As many of us care for elders who would appreciate all the wonderful elements of the parade (flowers! horses! marching bands!) as well as appreciating them ourselves, consider this your DVR reminder!
In my area the parade will be broadcast on a few different channels but I am recording a broadcast with Leeza Gibbons hosting. I seem to recall her co-hosting the parade back in 2020 (the 2021 parade was canceled of course) and finding her presentation enthusiastic and informed yet low-key and non-idiotic. Hoping this is the case again this year.
Enjoy and Happy New Year!
Now I live about 35 miles from the mountains, and they're crystal clear. It's a big change from the 1960s-1970s of my youth. We had a lot of rain last week, so the mountains are clear and covered in snow, just in time for the parade and national TV! :-)
Yes, the Rose Court girls are beautiful, but in my day (late 1970s), you just had to be pretty enough (and have flaws they could fix with a good haircut) and have a nice personality. Now they want you to have cured cancer as a high school senior! My niece tried out two years ago, and she's in that category, but even she didn't get part the second round of tryouts. I'd have been doomed.
Brings back good memories.
MJ my son was born there also.
My brother lives there now.
There was a time that the air pollution was so bad there, it was making me ill.
I think the air has cleared in Pasadena, especially today. (Every year the parade is beautiful.)
Sorry the Utes did not prevail Midkid. Made a good effort!
Snoopy, the mini therapy horses were so cute, I want one. I loved it when they jumped up.
I thought Leeza and cohost Mark did a nice job.
Will watch the game later today.
I'm watching the game on ESPN. It's fun just as I thought, with the Utes underdog being up two scores at the moment. OMG, now Ohio State lost the ball 10 yards from the end zone, recovered by Utes! You almost never see those kinds of plays in NFL.
I love the tradition of the Rose Parade and all the memories of it over the years. I still secretly wish I'd made it onto the court, but I was just too dorky at that time in my life to have had a chance! ;-)
Watching on T.V., not gathering in crowds until the pandemic is in the past.
MJ, You sound like a proud Pasadena resident. I grew up there, went to the parade every year, then took my son, e v e r y y e a r! Those mountains are beauiful. I no longer live in Pasadena.
The entire Tournament of Roses organization is amazing, and the work those volunteers do all year is truly admirable.
Watch the parade tomorrow and know that I'm looking at those same spectacular snow-covered mountains out my window! We had them painted with snow this week just for you! :-)
They drove through a blizzard for about 100 miles last night. I guess they made it cause I haven't heard otherwise!!
Watch Britain Covey and Tavion Thomas--they're both awesome players. The UTES are so psyched for this game. We've been to bowl games but never the Granddaddy of bowls! When Utah beat the Ducks and were PAC 12 champs, and we realized that we'd be in the Rose Bowl, I texted my son and said "YOU NEED TO TAKE YOUR DAD TO THIS!!"
Weather here in Utah is awful right now. Son flew in from Seattle and the plane was just approching the runway and the pilot pulled up and took them to Grand Junction for re-fueling. I can't imagine being the pilot who had to tell all those U fans that they were going to Grand Junction 'for a little bit'. Crazy.
I keep up on AL calendars, and more than one of them has some person explaining football so that people can feel more invested in enjoying the game. If you only understand a tiny bit, you can still enjoy football.
Go Utes as they're pac-12.