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January 3, 1989
The floats of the 100th Rose Parade will be on display from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today at Victory Park, Paloma Street and Sierra Madre Boulevard, in Pasadena. Special viewing for the handicapped is from 8 to 9 a.m. An RTD shuttle service will run every 10 minutes from the Pasadena City College parking lot at the southeast corner of Hill Avenue and Colorado Boulevard. The round-trip fare is $1.70. Officials recommend allowing two hours to view the floats.
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January 2, 2014 | By Jason Wells, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
The public has until 5 p.m. Thursday to see in person the floats that rolled down Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena for the Tournament of Roses Parade. The floats, many of which cost over $100,000 apiece, take months to build and then painstakingly cover with flowers and other plant material in time for the nationally televised New Year's parade. Thursday will be the last day the public will be able to get an up-close look at the handiwork in Pasadena, where dozens of the floats have been parked.
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November 13, 1999 | TINA DAUNT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Although it is still early in his first term, Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca is no stranger to the novel and the controversial. But nothing in his brief but unconventional tenure has been quite like the intense campaign Baca is running to fund and build the department's first Rose Parade float, a $220,000 entry designed to honor heroic and fallen deputies. It is a task that is proving as eyebrow-raising--and as costly--as Baca's grass-roots campaign against the late Sheriff Sherman Block.
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January 1, 2014 | By Catherine Saillant and Soumya Karlamangla, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
The first same-sex wedding in the history of the Tournament of Roses Parade went off without a hitch -- except for the planned one -- despite threats of protests and days of opposition on social media. "Congratulations and our best wishes to Aubrey and Danny on their wedding day!" KTLA-TV Channel 5 news anchor Micah Ohlman said as the wedding-cake-shaped float passed by the viewing stands. Spectators clapped their hands as grooms Danny Leclair, 45, and Aubrey Loots, 42, faced each other and recited their vows before the Rev. Alfreda "Freda" Lanoix on the float sponsored by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation.
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April 16, 1989 | From Reuters
Twenty-two women and children burned to death and about 60 were injured when a decorated float carrying them in a parade caught fire, police said Saturday. The float exploded in flames when the engine of the truck carrying it caught fire and ignited the fuel tank Friday night.
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January 3, 2010 | By Christopher Goffard
Even as idyllically warm weather greeted huge crowds in Pasadena on Saturday, it also was busy hastening the demise of what they had come to marvel at: 42 flower-festooned floats. In response to the oft-asked question -- What happens to all these roses when it's over? -- some of the white-suited volunteers gave the standard, reassuring answer: They will be donated to hospitals and other worthy places. But that seemed increasingly unlikely a day after the 121st Rose Parade as temperatures in the mid-70s lingered during the winter afternoon and hundreds of thousands of blooms -- nourished by vials artfully concealed on the floats -- imperceptibly began to wilt.
NEWS
January 2, 1990
The Rose Parade floats will be open for public viewing today on Sierra Madre Boulevard between Washington Boulevard and Sierra Madre Villa Avenue in Pasadena. Viewing begins at 9 a.m. and ends at 4 p.m. There will be special access for the handicapped between 8 and 9 a.m.
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December 31, 1996 | JENNIFER LEUER
The smell of pine will always remind Christina Iskandar of this year's holiday season. It's not just because of her Christmas tree, it's the "second skin" of pine sap and glue she developed this weekend while decorating Rotary International's Rose Parade float.
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December 27, 1991
Glue, dried flowers and seeds were flying Thursday in Pasadena as thousands of volunteers turned out to help decorate floats for the Rose Parade, but the call was out for still more help. At Bravo Productions' float-building headquarters adjacent to the Rose Bowl, more than 150 "walk-in" volunteers showed up to help, in addition to hundreds of unpaid helpers from service and community organizations, youth groups and churches.
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December 9, 1988 | MICHAEL J. YBARRA, Times Staff Writer
First the lights went out. Then the metal frame shuddered and groaned, its canvas folds billowing in the hurricane-force winds that roared out of nearby Azusa Canyon. The 3-feet-long steel spikes that anchored the support beams of the huge tent jerked 8 inches out of the ground, cracking the surrounding asphalt. The tent's aluminium frame bounced wildly up and down with the breeze.
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December 30, 2013 | By Soumya Karlamangla
Organizers of the Rose Parade are defending the AIDS Healthcare Foundation's plans to hold a same-sex wedding on its float amid criticism and complaints posted online. The float, titled “Living the Dream: Love Is the Best Protection,” was created to celebrate victories in 2013 for gay-marriage advocates, including Supreme Court decisions upholding the repeal of California's Proposition 8 and striking down a key part of the Defense of Marriage Act. Foundation spokesman Ged Kenslea said the organization supports legally sanctioning same-sex marriage because it encourages more stable relationships as well as behavior that will prevent the spread of HIV.
