Tuesday, January 3, 2012
I Love a (Rose) Parade!
Thanks to a group of wonderful and generous friends, I rode on the Kiwanis International float in the Rose Parade (see this post for background). That's me waving to the right of horse in the photo above.
The day before the parade, all the riders got together in front of the float at the Rosemont Pavilion. The woman in the chair is 99-year-old Eleanor, who rode on the Vista del Arroyo Hotel float when she was 16. The others are Kiwanis International officials, Key Club high school students from around the world and Miss Latina Global. It has been the wish of the boy at front left, all his short life, to ride in the Rose Parade, so Kiwanis International flew him here from Charlotte, North Carolina.
Wrigley Mansion, headquarters of the Tournament of Roses, is owned by the City of Pasadena. I shot this as we were passing the mansion on Orange Grove Boulevard:
Karen George shot this on her TV screen in Minnesota:
I can never repay the fantastic generosity of the friends who made this happen for me.
And many thanks to Cafe Pasadena for the top photo, which he shot from a rooftop on Colorado Boulevard.
See the next post down for what led up to this incredible day! And then go here for even more photos.