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A Cut Above The Rest...The 2010 Tournament of Roses Parade

Happy New Year to you all! Did any of you watch the Rose Parade? I watch it every year from the warmth and comfort of my family room couch. Have I ever slept on the freezing cold sidewalks of Colorado Blvd just to get a frist-hand look at the Rose Parade? Yes, I have. Once. It was back in the '80's and never again.
Nowadays, I watch it mostly just to to see my city's float. Yes, my little town is one of only a handful that raise the 40K or more to design and build a float. This year was extra special because my city won the Mayor's Trophy and it is well deserved. This year's float honored the Tuskegee Airmen who were definately a cut above the rest. They were the first black airmen to proudly serve our country during World War II.
I swelled up with pride (or was it all the cookies and tamales I was eating, ok, ok, all three) as I watched the "City of West Covina-Mayor's Trophy" flash across my television screen. No, Beverly Hills doesn't sponsor a float, Laguna Hills doesn't have a float! Neither does Hollywood but my little city does! I suppose the Rose Parade is more of a Pasadena and surrounding area-thing rather than a Los Angeles-thing but it is probably(next to the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade) the most popular parade in the world. I am also fortunate enough to have "MY" float delivered to my doorstep, well, not exactly my doorstep but close enough. The float slowly travelled all day Sunday through the back streets of the San Gabriel Valley to arrive 5 hours later at a local shopping center parking lot. The city made a 3-day event out of it so I dragged the kiddies down to see the float and enjoy all of the festivites. I hope my kids will always appreciate all of the endless hard work and dedication this small group of West Covinians puts forth for them and all of the residents. A big thank you from us! See you next year! Kimmie with her keepsake rose and the very handsome Tuskegee Airmen

12 comments:

  1. I love the Rose Bowl Parade! We watch it every year on TV.

    Back in 2006 we had these great VIP tickets to the parade. I was sooo excited to go. Unfortunately, it was the first time in half a friggin century that it rained on parade day (no, I take that back... it didn't rain, it POURED!) Even with ponchos and great seats I was soaked to the skin and couldn't see a darn tootin' thing. It was so bad, we left before the end and finished watching it on our television in the hotel room while drying out our clothes.

    The only thing that made the trip worth it was we had been given tickets to the Rose Bowl game (Texas Longhorns vs Southern CA Trojans). I don't like football... so we scalped the tickets (don't tell anyone) for $800 to some guy and his wife who were from Texas. That made me happy. And the Longhorns won that year, so I guess the guy was happy with his purchase too!

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  2. I've always wanted to go to the Rose Bowl parade. That's really cool that you have a special part in it! :)

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  3. What a great thing to experience, and a wonderful group of men to honor!

    Happy New Year!

    My VGNO

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  4. I'm not a huge fan of the parade but I do find it amazing. How great that your town participates in this event. What a wonderful float.
    Happy VGNO!

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  5. I haven't watched the Rose parade {on TV} since I was a kid! Wow! I can't believe it's been that long.

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  6. In the 80's I slept on the cold sidewalk once to watch the parade. Never again! Dang it was cold and by the time the parade started, I was too tired to enjoy it.

    Happy New Year!

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  7. I went to the parade once. I also worked on a float. It was fun being up on the scaffolding gluing flower petals all day.

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  8. Stopping by for a little belated VGNO action. Hope you are having a great weekend!

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  9. Sounds like fun!

    Hope you had a great VGNO!

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  10. Your float was beautiful! My daughter & I watched the parade & loved every minute. My husband isn't a parade fan at all but was there to see the Rose Bowl, too bad the Ducks didn't win, we're still in a funk around here! I'd love to see the floats up close sometime!

    Hope you had a Happy VGNO!

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  11. Happy New Year to you Chica!!
    I hope you are well and that 2010 is treating you good!

    The Rose parade-I have always wanted to watch it, but never catch it, only highlights later that day!

    Have a great Monday, hope your weekend was lovely!

    Smooches,
    Sassy Chica

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  12. Did it hurt a little bit that you didn't get to see the Trojans play in the Rose Bowl game afterwards? We're Trojan fans too! Not a great new year's day at our house!

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