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December 29, 2013 | By Soumya Karlamangla
Danny Leclair snapped a photo of two toy grooms holding hands. He then sent the photo via email to his longtime partner, Aubrey Loots, with a question: "Do you want to get married on a Rose Parade float?" Loots agreed, and on New Year's Day the Los Angeles couple will become real-life wedding cake toppers when they say “I do” on a cake-shaped float in the 125th Tournament of Roses Parade. The AIDS Healthcare Foundation's float, “Living the Dream: Love Is the Best Protection,” was created to celebrate victories in 2013 for gay marriage advocates, including Supreme Court decisions upholding the repeal of California's Proposition 8 and striking down a key part of the Defense of Marriage Act. Foundation spokesman Ged Kenslea said the organization supports legally sanctioning same-sex marriage because it encourages more stable relationships among gay men as well as behavior that will prevent the spread of HIV. “We believe that marriage saves lives,” he said.
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December 24, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
There's a war of the roses brewing ahead of the annual Rose Parade in Pasadena as some Southern California farmers make a push for floats to sport flowers grown in the Golden State, not abroad. Four out of every five flowers used to decorate the floats arrive from South America, according to CBS-TV Channel 2 , and at least one bouquet manager aims to change that. "It just strikes me as odd that the flowers aren't necessarily predominantly coming from California flower farmers on the floats," said Rodi Groot, product coordinator at the Sun Valley Group in Oxnard.
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December 7, 2013 | By Hailey Branson-Potts
Sarah Soriano started yelling just after the parade float rounded the corner. "Fire! Fire! Fire!" The AIDS Healthcare Foundation's Rose Parade float stopped suddenly in the middle of Adelante Street in Irwindale early Saturday morning, its riders hustling down through a massive white cake and to the ground below. "OK, 22 seconds!" Soriano, a Tournament of Roses volunteer, hollered before the riders climbed back onto the float and rolled away. They did well, she said. In a fire drill like this one, the float must be stopped and all riders evacuated within 45 seconds, the Tournament of Roses stipulates - one of hundreds of rules each float must abide by. Saturday was the final day of road and safety tests for numerous entries built by Fiesta Parade Floats and Paradiso Parade Floats in Irwindale.
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October 12, 2013 | By Martha Groves
In a quainter age, before Lamborghinis and Ferraris with big horsepower under the hood ripped along Rodeo Drive, the Beverly Hills thoroughfare featured … actual horsepower. For four decades starting in 1924, riders in boots and jodhpurs clip-clopped on a bridle path that extended along the Rodeo median north of the city's commercial zone to Sunset Boulevard and then on Sunset between the city's eastern and western limits. Early photos show equestrians ambling under a rustic wooden archway reading "Ye Bridle Path from Beverly Hills to Sea and Mountains.
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July 24, 2013 | By Joe Piasecki
A depiction of Glendale's famous Meatball the Bear will be the centerpiece of the city's next Rose Parade float, council members decided Tuesday.  After he was caught devouring frozen Costco meatballs from a garage refrigerator in Glendale last year, Meatball gained celebrity status for frequent jaunts through the city's hillside neighborhoods. He was relocated to a San Diego County wildlife sanctuary in August.  Titled “Let's be neighbors,” the Glendale float will feature the 400-pound California black bear's animatronic likeness popping up and down inside a trash can - its lid teetering on his head - as he's surrounded by wildlife companions, including a waving raccoon, skunk, deer and red-tailed hawk.  The City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved the $155,000 project, concocted by a panel of city workers and float-builder Phoenix Decorating Co., the Glendale News-Press reported.
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January 4, 1989 | GINGER LYNNE THOMPSON and MICHAEL J. YBARRA, Times Staff Writers
The triumphal music boomed from within the American flag made of irises, sweet rice and carnations. Flower-encrusted planets encircled the 55-foot float, titled "Truth, Justice and the American Way." "It's Superman," the taped message roared. A passing child could only ask the obvious: "Where's Superman?" "He's deflated," explained one of the white-suited officials. Such was the scene in Pasadena the day after the Tournament of Roses parade.
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December 31, 1997 | SYLVIA L. OLIANDE
A trip to the Museum of Tolerance earlier this month has led to a trek down Colorado Boulevard in the Rose Parade for four Sierra Canyon seventh-graders. The winners of an essay contest on tolerance, Tim Casey, Katie Crisalli, Courtney Mohl and Tatiana Segrist are expected to be among a dozen Southland students aboard the Simon Wiesenthal Center/Museum of Tolerance float.
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July 24, 2013 | By Kurt Streeter and Brittany Levine
He has been feared. And loved. And worried over. And touted as a new-style ursine celebrity in the Twitter age. Now Meatball the bear - or at least his happy-go-lucky, mechanical likeness - will be the centerpiece of a Rose Parade float sponsored by Glendale, the mountain-rimmed city he just couldn't keep his paws from throughout much of last year. "It's going to be a head turner," said Glendale Mayor Dave Weaver, speaking of a 35-foot-long float featuring Meatball rising from a trash can, a concept approved by the Glendale City Council this week.
NEWS
June 13, 2013 | By Rosemary McClure
They're starting to work on parade floats on Japan's Kyushu Island , where the Hakata Gion Yamakasa Festival is just around the corner. The summer event , which is expected to draw about 1 million spectators during its July 1-15 run, isn't just a parade. It's an exercise in silliness. Parade participants race through the streets of the lively harbor town of Hakata, carrying elaborately decorated 1-ton floats on their shoulders. The object is to reach the finish line before teams from other neighborhoods.
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