Wednesday, January 18, 2012

The Day before the Rose Bowl in Pasadena California - Part 1

It has been a dream of mine to be in Pasadena, California for the Rose Bowl football championship on New Year's day and this year my hubby decided to give me the trip as my Christmas present.  Yes, I know he is a really nice guy. The Rose Bowl is a collegiate football championship game between Pac-12 conference champion- University of Oregon and Big-10 conference champion -University of Wisconsin. There are several events that happens leading up to the football championship. One of those is you can observe the volunteers putting the finishing touches on the parade floats. 
I have always wanted to see the making of the floats, so I drove through the parade route and went out to the Rose Bowl Stadium early in the morning.   Even though they had advertised that the place will not open up to the public until 11am, the parking lot was full, and there were long lines of people waiting to get in.
I went up to the ticketing booth but there were sign that said that they had stopped selling the ticket and people were walking away.  Of course I had to find out why and I was told that because of the beautiful, warm weather that they were already bringing out the floats to the street to finish the last of the decoration. 
Every inch of the floats were covered with beautiful flowers and natural materials. No artificial, man-made materials were used in the Rose Bowl Floats. Even the wheels were covered in pasted seaweeds and the horse of the Ray Rogers float were covered in different shades of seeds.


  1. Beautiful pictures! So glad you got to be there in person!

    1. Thank you for your visit to my blog. Yes, I am really happy that I was able to be there...

  2. I am always amazed at how beautiful the floats are and the commitment of the volunteers. Lucky girl you are!

  3. Penny,
    Maybe next time we can go together and help with the floats !!! that would be so much fun..