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A Tournament of Roses Chariot Race from 1908.
A Tournament of Roses Chariot Race from 1908. The race was later replaced by the Rose Bowl Game in Pasadena, California. Now they just use lots of pretty flowers.
Welcome to your shiny new 2013. For those who aren't too hung over from ringing in the new year—or for those of you already on your third pot of coffee and fourth handful of aspirin—why not kick back and watch some pretty floats?
This year there are 42 floats, 21 equestrian groups, and 23 marching bands from as far away as Japan in the Rose Parade. If you want to know when to watch for your favorite float, band, or equestrian group, take a look at the 2013 Parade order.

The 2013 parade theme is “Oh, The Places You’ll Go.” The Grand Marshal is Dr. Jane Goodall, MBE, the world famous primatologist and animal welfare advocate. Previous Grand Marshals include actors, astronauts, writers, artists, athletes and political figures such as Mary Pickford, Dwight Eisenhower, Bob Hope, Kate Smith, Walt Disney, Shirley Temple Black, Bob Newhart, Angela Lansbury, Tom Brokaw and Bill Cosby.

You can find out everything you ever wanted to know and then some here. The parade coverage begins at 11 AM ET.

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  •  HGTV has no commercials (10+ / 0-)

    Ok other than lots of promos for their shows, but they actually show most of the parade. Very best coverage I've found. And their hosts know about the plant materials.

  •  Stanford will crush Wisconsin (2+ / 0-)
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    Hobbs: "How come we play war and not peace?" Calvin: "Too few role models."

    by BOHICA on Tue Jan 01, 2013 at 06:15:56 AM PST

  •  She is a Grande Dame (11+ / 0-)

    Dr. Goodall, APOPO Founder Bart Weetjens, and HeroRAT trainer Tony view the training of a landmine detection HeroRAT.

    APOPO’s trained Mine Detection Rats (MDRs) provide a cheap, efficient and effective solution to the global landmine problem. The framework for all of APOPO’s mine action support is to develop and utilize appropriate and efficient land release methodology that will enhance the work of APOPO and potential partner organizations.

    Hobbs: "How come we play war and not peace?" Calvin: "Too few role models."

    by BOHICA on Tue Jan 01, 2013 at 06:21:33 AM PST

  •  Going to the Rose Bowl to see my Stanford (4+ / 0-)
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    Cardinal kick some Wisconsin Badger butt!!!

    President Obama, January 9, 2012: "Change is hard, but it is possible. I've Seen it. I've Lived it."

    by Drdemocrat on Tue Jan 01, 2013 at 06:26:46 AM PST

  •  Rose, schmoze... (3+ / 0-)
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    I'm waiting for this evening's Orange Bowl game. Go NIU Huskies!

  •  parade (6+ / 0-)

    When I was a kid growing up in Burbank, my dad would take the family to the Rose Bowl Parade. It was lots of fun for a kid. Probably would be fun today, too.

  •  My wife and I went to the Rose Bowl in 2008. (5+ / 0-)
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    I'd rather not mention the game(USC 49, Illinois 17) but the trip was a nice break from winter Illinois, including a side trip to the magnificent Getty museum, a trip to see the construction of the floats as well as the parade. The stadium itself is different than any other I've ever been in. There's no running water inside, all the restrooms are built into the outside walls of the stadium.  Maybe a minor league bucket list item.

    "Remember, Republican economic policies quadrupled the debt before I took office and doubled it after I left. We simply can't afford to double-down on trickle-down." Bill Clinton

    by irate on Tue Jan 01, 2013 at 06:31:15 AM PST

  •  So ... (7+ / 0-)

    Jane Goodall is expected to use role to promote some environmental issues.

    Also, interesting to look at the Greening Strategies. Wonder if HGTV (or others) will make the slightest mention.

    Triple Pundit post on greening bowl games

    Rose Bowl: All those tree branches and flower petals festooned on those floats have got to go somewhere. Could Miracle-Gro come to the rescue? So far, the new sponsorship is only focused on community parks, but there is some chatter about improving the game’s and parade’s environmental sustainability. This year, the parade’s grand marshall and game coin-flipper is Jane Goodall, who hopes her presence this year encourages the event’s organizing committee to take environmental stewardship more seriously.

