Rose Parade 2013: What time does it start? Where can I watch?
The Rose Parade starts at 8 a.m. Pacific Time on New Year's Day, and is being broadcast live on The Times' homepage, on KTLA-TV (Channel 5) and its online stream, and on NBC and ABC affiliates across the country.
The parade's grand marshal is conservationist Jane Goodall, who learned about the parade only after receiving her title. Goodall is perhaps best known for her groundbreaking research on wild chimpanzees in Tanzania. Now 78, she remains focused on issues involving conservation, crisscrossing the globe to visit schools and give lectures.
Some floats to keep an eye on:
No. 2: American Honda's "Follow Your Dreams" is the lead float in the parade, reflecting this year's theme, "Oh, The Places You'll Go." The 100-foot-long vehicle consists of three islands that display features inspired by Dr. Seuss to illustrate a child's imagination and dreams, and the fun to be had there. [Graphic]
No. 66: Natural Balance Pet Foods' "Canines With Courage," celebrating decades of service by U.S. military working dogs trained to sniff out booby traps, deliver messages and track enemies.
No. 73: Farmers Insurance's "Love Float," featuring a Virginia couple who will tie the knot in front of millions of witnesses viewers. Gerald Sapienza and Nicole Angelillo beat out three other couples vying to get married aboard the float in a national online contest. The ceremony, expected to take place at 9:34 a.m. as the float drives down the 5½-mile parade route, will be officiated by radio personality Sean Valentine.
No. 77: Department of Defense Korean War Anniversary. Sixty years after combat ceased in the Korean War, officials say few paid attention when the veterans of that war came home. "The Rose Parade is the heroes' welcome these veterans always deserved and never got," said Army Col. David J. Clark, who mingled with volunteers and veterans at a decorating session.
-- Times staff
Photo: Floats line up on Orange Grove Boulevard before the start of the 2013 Rose Parade. Credit: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times