Post Parade: A Showcase of Floats


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January 2nd 2015
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Hi again,

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 areaFloat viewing areaFloat 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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The Theme floatThe Theme float
The Theme float

The theme float: Inspiring Stories
Delicate birdhouse that looks so realDelicate birdhouse that looks so real
Delicate birdhouse that looks so real

Delicate birdhouse that looks so real
It's called the Rose Parade for a reasonIt's called the Rose Parade for a reason
It's called the Rose Parade for a reason

It's called the Rose Parade for a reason!
A realistic grill on a balconyA realistic grill on a balcony
A realistic grill on a balcony

A realistic grill on a balcony. The attention to detail in design is very impressive. I mean, who would think "oh, that house needs a balcony with a grill"??
Red lentils and oranges were popularRed lentils and oranges were popular
Red lentils and oranges were popular

Red lentils and oranges were popular design elements.
Lime slicesLime slices
Lime slices

You had to get close to see that lime slices were used to create a fish
Dried tomato slices gave life to this flounderDried tomato slices gave life to this flounder
Dried tomato slices gave life to this flounder

Dried tomato slices gave life to this flounder
Grapefruit and orange slicesGrapefruit and orange slices
Grapefruit and orange slices

Grapefruit and oranges slices create colorful areas.
Broccoli, no dipBroccoli, no dip
Broccoli, no dip

Who knew broccoli is so versatile?
Closeup of the turtle headCloseup of the turtle head
Closeup of the turtle head

Close up of the turtle's head. Be sure to look at the next two turtle photos
The turtle's headThe turtle's head
The turtle's head

The turtle's head...Made of green peas and garbanzo beans (and lots of glue)
The turtleThe turtle
The turtle

Isn't it interesting to see the minute detail and compare it to this "normal" distance look?
An oriental rugAn oriental rug
An oriental rug

Can you believe that this is NOT really a rug?
One of my favorite photosOne of my favorite photos
One of my favorite photos

This little owl is one of my favorite photos
Notice the floral tubesNotice the floral tubes
Notice the floral tubes

Notice the floral tubes into which these flowers have been placed
HummingbirdHummingbird
Hummingbird

Do you see the hummingbird? It is a real hummingbird that flew into my photo! The floats were enjoyed by humans and birds and bees!
Bananas, but not reallyBananas, but not really
Bananas, but not really

These bananas aren't really bananas. They are green and yellow split peas pretending to be bananas
ZucchiniZucchini
Zucchini

I think I had some zucchini this size in my garden this summer! This was part of a huge Trader Joe's float.
Whimsical elephantWhimsical elephant
Whimsical elephant

Notice that the pads on this whimsical elephant's feet are roses. Very effective...
A Bird of Paradise flower - not!A Bird of Paradise flower - not!
A Bird of Paradise flower - not!

A created bird-of-paradise flower. There were many real birds-of-paradise on the floats but this creative man-made one caught my eye.
Yummy yellow peppersYummy yellow peppers
Yummy yellow peppers

So many floats made us hungry! Here real yellow peppers are nestled in with decorative veggies
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3rd January 2015

Thank you for taking the time to let us come along with you and Jeff (and your two little friends). Now I have another trip on my bucket list!!
3rd January 2015

No, you may not bring one home! It would not fit in your living room!It is an interesting form of art that has evolved in technique over the years. As I recall (as a kid, which may not be accurate), the flowers and petals had to all be pu
t on the night before as there were no little florist tubes to keep them fresh. The floats had a chicken wire structure that was covered with a spray foam (or something) into which the flowers were poked. Today's methods allow for much more detail. Fun stuff!
3rd January 2015

Bigger living room?????
3rd January 2015

From this distance is looks great, but to take the time to look at and "see" the details--thank you, Jane.
3rd January 2015

Serendipity!!
3rd January 2015

Whenever I see these, in all their beautiful variations, I think of you, Jane.

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