rose parade 2011

whew, had great fun at the rose parade. was a very long combined new year eve and day. the good news is i’m not sick! the two poor sisters are as sick as dogs. i hope the kids enjoyed the show in super BRRR weather.

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rose parade is a tradition here in Pasadena. This year marks the 122nd event. People from other parts of the US travel long distance here to see it the 1st of every year. Typically, the “event” begins around noon on Dec 31st when people start occupying blocks on the sidewalks to reserve space. If you come a bit too late, you park yourself around small street corners. Then the waiting game starts in plunging temperature. Even though it’s Los Angeles, temperature can drop to below 10°C after sunset. That sounds quite warm except if you sit around killing time for 18 hours. Then at exactly 11pm on new year’s eve, the police blow the whistles, and madness breaks out. Everyone at once rushes to the street behind a taped blue line to claim front row seats. push and shove is not uncommon at street corners where the late people are trying to grab the same spot. I did this once with a friend visiting from Munich. everyone was rolling up sleeves ready for a fight (not me of course!) luckily no blood was drawn…

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