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February 10, 2012 | By Adolfo Flores, Andrew Blankstein and Rong-Gong Lin II, Los Angeles Times
By all accounts, Richard Allan Munnecke was a model citizen. He devoted several decades to the Tournament of Roses, working up the ranks until he was one of its top directors. He sang in his church choir in San Marino and served in the Pasadena Rotary Club and many other civic groups. It was through his work at the Rose Parade that he met Donna Lee Kelly, a Buick saleswoman who was also a longtime volunteer for the annual parade effort. In 2004, Kelly, 59, was found dead, stuffed in the trunk of her car. Police investigated, but the case quickly went cold.
September 5, 2013 | Staff and Wire reports
Famed Dodgers play-by-play broadcaster Vin Scully will be the grand marshal of the 2014 Rose Parade in Pasadena, officials announced Thursday. Appearing in front of the Tournament of Roses House, Scully - who recently announced plans to call games for the Dodgers for a record 65th season - said he was honored to be chosen. "All my life I've been enamored with the roar of the crowd," he said. Scully, who was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame broadcasters' wing in 1982, will be leading the 125th Rose Parade through Pasadena on Jan. 1 in front of a worldwide audience of millions.
December 30, 2011 | By Hailey Branson-Potts, Los Angeles Times
An army of volunteers from across the nation has once again descended upon Pasadena's Rose Palace, where several floats are being covered with flowers. Half a mile away in Singer Park, dozens of Occupy activists worked Thursday to prepare for a protest. The activists, part of a movement whose encampments across the country grabbed headlines for months, are trying to take their message into 2012 with a high-profile foray into the Rose Parade. While volunteers at the Rose Palace were armed with scissors, thousands of gallons of glue and millions of flower petals, Occupy activists worked with plastic pipe and banners.
December 28, 2012 | By Rosanna Xia, Los Angeles Times
In a cavernous warehouse on a recent weekday, Rose Parade volunteers were busy painting and clipping flowers as they rushed to complete their float in time for New Year's Day festivities. But all activity paused when the star of the decorated stage arrived. With a Marine corporal in tow, Lucca, a German shepherd-Malinois mix, hopped curiously toward a group of excited children. Her head dipped from the weight of her body, no longer supported by her amputated left leg. It's been nine months since Lucca lost her paw to a roadside bomb in Afghanistan.
December 29, 2002
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January 1, 2006
Eighty years ago, during the first live radio broadcast of the Rose Parade, tragedy struck when a wooden grandstand collapsed, killing 11 people and injuring 200. In separate incidents, a woman watching the event lost her balance and plunged to her death from a two-story building, and a police officer was thrown from his horse and trampled, suffering spinal injuries. The day remains the deadliest in Rose Parade history.
January 2, 2009 | Jessica Garrison and Cara Mia DiMassa
The 120-year-old Rose Parade ushered in the new year on a sun-kissed morning in Pasadena with a much-needed injection of optimism and celebration, a powerful antidote in a time of economic turmoil. The theme of the 2009 parade was "Hats off to Entertainment," and many of the floral entries celebrated the gleeful distractions of escaping to the movies, the theater, the playground and the great outdoors, among other destinations.
December 22, 2013 | Hailey Branson-Potts
For so many years, their service was largely forgotten. In the midst of World War II, with legions of male pilots overseas, the 1,102 young women comprising the Women Airforce Service Pilots flew more than 60 million miles domestically, test-flew repaired military aircraft and ferried non-flying male military officers around the country. But as the war neared its end and the men returned, their program was disbanded. Nearly 70 years later, with millions of people watching, their service will be celebrated in grand style with a float in the 125 t h Rose Parade on Jan. 1. WASPs from across the country have been raising money for the float and the trip to Pasadena for the reunion of a lifetime.
December 27, 1997 | CHRIS CHI
Photographs of Rose Parade floats from 1960 to 1996 will be displayed next month at the Santa Paula Union Oil Museum, museum officials have announced. The "Rose Parade Memories" exhibit will feature color photographs of 26 floats entered in the famous parade by the Union Oil Co. Entries--many of them award-winning--include a 1989 float with a New Orleans Mardi Gras theme and a 1970 float with the theme "Indonesian Holiday." Admission to the museum at 1001 E. Main St. is free.
January 8, 2012 | By Adolfo Flores, Los Angeles Times
When the Rose Parade floats are gone and spectators head home, what's left behind? About 50 tons of trash, five tons of cardboard and 3,500 beverage containers. A team of 80 workers swept through the parade route Monday night and Tuesday morning, cleaning up debris and scrubbing streets and sidewalks after Pasadena's largest event, which attracted hundreds of thousands of people this year. The Rose Bowl game, held at the stadium a few minutes walk from Old Pasadena, produced about 50 tons of trash, 30 tons of cardboard and 100,000 beverage containers.
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