For the past few years I've been going to Pasadena, the site of the Rose Parade, the night before the actual "Big Event.". For me & my friends it's been a great and festive way to ring in the New Year. Home-Made cookies and some coffee or hot chocolate and we're good to go. The night before the parade the City of Pasadena and the Rose Parade Committee line up all the floats on Orange Grove Blvd., with a bunch of flood lights for last minute inspections and tweaks by the float designers & volunteers.
The street is filled with people taking picture, admiring the amazing artistry and I have to tell you, the floats in person are SO INCREDIBLE! It's amazing what these designers and volunteers are able to accomplish year after year. How cool would it be to design a float?!
My iphone pics do not do them justice.
For more info on the Parade and all things Tournament of Roses:
How did you ring in 2009?