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Rose Parade attendees expect little sleep before Pasadena event

January 2, 2012 |  1:49 am

In the early morning before the start of the annual Rose Parade, Pasadena's picturesque Colorado Boulevard resembled a large outdoor slumber party with vendors hawking warm hats, attendees sleeping on inflatable mattresses and many onlookers sitting around in warm pajamas.

Lupe Rosales and her family, first-time parade attendees, staked out a spot Sunday night around 6 p.m. Under the glow of a space heater. The 17-year-old Rosales said she was surprised by the number of people camping on the street.

"It's kind of crazy," she said. "We don't plan on sleeping."

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Rosales added that coming to the parade this year was a last-minute decision for the Taft-area family.

Farther down the boulevard, David and Rebecca Calderon were huddled under blankets. David, 14, was listening to music on his iPod while his sister Rebecca, 18, surfed the web from a laptop.

The Calderon clan has attended the event for four years, camping out three times.

"Its more of an experience to camp out," Rebecca said. "You get together with family."

Rebecca said that this year they've seen more activity. Pedestrians are even pelting passing cars with silly string or tortillas with whipped cream, the pair added.

They brother and sister don't anticipate sleeping much and said they look forward to seeing the creativity of the floats this year.

"It's one thing to watch it on TV," Rebecca said. "In person, you see more details and see all the hard work people put in on the floats."

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 -- Ricardo Lopez

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