteers.
Enroute back to our campground, we were driven by our reserved seat locations which, although not on the corner where the television broadcasts from, are right along Colorado Boulevard and putting the sun at our backs for better lighting to photograph the parade!
After lunch it was back into the buses for the drive to Robinson Stadium at Pasadena City College (among its alumni are Jackie Robinson … as were his brother and 1936 Olympic Silver Medalist, Mack … actor Nick Nolte, the 1984 awardee of the Nobel Prize Chemistry Bruce Merrifield, and Sirhan Sirhan) for Bandfest, a 34-year tradition which showcases live performances of the bands which will be performing in the Tournament of Roses parade.
By the time we arrived, the line to enter the stadium stretched and wound more than ¼ mile around the campus …
Although once the gates were opened it moved surprisingly quickly. However, as we wanted to north stands (as the bands played to that audience) we ended up standing for the entire three hour performances.
This afternoon, we had the opportunity to watch and listen to six bands and a ten-piece brass and single drum ensemble.
Among the band which performed were the …
Pasadena City College Tournament of Roses Honor Band
Los Angeles Unified School District All District High School Honor Band
Westfield High School Marching Band
Nagoya Minami High School Green Band
McQueen High School “Lancer Band”
Homewood Patriot Band
This evening, were again fed another great meal followed by live music and dancing.