    Blogging regularly at Get Energy Smart NOW! for a sustainable energy future.

    by A Siegel on Tue Jan 01, 2013 at 06:37:48 AM PST

  •  No roses this year (0+ / 0-)

    but to honor my roots the Michigan flag has been raised.

    I'm pretty tired of being told what I care about.

    by hulibow on Tue Jan 01, 2013 at 06:41:02 AM PST

  •  I dont know, it must have been the roses, (3+ / 0-)

    The roses or the ribbons in her long brown hair

  •  If I only knew what the Tournament of Roses was? (2+ / 0-)
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  •  I just asked my husband-- (8+ / 0-)

    What time does the parade start?

    I remember the first time we finally got a color TV--I was probably around 10 or 11--and how incredible all the flowers and floats looked! It was like magic to see everything in color.

    The flowers still seem like magic to me, especially on a morning when I look out and all I see is snow surrounding me.

    Thanks for my smile :-)

    Peace, Hope, Faith, Love

    by mapamp on Tue Jan 01, 2013 at 06:52:20 AM PST

  •  One of my favorite Rose Bowl bits from years past (5+ / 0-)
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    was from the year Charles Schulz was Grand Marshall. That day's Peanuts strip showed Linus and Lucy at home, with Lucy watching TV:

    Linus: What are you watching?

    Lucy: The Rose Bowl parade.

    Linus: Who's the Grand Marshall this year?

    Lucy: Some guy I never heard of.

    If you can't say anything nice about the GOP, please post here more often.

    by Omir the Storyteller on Tue Jan 01, 2013 at 06:53:33 AM PST

  •  Having lived in Louisiana for seven years ... (5+ / 0-)

    ... I have no use for a parade where they're not throwing things off the floats. ;-)

  •  ::sigh:: (2+ / 0-)
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    A script on this page may be busy, or it may have stopped responding. You can stop the script now, or you can continue to see if the script will complete.


    Huffblow never fails to not load. PITA.

    I ♥ President Obama. ~ Yes, we did. Again.
    NOW: Hands off SocSec, Medicare and Medicaid. NO Grand Bargain.
    Rich pay a bit more. DoD take a bit less. End war on Afghanistan sooner.

    by OleHippieChick on Tue Jan 01, 2013 at 06:58:14 AM PST

  •  I think all parades should have edible floats. (1+ / 0-)
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    "God bless us, every one!" ~ T. Tim

    by jwinIL14 on Tue Jan 01, 2013 at 07:04:55 AM PST

  •  Heading off to the Rose Bowl soon- (1+ / 0-)
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    Go Card!!!!!

  •  Dr. Jane Goodall rocks n/t (3+ / 0-)
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    When you are right you cannot be too radical; when you are wrong, you cannot be too conservative. --Martin Luther King Jr.

    by Egalitare on Tue Jan 01, 2013 at 07:28:22 AM PST

  •  Lived For 4 Years A Block And A Half Off Colorado (1+ / 0-)
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    Always gave me something to do New Years Eve. Could go and people watch the madness of everyone camping out overnight on a city street. Then go back to the warmth of my apartment.  Had to be one of the coldest nights ever for it last night.  I don't know if you gain much more ability to view parade by getting there early. I would wait till parade time and walk down and be about 7 or so people back from the street.  I would bring a plastic resin chair to stand on and could see everything.  

  •  The Rose Parade, good and bad (1+ / 0-)
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    The Rose Parade was started in 1890 by the affluent Valley Hunt Club, at a time when land prices in the region were slumping. Pasadena was incorporated in 1886, mostly by immigrants from Indiana. The Pasadena festival soon became the most successful warm weather winter festival, even before there was any football. Winter carnivals or ice festivals were well known in late 19th century America and became profitable once railroad connections permitted tourist visits. Quebec City carnaval began in 1880. Montreal started in 1883, St. Paul, MN, in 1886, and Leadville, CO in 1896. East Coast newspapers sent reporters to the Rose Parade beginning in 1898. Pasadena was more rail accessible than the Florida coast. The undefeated Cincinnati Red Stockings played in San Francisco only a few months after the transcontinental railroad began in 1869.

