As spectators on Colorado Boulevard began counting down to the new year, mischief, fun and fatigue began to spread.
Kids squirted silly string and tossed whipped cream pies at passing cars. Late-night club-goers tottered out of doors in zebra-print stilettos. Others began nodding off.
Police activity along the parade route was largely calm, except for a fight late this evening involving at least three teenage males who knocked over some spectators' chairs as they attempted -- and failed -- to elude police. The teenagers, who were questioned on Colorado Boulevard just east of Fair Oaks Avenue, were not arrested.
Eight young men from Ohio played "Corn Hole" on the corner of Raymond Avenue just south of Colorado Boulevard, tossing beanbags 10 feet away through a board with a hole cut in it. “It’s a Midwest thing,” said Brad Watkins, 22. “People look at us like we’re weird here.”
Watkins and seven other buddies drove 2,600 miles in a Chevy minivan to land a spot on the parade route.
“We blew a tire on an Indian reservation in Nevada, and we’ve been eating cookies and ham sandwiches the whole time,” said Joshua Sigler, 22. The group dreamed up the trip once they knew their home team, Ohio State, was on its way to the Rose Bowl to compete against the Oregon Ducks.
-- Amina Khan, reporting from Pasadena
Photo: Brian Bautista, 11, of Irvine manages to catch some sleep next to a busy Pasadena street while waiting for Friday's Rose Parade. Credit: Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times