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December 31, 2012 | By Adolfo Flores, Los Angeles Times
The Occupy movement will be making a repeat appearance at the 2013 Tournament of Roses Parade, organizers and police said Monday. A 15-foot-high float, with "Mr. Monopoly" riding a red wagon, will wheel its way down the 5.5-mile route at the conclusion of the parade, organizers said. The board game character, intended to represent bankers, will have strings attached to participants who are on the verge of losing their homes or have lost their homes to foreclosure. "It symbolizes the grip the banks have on individual homeowners," said Carlos Marroquin, an organizer with Occupy Fights Foreclosures.
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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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NEWS
May 22, 1986
The City Council decided Tuesday that the Torrance entry in the next Tournament of Roses Parade will be an $80,000 float with a giant bull dog, intended to exemplify the slogan "Bully for the British." The theme of the coming parade is internationalism.
SPORTS
January 2, 2014 | By Steve Dilbeck
Your browser does not support iframes. Here's a great video of Vin Scully - like there's any other kind - showing him on the parade route as the grand marshal of Wednesday's Rose Parade in Pasadena. The video, provided by the Dodgers, has Scully being interviewed, his voice-over providing the insight to his big day. “In all honesty I never dreamt of becoming the grand marshal of the Rose Parade,” Scully said. “I did dream of being a sport announcer, and that worked out.” Scully described his big day as “exhilarating” and “incredible.” He said the day was made even more special by having his wife, Sandy, sit next to him as the car went down the route, followed by a pair of cars filled with his grandchildren.
BUSINESS
January 3, 2012 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
The parade wasn't as rosy for some business owners this year. With fewer people turning out at the Tournament of Roses Parade - held Monday this year instead of Sunday, New Year's Day - some Pasadena business owners reported a noticeable drop in customers. Coffee shop owner Min Jung is one. Although some venues open at parade time appeared to be doing brisk business, he said sales at his Sabor 2 were off 30%. "This is the slowest I've seen it in three years. I think maybe the economy has something to do with it," he said.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 26, 1986 | VICTOR VALLE, Times Staff Writer
Spanish-language station KVEA-TV (Channel 52) was selected Tuesday to carry the official international Spanish-language telecast of the 98th Tournament of Roses Parade on New Year's Day, a first for the 1-year-old station.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 31, 1987
Coverage of the 99th annual Tournament of Roses Parade will be plentiful on television Friday, with both live telecasts and several repeats available. Here is the telecast schedule, along with who will be hosting on the various stations: 7 a.m.--Parade countdown, (5). 7 a.m.--Pre-parade coverage, (11). 8 a.m.--Tournament of Roses Parade, live, Bert Convy and Phylicia Rashad host, (4)(36)(39). 8 a.m.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 31, 1985
The lineup for the 97th Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena: 1. U.S. Marine Corps Band. 2. "A Celebration of Laughter" by Small World Greetings. 3. Long Beach Mounted Police. 4. "Turning Tears to Laughter" by Rotary International. 5. Valley Hunt Club. 6. "The Sierra Madre Swimming Lesson" by City of Sierra Madre. 7. Conroe High School Marching Band. 8. "Texas Sesquicentennial" by Farmers Insurance Group. 9. Grand Marshal Erma Bombeck. 10. Porterville High School Marching Band. 11.
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December 31, 1990 | VICKI TORRES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Does this sound like fun? Get up at 4 a.m. New Year's Day, drive in the dark to Pasadena, wait in bumper-to-bumper traffic to park, then push your way through shoulder-to-shoulder crowds to find a seat on the cold, hard sidewalk for the Tournament of Roses Parade. For a lot of people, the answer is no. But they still say yes to the Rose Parade. How? They have found a way around the crowds, the commotion, the cramped quarters. They have found a secret spot for a good view.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 1, 1994
The New Year begins today with the splendor of the Rose Parade and the excitement of the Rose Bowl game from Pasadena. The "Tournament of Roses Parade" begins at 8 a.m. on CBS (Channels 2 and 8), NBC (4, 36 and 39), ABC (7, 3, 10 and 42), KTLA-TV Channel 5, KTTV-TV Channel 11 and KMEX-TV Channel 34. Actor William Shatner will ride as Grand Marshal and "Fantastic Adventure" is the theme of the 105th trek down Colorado Boulevard. KTLA will repeat the pageantry at 10:30 a.m., 1, 5 and 7:30 p.m.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 1, 2014 | By James Barragan
Pasadena locals have been entitled to certain privileges during the Rose Parade. One of those is the unofficial code of "chalking," marking with chalk, or tape in some cases, a designated area on the sidewalk along the parade route to watch and celebrate. Look on sidewalks along Orange Grove Boulevard and you'll see the outlines. The entire lawn in front of 252 and 260 Orange Grove Blvd. were chalked as "252" and "260" areas, with patio chairs conspicuously placed lest anyone miss the chalk in the darkness.
