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Rose Parade: Thousands eagerly line Colorado Boulevard

January 2, 2012 |  7:36 am

Joggers before Rose Parade
Thousands of visitors lined the chilly streets of Pasadena early Monday morning, waiting to catch their first glimpse of the colorful floats, bands and equestrians that will march along Colorado Boulevard for the 123rd Annual Rose Parade.

The Tournament of Roses is expecting the crowd to reach more than 150,000 this year. The parade is being held on Jan. 2 instead of the traditional Jan. 1 because the parade is not held on Sundays.

Parade-goers will see 44 flower-adorned floats. The parade dates to 1890, when members of Pasadena's Valley Hunt Club decorated their horse-drawn carriages with fresh-cut flowers from their gardens to celebrate the warm weather in the West.

PHOTOS: Ready for the roses

Now, the parade precedes the Rose Bowl Game in which the Wisconsin Badgers and Oregon Ducks will face off at the 98th Annual Rose Bowl. 

Among the die-hard fans and first-time parade-goers will be a new group: Occupy the Rose Parade protesters. Members are hoping to bring attention to their cause of economic equality after local officials in Los Angeles, New York and other places shut down their campuses. 

The parade will start at 8 a.m. followed by the football game at 1:30 p.m.

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-- Angel Jennings

Photo: Joggers carry a U.S. flag as they jog down Colorado Boulevard before the start of the 123nd Rose Parade in Pasadena. Credit: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times.

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