    In the 19th century, Chinese people were at the bottom of Pasadena society; signs in the Arroyo Seco said ‘no jobs for Chinese'. After 1900, attacks on African-Americans began and city facilities like Brookside Plunge (now the Aquatic Center) discriminated against blacks. They could swim in the pool only on the last day before the water was replaced. Many blacks moved to Pasadena during and after World War II, and racial tensions increased. Pasadena is one of the most unequal cities in California today; 30% of school aged children attend private schools while drive by shootings mar Northwest Pasadena.  A Christmas Day shooting killed a prominent black community activist this year.

    The Tournament of Roses (TOR) has been a good ole boys club although that is slowly changing. It’s been closely interlocked with city government and the Chamber of Commerce and still is. It has always espoused conservative values. A float in 1958 was canceled after a light-skinned black was chosen by city employees, to ride on it as "Miss Crown City.” City Hall clerk Joan Williams recalled later that no explanation was ever given for the cancellation. A famous lawsuit to achieve integrated schools led to the first school busing outside the Old South. In 1970, the Federal District Court ordered that no Pasadena School could open with a “majority minority population.”  Pasadena began busing many minority students to other within-district schools, although white districts like La Canada had already left the Pasadena Public School system.

    Pasadena public schools went from 75% white in 1960 to less than 10% white today and are often vilified by conservatives. There’s a dramatic contrast between the public schools of Pasadena, with enrollment dropping every year and nearly 80% of children qualifying for school lunch programs and the high performing public schools of nearby South Pasadena. An incoming family with an income of 80-100 thousand and school age children will almost always choose South Pasadena because they constantly hear that the Pasadena schools are bad and they would need to send those children to private schools.

    The Rose Parade and associated festivities bring money. The city government and the Tournament of Roses have given token support to the public schools and looked the other way as crime and poverty festered in Northwest Pasadena. A famous 1969 LA Times article spoke of “a ghetto half a mile from the world’s most famous stadium” and quoted a mother who feared that the schools would soon be “less than 50% Caucasian”. I wouldn’t use the word ghetto today; Latinos now outnumber blacks in the Pasadena public schools. I would say that the city, the chamber of commerce and the TOR continue the same old same old. Those who believe in public education must hope for real change within the TOR.

  •  Grew up in Pasadena! (1+ / 0-)
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    I am very nostalgic about the Rose Parade. "Saving space for the family" gave us an excuse to stay out all night at a street party from age 13 on. Gluing flowers onto floats gave us something "constructive" to do between Christmas and New Years. Once I was 16 and driving, I appreciated the city policy that stopped all street construction for a couple of months before the parade.

    We actually moved to Pasadena because of the parade. One cold night in Milwaukee in 1966, my parents announced that we were moving to California. They spread out a map of Los Angeles and asked where we would like to live. We (5 kids, ages 6 to 13) said "Pasadena, Anaheim, or Beverly Hills." They were the three places we had seen on TV, or visited on a family trip to Disneyland.

    Pasadena is one of the three or four oldest cities in Los Angeles County, and has a lot of interesting history, including Jackie Robinson, integration of the schools, Greene & Greene architecture, Cal Tech, and Jet Propulsion Lab (not actually Pasadena, but close.)

    During the late 60s and early 70s, characters like Peter Bergman would do an alternative narration to the Channel 5 live broadcast of the parade. Well worth listening to, especially if you were stoned and drinking Bloody Marys.

    All that said, I've never gotten it together to drag my own kids (now virtually adults) to the Rose Parade from Santa Monica, where I've lived for the past 30 years. However, I'm glad there is still a parade, and people who want to watch it.

    And I continue to daydream about designing the Left alternative to the float that has Jesus on it---maybe the Unitarian Universalist float (symbols of all religions and a group of people in rainbow shirts singing "This Little Light of Mine") or the Feminist Women's Health Center float (speculum and mirror) or the Democratic Socialists of America float (Red hammer and sickle; Green recycling symbol).

    "When you give back all your ill-gotten gains, you're a reformed crook. When you keep most of the loot and only give back a small part of it, you're a philanthropist." - Alfred E. Newman

    by Abstract668 on Tue Jan 01, 2013 at 11:31:33 AM PST

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