Wow, calcoast, that was a strange story about the band, wonder what that was all about.? I also noticed how the parade went at a pretty good clip, to
keep it within two hours for a tight viewing schedule? In the old days, the next tv programming wouldn't start until the parade ended. I can remember
being pretty pissed off when that changed and it was obvious there was more to the parade, but the announcers were saying goodbye!
Yes, the parade has become more international, but it's been to American standards and style. The queen and her court are still very local girls.
It's a beloved parade around the world. The announcer said that next year will be broadcast in China. Billions and billions of more viewers.
Probably more money to be made off broadcasting rights and dvds.
I've only seen the parade live a couple times, which is a party unto itself. But I've caught it every year on tv, which I prefer, as you get
commentary about the floats, bands, and equestrian groups.
Yes, going to see the floats after the parade is special, too, as you can get a close up look at the variety of plants and how they're used and SMELL
all the roses. I haven't done that for several years; but the last time I went, the animated floats were able to do their animation there, too.
I've never helped decorate the floats, but I do remember decades ago watching the floats travel down San Gabriel Blvd to the landfill. I don't think
they do that anymore.
anxietydisorder, what an adorable story! I love it! I would say going above and beyond the call of duty lol
Something pre-parade earlier in the week I saw on tv this year for the first time was a two hour equestrian show put on at the LA Equestrian Center,
with all the equestrian groups who were in this year's parade. It was on RFD TV, and I definitely will look for it next year.