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Rose Parade: Despite brisk chill, revelers camp out

January 1, 2011 |  1:07 am

Despite the brisk chill, revelers camping out for the Rose Parade on New Year's were making merry and dabbling in mischief along Colorado Boulevard.

Youngsters pelted muscle car cruisers with tortillas and marshmallows in Old Pasadena as club-goers navigated the sidewalk in stilleto heels, weaving among tents, sleeping bags and air mattresses. Vendors hawked noisemakers to ring in the new year and hot chocolate to stay warm in the cold. Spontaneous dance parties broke out.

On the corner of Los Robles and Colorado, Ryan Cousin and Harry Sippel sang to pass the time.  Cousin, 20, trekked from Antelope Valley with three friends and snagged a coveted spot of sidewalk real estate early Friday morning. They made some room at noon for Sippel's Oregon brood after the 66-year-old showed off his banjo.

"We all live in a yellow submarine, yellow submarine," Sippel crooned before moving on to a rousing rendition of "This Land Is Your Land."

"It's been one big party tonight," Cousin said. He said he used to march in the Rose Parade with the Pasadena honor band in high school. "We still bring guitars and ukuleles to pass the time before the parade."

For every camper toting a banjo, there was another who upgraded to high-tech amusement.

Jody Poling of Phoenix brought a Wii, two flat-screen TVs and a Rock Band video game complete with drum set and mike.

"The adults are going to rock out in a little bit with the help of this," Poling said, nodding toward her Red Bull spiked with "something extra." "We're warming our voices right now."

Her daughters Brooklyn, 9, and Delaney, 11, punched the air, locked in Wii boxing combat.

"We usually go to a party for New Year's and leave the kids with a babysitter," Poling said. "But my mother-in-law is from L.A. and always talked about how amazing this tradition was. We finally decided to come and start a new family tradition."

Eighteen members of the Poling clan were staked out on the sidewalk, although some planned to sleep in one of the three RVs they brought from Phoenix.

"Once you invest in the concept of the Rose Parade, you want to know how far you can go without breaking the law," Poling said with a laugh.


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-- Shan Li