Rose Parade 2013: Joyous chaos on Orange Grove Boulevard
The sun rose to cloudy skies and a scene of joyous chaos at the intersection of Orange Grove and Del Mar boulevards in Pasadena on Tuesday.
Families, arriving at the start of the 2013 Rose Parade to find it jammed with people, entered negotiations on which direction to go. The smell of bacon-wrapped hot dogs with onions filled the air.
People donned jester hats with bells, neon-pink bunny ears with flashing lights, and plain old knit beanies against the cold. Dole's float began a kind of pre-party, shooting plumes of flame from its top and blaring mariachi music.
Nearby a high school marching band warmed up its brass section with ominous minor tones. It was a rude awakening for many of the parade's overnight campers, who spent much of their time huddled beneath layers of fleece. Many awoke and snacked on a breakfast of potato chips and soda.
Russ Cook and Betty Cardenas of Long Beach spent the night at Cook's cousin's house right at the start of the parade. They stepped outside for a look.
"It's my second parade, but her first," Cook said. Next on the agenda is breakfast inside, Cook said. "Cured ham and fresh eggs with Tapatio," he said.
-- Frank Shyong
Photo: The start of the Rose Parade on Orange Grove Boulevard heading toward Colorado Boulevard. The Rose Parade has been a Pasadena tradition for more than 120 years. Credit: Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times