This year, instead of going to the Rose Bowl Parade itself (did I mention it was 30-something degrees in Pasadena 1/1/2015), we decided to go January 2 when they have all the floats on display. We got to the Park & Ride at the Pasadena City College by 9am - lots of parking spaces, a quick trip through the ticket line, and we were on the shuttle by 9:15. On the walk over to the shuttle we noticed that the back -to-back tennis courts at the City College were lined with posts and crowd barriers. I asked one of the volunteers what that was for and she said, "An hour from now that will be completely filled with people standing in line for the shuttles." We thought she was kidding.
They have this system down pat. It's about a 10 minute ride to the display field. Once off the shuttle bus, we spent the next 3 hours (2.5 miles walking) gawking at the amazing organics of these floats. The sun was shining, lots of music happening, and, indeed, within an hour we were sharing this fabulous experience with 20,000 + of our best friends.
I'm going to just load up some shots here to give you a glimpse of the full float itself, and then one feature magnified. All these are best seen on a full size computer screen and take it up to full screen because the detail is just incredible. Everything is organic, and everything is in it's natural state (you can not spray paint or dye anything). Beans, rice varieties, grains, bark, leaves of all sorts (eucalyptus turned inside out, for example, was used for tree bark), hay, grasses, and, of course, flowers.
By the way, these shots are exactly as taken with just a little brightening here and there so you can see the details.
The rest of these shots are close ups of some of my and Steven's favorite float parts. I have also posted these as a ROSE BOWL FLOAT gallery on my home page in case you want to order a print.
I hope you enjoy looking at these amazing pieces of organic art. Next year we might volunteer for the few days before to help build a float.
Finally, here is The Crowd. And the End Piece which might be titled, "Did I Show Up On The Wrong Day."