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Published: June 20th 2017
Post Parade Brochure
Post parade brochure and map
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Actually, There isn't a lot to tell you about today other than it was a great day! We got up semi-early and enjoyed our free hotel breakfast. Then we donned our special wristbands, made sure we had our tickets, hopped in the car and drove about a mile to the shuttle bus that would take us to our final Rose Parade event.
Today is the post-parade viewing of the floats. And, wow, you really can get up close. It was very crowded but since the floats were spread over 2 miles you could usually wiggle into a close photo position.
Every float had a little barricade around it and was manned by a "white suitor" The folks in white suits are the parade volunteers and they were everywhere these past three days. Today they talked about the floats and answered questions. They are very friendly and informative. Jeff and I wanted to know about the florists' tubes, the ones filled with 7-up to keep the flowers fresh, we wondered what happened to those - there must be about a bazillion of them. Well, they are recycled and used again next year! How would you like the job of pulling
Float viewing area
Float viewing area
them out of the float, removing the lid, and removing the flower for all those flowers on all those floats?
The weather was just gorgeous today, to the point that we walked about in T-shirts and wondered if we would get sunburnt. It was a beautiful day and a very nice way to end our trip.
You will recognize many of the floats in the photos below. This time though I tried to choose shots that show the incredible details of the float designs. I've written more descriptive captions so you see what we saw.
Tonight we went out to dinner at "Lucky Baldwins Trappiste" which was an English pub style restaurant. In keeping with the decor and apparent local custom, we both order fish & chips and Jeff sampled two beers from the local "Craftsman" brewery.
We're both tired - all that walking and sunshine I suppose.
This is is my final blog entry for this trip. I hope you've had fun; certainly more fun the Pokey and Gumby who rode around in the backpack all day and never got out for a photo op!
Goodbye for now....
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