January 2, 2012 at 11:47 PMHappy New Year from Violinist.com's home town of Pasadena, California!
January 1 was on a Sunday this year, so the Rose Parade moved to January 2. (Many of Pasadena's churches are located along the Rose Parade route, so decades ago the Tournament of Roses cut a deal with the city never to hold the parade and Rose Bowl Game on a Sunday.) We took up our traditional position, on the other side of the street from where the TV cameras set up, and at the end of the 5.5-mile parade route. Here are some of our photos from this year's parade:
The Honda float was one of many that retracted after passing under the I-210 overpass.
Grand Marshal J.R. Martinez
The Trader Joe's float, with the animation down.
Sportscaster Dick Enberg, holding up his catchphrase, "Oh My!"
Donald's brother, the Oregon Duck, works the crowd.
Detail on the Western Assets float.
It's snowing on us, thanks to the HGTV float.
The sleeping kid on the City of Burbank float looks kinda, well, dead - hey, zombies!
From the Shriners' Hospitals float.
The doctor is in, on the Rotary float.
The Paramount Pictures float.
There's the only real star on the Paramount float - Oscar.
The Starship Enterprise, on the Paramount float.
A quick look inside one of the floats, retracted for the freeway overpass.
China Airlines' dragon.
It's a virtual zoo on the Dole Pineapple float.
From the Kiwanis float.
A flying pig from the City of La Canada float.
The AIDS Healthcare tribute to Elizabeth Taylor.
A T-Rex from the LA Natural History Museum.
A 100th anniversary tribute to Roy Rogers - and, is that actually the stuffed Trigger up front? But, hey, that's definitely a live violinist back there!
Unless rules have changed, wouldn't Trigger have to be made of plant material?
But we also decided that it was just pretty gross, too. Leave him in the museum, if they must.
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