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Crossing Items off Our “Bucket List”

by Vickie Glaser; photos by Glen Glaser, Jim and Darcie Gore

Building Dreams, Friendships & Memories; that was the theme of the 2011 Pasadena Tournament of Roses 122nd Rose Parade.  On New Year's Day most people wake up to watch the Rose Parade on television and admire all of the work that is put into the float presentations, selection of the marching bands and equestrian participants.
I'm sure most of you have made your bucket list of things you would like to do or see throughout your lifetime.  One of our very own residents, Darcie Gore, had on her bucket list to attend the float viewing the day after the parade.  This year Darcie was able to check this off her list as she, Jim, Glen and Vickie Glaser were able to attend as Darcie got tickets early in 2010 for the event.
When watching the parade on television you see how beautiful the floats are and hear the ingredients used for the floats.  Being able to personally see the details and ask questions as to specific materials used cannot be described in words.  Even taking pictures does not justify the beauty but we have included a slide show of some of our favorites from the parade.

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  1. and now we have a slide show...

  2. GREAT JOB - Beautiful pictures. Pay is low, but you're hired!!!

  3. These pictures really don't do them justice, it is so hard to explain seeing all the seeds, grass and flowers combine to make these piece of art!

    A year ago, I went on the Internet and got tickets to see the Rose Parade floats post parade viewing. The tickets were only $5.00 through the official Tournament of Roses website.

    The floats were even more beautiful than I had hoped. We went Jan. 2nd during the senior and disabled set aside time and were able to park about 50 yards from the first float. Crowds were light for the first two hours until they opened the gate for the general public. We were at the last floats when the gates opened and were going back to the car it started to sprinkle.

    The only surface not covered by organic material was a fire hydrant on the 9/11-memorial float that was charred. It was the first time in Rose parade history an object has not had to be covered.

    I have repeatedly tried to pick a favorite float but it was impossible. Should it be the ones with the life like animals, the whimsy animals, the most moving emotionally, or ones that look like you could walk in them and be in the scene? In the end, I couldn’t decide, as there were so many details and beauty in all the floats.

    It was an experience I will never forget- everyone should try go at least once!

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