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Rose Parade 2013: So cold, even Uggie the dog is shivering

Temperatures at the Rose Parade in Pasadena were so chilly, even Uggie the dog appeared to be shivering.

Uggie, the Jack Russell terrier made famous in 2012's Academy Award-winning best picture, the silent film "The Artist," was trembling while aloft the Beverly Hills Pet Care Foundation float. He was photographed wearing a blue vest.

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Temperatures were in the 40s in Pasadena during the parade.

The 10-year-old dog had his paw prints imprinted in June at Grauman's Chinese Theater, and has been a symbol of PETA's adoption campaign.

He has been making the rounds recently, attending the White House Correspondents' Assn. dinner.

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Uggie was a 9-month-old puppy slated for the pound when he was adopted by animal trainer Omar von Muller.


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Rose Parade 2013: Dr. Seuss' 'Follow Your Dreams' starts moving

Rose Parade 2013: Indiana road trippers 'just want to see it in person'

-- Rong-Gong Lin II  

Rose Parade 2013: List of float award winners

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The Tournament of Roses on New Year's Day announced the winners of the 2013 float awards.

Sweepstakes Trophy for most beautiful entry -- Dole: "Dreaming of Paradise"

Grand Marshal's Trophy for excellence in creative concept and design -- HGTV: "All Paths Lead Home'

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President's Trophy for most effective use and presentation of flowers -- Ministry of Tourism & Creative Economies, Republic of Indonesia: "Wonderful Indonesia"

Lathrop K. Leishman Trophy for most beautiful entry from a noncommercial sponsor -- Beverly Hills Pet Care Foundation: "Follow The Stars -- Adopt A Pet!''

Directors' Trophy for outstanding artistic merit in design and floral presentation -- City of San Gabriel Centennial: "Celebrating Our Journey''

Rose Parade 2013: float list and route map

Queen's Trophy for best use of roses -- AIDS Healthcare Foundation: "The Global Face Of AIDS''

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Rose Parade 2013: Pasadena police report 22 pre-parade arrests

Photos: Getting ready for the 124th Rose Parade

A total of 22 people were arrested along the Tournament of Roses Parade Route since 6 p.m. Monday evening, the Pasadena Police Department reported Tuesday morning.

All of those arrested were adults and all but one were apprehended on suspicion public drunkenness, said Lt. Rick Aversano. That individual was caught in possession of burglary tools, Aversano said.

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The small number of arrests was “pretty typical” of the last eight to 10 years, as the proportion of families has increased among parade-goers over the years, Aversano said. In the 1980s, he said, police would arrest about 500 people over the same time period.

“The numbers are down significantly,” he said. “People are well-behaved.”


Dr. Seuss' 'Follow Your Dreams' starts moving

Indiana road trippers 'just want to see it in person'

Costa Rican dancers, Salvadoran band join festivities

-- Eryn Brown

Photo: Pedestrians and campers gather along the Rose Parade route on Colorado Boulevard on Monday night. Credit: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times

Rose Parade 2013: Dr. Seuss' 'Follow Your Dreams' starts moving

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An elaborate Dr. Seuss-themed float launched the 124th Rose Parade in Pasadena, heralding this year's theme: "Oh, The Places You'll Go!"

Oh-places-youll-goThe elaborate "Follow Your Dreams" float, containing 20,000 individual blossoms -- and more than 5,000 roses -- conjured up several fantasy islands. From a 24-foot high castle, a girl scooted herself down a metal slide through a flowery arc --  but the slide had so much friction that she had to use her arms to push herself down. 

Earlier, as the  sun rose over Colorado Boulevard, hundreds of people were already shielding themselves from the morning chill -- which dipped into the 40s -- huddled in blankets and clutching coffee cups.

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At the corner of Fair Oaks Avenue and Colorado Boulevard, the blinking lights of nearby bars were still  going, though the barstools had been upended hours ago with the last of the New Year's revelers.

