Saturday, January 2, 2010

My Photos from the Rose Parade

Whew, the past few days were filled with activity. I had a lot of fun attending the Rose Parade. It was a a little bit for fun and a little bit for work, which is why I was busy blogging and tweeting live from the parade. But in the end, I had a great time and it was well worth going. If you ever have the opportunity to plan a visit to the Rose Parade, do it at least once. It is a fun experience. We got to the parade route around 6:00 AM so we could get to our seats. Some people had started camping out as early as noon the prior day to secure a prime space on the sidewalk along the parade route. As I was attending for my company I was fortunate to have tickets to the viewing stands, so I as long as I arrived before they close off streets, I didn't have to get there much earlier. I wore layers of clothes to keep warm- it was only in the mid-forties at that pre-dawn hour. If you ever go, be sure to eat before you head over, and bring a thermos of hot cawfee or a bottle of water. Its virtually impossible to find anything once you are on the parade route. Once the parade began it was magic! There was excitement in the crowd, estimated at a million plus people along the entire route.

above: Watching dawn break at the parade route in Pasadena

above: The Natural Balance Pet Food float- certified by the Guinness Book of World Records as the World's Biggest Parade Float in history! It was massive,

above: the Natural Balance float approaches, in the front are Dick Van Patten and his son Jimmy Van Patten.

above: a close up of the Van Patten's. Jimmy is holding the new bulldog puppy, named "Sully" in honor of Captain Chesley Sullenberger who landed that airplane in the Hudson River last year and saved all those peoples lives.

above: Tillman prepares to go down the slope on his snowboard. The top of the ski slope was 16' high.

above: Tillman in action, snowboarding down on the float!

above: Another great shot of Tillman in action as the crowd cheered on. Snowboarding bulldogs were the hit of the parade! In fact there has been so much interest, Natural Balance actually now has Tillman Dog treats, and a plush dog toy of both Tillman and Rose (see below):

above: I bought the toys for my nieces who loved playing with them! Tillman even has a Fan Shop on my company's website. (sorry for sounding commercial there)
Here are the rest of my parade photos. Click on them to BIGGIFY for easier viewing

above: All American Cowgirl Chicks

above: City of Burbank float

above: Cal Poli University float

above: City of Cerritos float

above: I don't know how he did it, but this guy "lassoed" his rope around his horse the entire time.

above: the Kaiser Permanente float had lots of over-sized fruits and veggies

above: this Scissor Wizard float featured an origami dragon

Marching Bands Galore:

above: our Mighty Marines Marching band

above: the Mexico float

above: Rain Bird float featured Jack Hanna

above: the Rose Bowl (football) float

above: the Shanghai China float featured Jackie Chan

I hope you enjoyed my photos. Happy New Year to you.
-Rick Rockhill


Anonymous said...

I loved the floats! Rose was so cute in her tutu going down the slide... made me giggle like a child...

Palm Springs Savant said...

Lois- she really was a cutie-pie, and was clearly having a lot of fun too.

kenju said...

I loved every float (I always do) and it is so nice to see your photos of them. What I want to know is how did the dogs get to the top of the slide after going down? Did they walk in the belly of the float?

Palm Springs Savant said...

kenju- nope- there was a doggy chairlift that brought them back up. Look at the two little mini dog houses along the side, they went back up the slope so the dogs could keep going!

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

It looks like you had a GREAT Time, Rick...! It is wonderful to see all these pictures. Thanks for that.

Mags said...

That skateboarding dog gets me every time. So cute! Thank you for sharing all of the beautiful pictures-we're so lucky to have you to share them with us.

Diane J Standiford said...

My partner has a Tillman Jones, she will love seeing this post. HNY

KathyA said...

Thanks for the photos. We were in transit and didn't get to watch the parade at all.
I just LOVE the bands. So exciting that you were actually there! The Natural Balance float was WONDERFUL!!

lime said...

certainly a lot more colorful than all the snow we are seeing here. thanks for sharing all the great shots!

Desert Songbird said...

Great photos, Rick! Thanks for sharing.

Sheila said...

Happy New Year, Rick! The photos were fun.

LouLou! said...

I was following your FB updates and loved your descriptions. Thanks for posting the pics!

Kanani said...

Isn't it fun? We used to live right off the parade route. People would park their Winnebagos on the street, and it was like a big multi-day party. One thing people don't realize... that in real life, some of the floats are wonderfully fragrant!

Kanani said...

Isn't it fun? We used to live right off the parade route. People would park their Winnebagos on the street, and it was like a big multi-day party. One thing people don't realize... that in real life, some of the floats are wonderfully fragrant!


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