Rose Parade

Trip Start Dec 27, 2012
Trip End Jan 06, 2013

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Tuesday, January 1, 2013

The BIG event in Pasadena at New Year is the Rose Parade, a 124 year old institution which involves absolutely loads of flower-covered floats parading through the streets of's a national (even international) event, with live TV coverage - apparently shown in 200 countries world-wide. Liz and I wandered into Pasadena town centre at around 3pm on New Year's eve, to be met with thousands of people staking out their pitches on the side of the road.....despite the fact that the parade wasn't due to start until 9am on New Year's Day. The preparation was immense....whole families were arriving with blow-up mattresses, camping stoves, braziers, fold-up seats, etc. As we walked around it became more and more difficult to get by on the pavements, so we made our way to the Norton Simon Museum, just up the road.....which unfortunately was just closing! 

We returned to Juliette's, and had a restorative cuppa by the pool (well wrapped up in coats and scarves, though, as the temperature was falling rapidly). After some early evening drinks and nibbles we headed off again to the old town centre of Pasadena for a meal out. Juliette had booked a table at "The Melting Pot", a fondue restaurant, which meant we faced cheese, followed by meat, followed by chocolate!! I was surprised at how much we managed to get through! 

After the meal we walked back to Juliette's flat via the main Pasadena thoroughfare, where floats were beginning to assemble in readiness for the next day's parade. There were thousands of people milling around looking at the floats, despite the fact that it was getting unseasonably very cold. Juliette and Morteza had invited a few friends around, so we toasted the New Year at midnight, and then went out as a group again to look at the floats. By the time we got back again it was around 1.30am, so we retired to bed (I should mention that as Olivia and Lydia were at a party elsewhere, Liz and I grabbed their beds for an adult "sleep-over"!)

This morning I got up at around 8.30am and walked back into Pasadena to watch the start of the parade. I have to say I managed to see quite a bit of the parade, just as much as many people who had camped out overnight!

Liz and I have now returned to our little flat, getting ready for a relatively quiet day in LA, before moving on to Santa Barbara tomorrow.....
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