Today I am re-publishing my blog post about the Rose Parade--you know that huge parade every year on New Year's Day in Pasadena, California? My husband and I were in the floral business for nearly 20 years and we always loved watching the parade on TV (and still do) and seeing all the floats made completely from natural materials e.g. roses, my fave flower. Now you know why I chose Rose as my pen name!
Sit back in your chair, relax and be transported to this special event on this special day of the year.
|Roses on a float in the Rose Parade.|
Roses are my favorite flower.
The Rose Parade celebrated 125 years in 2014. This unique parade did not begin as the elaborate high tech- jaw-dropping extravaganza we now know. Instead, this new year tradition began in 1890 by Pasadena's Valley Hunt Club. According to the Rose Parade Guide, "the members wanted to promote the "Mediterranean of the West" so they invited their former East Coast neighbors to watch games such as chariot races, foot races, polo, and tug-of-war under the California sun.
"The abundance of flowers, even in the midst of winter, prompted the club to add another showcase for Pasadena's charm: a parade to precede the competition, where entrants would decorate their carriages with hundreds of blooms".
|More Roses! Afterall it IS the Rose Parade!|
The tradition of floral be-decked entries into the Tournament of Roses Parade continues, but now on a much larger scale. Flowers and natural materials from all over the world cover every inch of the floats. No paint allowed. Only nature's true colors add the excitement and texture to the elaborate designs.
We visited the float building areas and watched the organized chaos of this huge operation mostly done by volunteers. The tedious process of gluing on each petal or seed, yes tiny seeds, boggled my mind.
|Teen volunteers gluing on flower petals to the opening Rose Parade float. All generations work together to decorate the floats. Kids through senior citizens offer their skills.|
|These folks are tearing up straw flowers.|
|The volunteer brushes on glue then sprinkles the petals in the box |
all over the gluey section.
Okay, get ready. The parade is about to begin!
|The United States Air Force Thunderbirds zoomed down the parade route thrilling parade viewers.|
|Opening banner to kick off the parade. This is the float the teens were working on in the picture above. Finished it too!!|
|A salute to a famous dreamer, Henry Ford. Behind is a rendition of the Spirit of St. Louis honoring dreamer Charles Lindbergh.|
|City of Glendale Let's Be Neighbors. The float is based on a real bear who kept coming down into Glendale and raiding the trash cans.|
|The marauding bear earned the name of Meatball because he always ate the meatballs.|
He wouldn't stay in the mountains, so they had to move him to a preserve.
I wonder if they serve him meatballs there.
|So Close, Yet Safari Away|
|TheK9s4Cops dedicated its float to the heroic K9 law enforcement units across America and to those who serve and protect our communities. This non-profit organization donates highly trained dogs to agencies who otherwise could not afford them.|
|A salute to the WWII Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) |
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|These cute kitties are riding the RFD-TV float, You Make My Dreams Come True. Can you find the calico on the float below?|
|Gorgeous, elegant float. Of course, it's Beverly Hills.|
|Sea World Park's Sea of Surprises|
|Adorable candy train|
|These 3 aliens surprised parade viewers by driving out of the spaceship and traveling along the parade route. This was a first in parade history!|
|Wonderful Indonesia--This float got my vote for the most dazzling and exotic float.|
|Photos never can give the viewer a complete picture of this amazing design.|
|Monster truck--Had to take a lot of pictures of this monster truck for the grandkids! Made me giggle.|
|Trader Joes, a grocery store in CA, Relish Your Dreams. It's a relish dish with cheeses and olives, etc. |
A pickle followed along behind it. So clever.
|Butterflies fluttered among the colorful flowers.|
|The dogs have stolen the dog catcher's truck in this animated float. |
One of the most humorous floats
|Yep, he's running after them. What do you think? Can he catch them??|