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January 1, 2014 | By Catherine Saillant
"Sunrise at the Oasis," an idyllic desert vision of beasts roaming among cascading waterfalls, palm trees and tropical flowers, won the Sweepstakes award at the 2014 Tournament of Roses Parade. Large colorful animals, including elephants, a camel, peacocks and a tiger, were created by a team from Dole Foods using a variety of flowers and ornamentals, including crushed beans, moss, spices and even dried cranberries. Late last night, thousands of fresh roses and other flowers were added as a final touch. The float's beauty and design was cited in awarding the coveted Sweepstakes trophy out of more than 80 entries at the 125th Rose Parade with a theme of "Dreams Come True.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 1, 2014 | By James Barragan
It's an annual tradition for some families: waking up at the crack of dawn to attend the Rose Parade in Pasadena. Some families, however, take it a step farther, camping out on the streets where the parade will take place, reserving key seats in which to watch the parade on New Year's Day. And while they're at it, they may as well have a party too. PHOTOS: 125th Tournament of Roses Parade As a new year approached late Tuesday night,...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 1, 2014
The 125th Tournament of Roses Parade kicks off Wednesday at 8 a.m. as Pasadena celebrates 2014. The theme of this year's parade is “Dreams Come True,” and famed Dodgers play-by-play broadcaster Vin Scully will be the grand marshal. At 2 p.m., Stanford will take on Michigan State in the 100th Rose Bowl game. PHOTOS: 125th Tournament of Roses Parade Pasadena police and fire officials said they are stepping up security for the annual parade and football game in the wake of national tragedies like the Boston Marathon bombing.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 1, 2014 | By Soumya Karlamangla, Ryan Menezes and Paresh Dave
In its 125 t h year, the Rose Parade detoured into debates over same-sex marriage and captive killer whales. Otherwise, the parade stayed largely on script, delivering its traditional mix of small-town wholesomeness, Hollywood-style entertainment and corporate sponsorship. Treated to clear skies and warm air, thousands crammed street curbs and bleachers along the parade's 5 1/2-mile route through Pasadena on Wednesday for the annual procession of marching bands, equestrian groups and elaborate floats crafted of roses, flowers and all manners of produce.
SPORTS
January 1, 2014 | By Gary Klein
Vin Scully rang in the New Year with a full day. The legendary Dodgers broadcaster served Wednesday as grand marshal of the Rose Parade and the 100th Rose Bowl game, an honor that began at 4 a.m. and concluded with the pregame coin flip. "It's been absolutely thrilling and heartwarming," Scully said after offering a visitor a chance to pull up a chair in a Rose Bowl suite. "One of the great things about it is I was able to share it with my wife with our grandchildren, most of them, and children.
NEWS
January 1, 1991 | EDMUND NEWTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When Paul and Joan Stevens were negotiating to buy their South Orange Grove Boulevard condominium three years ago, they asked a longtime resident what the Pasadena neighborhood is like on New Year's Eve. "We were expecting some kind of a negative response about the crowds and all," recalled Paul Stevens. "But the lady just smiled and said, 'It's p-a-a-arty time.' That about sums it up." Once more, it's party time on South Orange Grove Boulevard.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 31, 2013 | By James Barragan
Every year, 14-year-old Victor Rios would watch the Rose Parade on a television set in his home in the city of Chitre, Panama, marveling at the floats and bands. He never imagined he would attend the parade in person. Then one day in October 2012, Irving Rodriguez Bernal, the band director at Rios' school, called his students in for a meeting. PHOTOS: 125th Tournament of Roses Parade He had a defeated look on his face and the students grew nervous. They had been waiting for months to hear whether they'd been accepted as participants in the parade.
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