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The Rose Parade

Happy new year, friends!  Hope everyone ended 2015 with a bang and started 2016 with something special.  We decided to do something outdoors to start the year by throwing in some fresh blooms and getting some sun.
Well, every year, I tell myself to go see the Rose Parade’s post parade event, but every year we end up not going for one reason or another.  T and I did try to go a few years ago, but it was almost 5pm when we got there.  Apparently they stop letting people in at 4pm. Doh.

It only took me 30 years, but I finally made it!  We had a few roadblocks along the way, but I have to say I’m so thankful for my husband.  First, there are barely any volunteers and no signs when you get to the site.  We just followed the crowd and walked a really long distance to get to the back of the line.  Once we got close to the front, a volunteer asked if everyone had their tickets already.  We did not.  Guess what?  We were in the wrong line. At this point, it was almost 2:30pm, and they stop selling tickets at 3pm.
Annoyed and a little panicked, we trekked over to the line further away which apparently was the line to purchase tickets (again, there were no signs).  I almost wanted to just leave and go eat in downtown Pasadena, but T suggested we just wait it out.  We were already there, and if we didn’t make the 3pm cutoff, it just wasn’t meant to be.  The line went by quickly (thankfully); D was getting a little restless in his stroller.  It took us about 20 minutes!  We got our tickets and off we were to see the floats. So glad T encouraged me to stick it out!

Two things:

  1. As cliche as it may sound, I really thought these would be bigger.  I mean, they’re still huge, but the TV really makes them look even more grandiose.  I guess the camera really does add some extra weight.
  2. It smells (and looks) beautiful here!!!



Clearly, it was crowded.  It wasn’t horrible to maneuver through, but it was still a lot of people to deal with.  Regardless, you kind of forget for a moment once you’re standing by a float.  You get to stand just a few feet away of them and just admire (and smell) the details.  You can tell they really do put a lot of love into the creation of these floats.  The scent of roses everywhere was also pretty charming.


Baby bear clearly wasn’t as amused as I thought he would be, but he doesn’t seem to be too fond of large crowds so maybe that was the problem.  He didn’t mind snacking in his stroller and just chilling.  He pretty much refused to smile for photos.  Haha.


One of my favorites shots.  The background of the float is really the mountains surrounding the city, but it complements the photo so well.


My adventure squad.  I’m telling you, D was really not thrilled to be here.  Other little ones seemed to enjoy checking out the floats (albeit not for long periods of time), but this guy was not into it.  I was kind of shocked because he normally gets pretty excited to see colorful things.



Maybe we did eventually spark a TINY bit of curiosity in him…

The last float we saw was the Disneyland float.  It was a beautiful castle to commemorate the 60th anniversary, and, the tail end was – of course – a little tribute to the big Star Wars buzz this year.


He enjoys standing these days.  He can get up on his own and clap! Haha.  It’s precious.  Any day now, he’ll be taking those first big steps, but until then, I’ll enjoy these cute wiggling attempts.

If you’re in Southern California right now, it’s worth the trip to see these floats in person.  I mean, aren’t they beautiful?  It’s open today and tomorrow, but remember that ticket sales end at 3pm and they stop allowing people to enter at 4pm. If you see anyone in a white coat, ask them which line to stand in.  Those are my key tips!  Ha!  Learn from our mistakes.  I do also have to add, if you’re looking for specific floats, drop by a Lost and Found booth.  They have maps that tell you where each float is.  Anyhow, this winter has been a lot colder than usual, but the weather right now works for an outdoor activity.  It’s perfectly sunny, and in the mid-60s.

We’re expecting rain all week this coming week, so I’m glad we got to soak up some sunshine before the upcoming storm.

The Rose Parade | E. Washington Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91107

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