Around Town · Pasadena

Rose Parade 2009: Part Two

This one’s for Suebob:

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I like this detail from the Alaska float:

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Frogs, I believe.

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Some parade watchers:

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My parade discovery this year? Marching bands sound fantastic under the freeway!
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Remember our friends from the Los Angeles All City Band? I saw them at the beginning of the parade on Del Mar, about to turn onto Colorado Blvd.

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Here they are at the end of the parade, still performing even though they’ve turned left from Sierra Madre Blvd onto Paloma.

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Such stamina! In a few more steps they stop playing. Then they are handed a ticket. The ticket is then exchanged for an In-and-Out burger:

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Even the floats get tired at the end of the parade. Oh, I know they had to lower the pointy thing so it would fit under the freeway. But it looks tired to me.

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It’s difficult to get decent photos of the floats. They are big, and people’s heads get in the way. See above.

Even the sun had to “set” to fit under the freeway.  Here’s a shot from the beginning of the parade:

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Here’s the same float, 5 miles later:

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So that’s my end-to-end parade coverage. Here’s how I did it: Around 9 am, I made my way to Del Mar and Orange Grove. I saw a couple of bands and a couple of floats. I saw the Jesus people assembling, and I knew the end was near. The end of the parade, that is.

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I hopped in the car, re-parked near Hill, and walked the rest of the parade route to the end (I’d never seen the parade disassemble itself at the very end). Along the way, I saw three people I know, including TRZ. Pasadena really is a small town.

Happy New Year!

UPDATE: I just heard that the LA All City Band will be performing at Obama’s inauguration! How cool is that?  (Though I can’t find them in the parade line-up I found on line…)

Previously:

Rose Parade 2009: Part One

Rose Parade 2008

Rose Parade 2008 Part Deux

10 thoughts on “Rose Parade 2009: Part Two

  1. @suebob – It’s the least I can do to thank you for making me laugh. I have laughed out loud many times reading your blog. I’m not an easy laugh, either.

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