"Awesome!" yelled a tightly bundled Diego Estrada, 6, pointing to the Goodyear blimp as it floated by.

As the parade moved along, officials dressed in white, head to toe, zipped around in white scooters on Colorado Boulevard, and buses occasionally rolled through, escorted by police.


Azalea Tauer, 36, of Temple City, padded with six layers and a wool scarf, had a fire blazing nearby in a small charcoal barbecue she brought. Her family spent the night angling for a spot for the first time.

"I woke up at 6:30 this morning," she begins to say, and realizes she's more than 24 hours off; that was yesterday. "It just feels like one long day to me," she said.

A table nearby was stocked with a pizza box, half-drunk bottles of water and Coke, an open bag of flaming hot Cheetos and board games to while away the hours.

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Between hers and another family, they've staked enough space for 40 people, two fireplaces and a dozen chairs. The operation started by dropping off her teenage kids and nephew Monday at 7:30 a.m.

"We were late," she explained. Then she circled back to pack and deliver supplies -- sleeping bags, firewood, drinks and anything they could find in the pantry -- in time to claim their spot right at noon Monday.

"You pretty much have to move out of your house and go camping."

She and two kids, husband and nephew spent the night huddled under blankets and sipping hot chocolate.

The Tauers usually wake up on New Year's Day, and the house fills with the smell of freshly made cinnamon rolls and bacon made by her husband. Then they all sit on the couch, huddled in blankets, sipping hot chocolate and watching the parade. This year, she wanted to experience the real deal before her 18-year-old daughter goes off to college. "What a shame to be living here for 30 years and not know what this is like," she said. "Before she leaves, we want to experience that with her."

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Rose Parade 2013: Indiana road trippers 'just want to see it in person'

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They've driven across country, scaled mountains in Utah and California and gambled in Las Vegas, but even for a group of thrill-seeking 20-somethings from Purdue University, their trip wasn't complete without a stop by the Rose Parade.

"I've seen it on TV before, I just want to see it in person," said Ian Dryg, 23, a graduate student studying bio-engineering. "Its cool how they just let us set up here."

Dryg and six of his friends rented a truck and headed out from Indiana on Dec. 16, the day after finals. Their goal: climb mountains and enjoy the winter break.

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Their destination: wherever the road took them.

Each of them had to plan a stop on their journey. But as their makeshift beds in a Pasadena alley would seem to indicate, the trip was more improvisation than organization. They spent the night nearby in New Year's Eve revelry, then decided the alley off Colorado Boulevard would be be a good place to crash.

The Southern California winter was no match for their sleeping bags designed for sub-zero temperatures. Their beards were scraggly, their clothes worn, but their spirits were high.

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"We're definitely getting used to the cold," Dryg said.

The band of adventurers are staying in the city one more night before heading to the Grand Canyon. By Saturday they'll be back in Indiana with stories as colorful as the parade.


BanksFloat salutes Korean War vets

Rose Parade fans stake out prime spots on a chilly night

-- Joseph Serna

Photo: Lidia Barrera tries to stay warm before the start of the 2013 Rose Parade. Credit: Christina House / For The Times

Rose Parade 2013: Costa Rican dancers, Salvadoran band join festivities

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Huddled about 10 feet from the lead Rose Parade float, a group of Costa Rican folk dancers made last-minute arrangements to their brightly colored dresses and slowly hopped in place to warm up.

Despite weeks of practice, 15-year-old Julissa Blanco, of the Alma Tica dancing troupe, was nervous.

"I'm really excited, though," Julissa said, her eye shadow nearly matching the light purple flower in her hair.

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Band members from El Salvador, who traveled by bus over four days to participate in the parade, stopped by to snap a picture.

Drummer David Vega, 20, said he'd never forget the experience.

Vega, decked out in royal blue sweat pants and sweater, said it's been a trip of a lifetime.

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"So far it's been a marvelous experience to be a part of the world's largest parade," Vega said in Spanish. "But more than anything I'm proud to be representing my country."

A passerby screamed out "Viva!" and the group proudly echoed the exhortation before heading out to join the rest of the 160 band members.

At the city of Torrance float, Nicholas Lowe gave final instructions to riders dressed as a surfer, a chef and flight attendant: "Buckle up and watch out for the flowers."

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As the sun started to peek out, the Costa Rican folk dancers took their places in front of the second float.

The volcano on the Dole float behind them shot out a burst of fire, warming the air for a second. With Costa Rican music playing, Julissa smiled and waved her dress to cheers and applause as the parade started, not a hint of nervousness on her face.


BanksFloat salutes Korean War vets

Rose Parade fans stake out prime spots on a chilly night

-- Adolfo Flores

Photo: A rider on the "Dreaming of Paradise'" float by Dole gets some last-minute prep before the parade. Credit: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times

Rose Parade 2013: What time does it start? Where can I watch?

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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.

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Some floats to keep an eye on:

Graphic: Honda's "Follow Your Dreams"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.

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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.


Float operators make last-minute checks

A roaring fire warms spirits on a chilly parade route

Competition among overnight campers for best view

-- 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

Rose Parade 2013: Joyous chaos on Orange Grove Boulevard

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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.

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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.

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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.


BanksFloat salutes Korean War vets

Rose Parade fans stake out prime spots on a chilly night

-- 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

Rose Parade 2013: Float list and route map

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Honda's "Follow Your Dreams" floatThe Rose Parade will get under way at 8 a.m. under chilly conditions, with temperatures in the 40s and 50s. A list of the parade floats -- which will travel 5.5 miles through Pasadena for two hours -- is below.

Following the parade, floats will be on display along Sierra Madre Boulevard between Paloma Street and Sierra Madre Villa Avenue and along Washington Boulevard between Sierra Madre and Woodlyn Road.

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Hours are 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday and 7 to 9 a.m. Wednesday for disabled and senior citizens, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday for everyone. Admission is $10, free for children 5 and younger.

Float entries are in bold. Also, click here for a graphic of of the lead float of the 2013 Rose Parade -- Honda's "Follow Your Dreams," a multi-island vehicle using features inspired by Dr. Seuss to illustrate a child's imagination, dreams and the fun to be had there. The grand marshal is Jane Goodall, who hadn't heard of the Rose Parade until hearing that she had received the title.

1. Wells Fargo 2013 theme banner

2. American Honda

3. Marine Corps Mounted Color Guard

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Rose Parade 2013: Float operators make last-minute checks

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With less than two hours to go before the start of the 124th Rose Parade, float operators up and down the line began a high-tech version of kicking the tires.

"Ok, we're going to make a loud noise here," said Disneyland Imagineer Chuck Davis.

Sounding like something between an explosion and a train whistle, steam shot out in all directions from the bottom of the Disneyland float, prompting screams and laughter from bystanders.

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"OK! It works," said Davis, laughing, his breath puffing in the predawn chill.

The 125-foot long, 90,000-pound float features steam and water effects, 30 moving parts and what Davis calls "a little pyro moment."

It's all controlled by three technicians huddled in a room beneath a miniature cliff representing Radiator Springs from the "Cars" movies. All sound, motion and effects are controlled by Ethernet cable connection.

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A team of 30 Imagineers have worked on the float along with 100 people from Artistic Entertainment Services for about three months, Davis said. Several hundred more volunteers pitched in to decorate it.

The float was a popular destination for early risers Tuesday, who had a chance to preview the floats illuminated by street lamps and floodlights. Many posed for pictures as parade staff in scooters and golf carts maneuvered around, tooting their horns repeatedly.

The float celebrates Disneyland's newest addition, "Cars Land," and other renovations around California Adventure.

The theme park hasn't entered a float in the parade since 2006, Davis said, when it celebrated its 50th anniversary.


BanksFloat salutes Korean War vets

Rose Parade fans stake out prime spots on a chilly night

-- Frank Shyong

Photo: Cars Land float. Credit: Frank Shyong 


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