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September 5, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
They had to talk him into it. That's the thing, which should actually surprise no one who's had the great gift of listening to Vin Scully through the decades. “It's not my nature to lead a parade,” Scully said. Yet the biggest surprise in learning Thursday that Scully has been selected as the grand marshal for the 125 th Rose Parade is that it hadn't already happened. It may be the parade's most natural and comfortable selection ever. Yet Scully, forever humble and private, initially balked.
August 10, 2013 | By Elaine Woo
What do Richard Feynman , Willie Nelson, Frank Zappa and Boris Yeltsin have in common? The answer was embodied in a radiant, round-faced Siberian singer named Kongar-ol Ondar, whose voice was unlike any in the western world. Ondar was a master of throat singing, a vocal style native to his small Russian republic of Tuva. He mesmerized audiences with his ability to produce two or more notes simultaneously - a low, steady drone overlaid with higher pitched tones that to the unaccustomed ear sounded like a radio gone haywire.
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.
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.
January 3, 2013
Re "A parade grows up," Opinion, Jan. 1 While I applaud a Rose Parade with more diversity and variety, I was thrown off when Patt Morrison described the military heroes and astronauts who have served as grand marshals as "lagging behind the culture. " Sure, actors like John Wayne and Roy Rogers had had their best years behind them when they were the marshals, but they were each very accomplished. Would you rather have Kim Kardashian? Despite a few uninspired and perhaps lackluster characters over the years, the Rose Parade deserves a little bit more credit for its choice of personnel.
January 1, 2013 | Patt Morrison
It's just a parade, after all, a once-a-year parade, so in the grand scheme of things, the Tournament of Roses Parade doesn't matter - until it does. And it does. There's a paradox at the core of Pasadena's pretty street party. What began in 1890 as Pasadena's way of flaunting its midwinter pleasures became an internationally televised civic institution. Be careful what you wish for, and all that. PHOTOS: The Rose Parade through the years When the world began watching, this parade - more puritanical than Mardi Gras, more glamorous than Macy's Thanksgiving Day balloons - turned into the face of all of Southern California, and thus it came not to be regarded as Pasadena's private shindig any more.
December 31, 2012 | By Kate Mather, Los Angeles Times
The Rose Parade is Pasadena's premier event, but its 2013 grand marshal admits she learned about it only after receiving her title. "When you grow up in England and spend all your time in Tanzania ... I hadn't heard of the Rose Parade," Jane Goodall said. "It was only gradually that I realized what a big honor it is. " Goodall is perhaps best known for setting up shop in 1960 in what is now Tanzania to conduct what would become groundbreaking research on wild chimpanzees. Now 78, she remains focused on issues involving conservation, crisscrossing the globe to visit schools and give lectures.
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.
December 31, 2012 | By Hugo Martin
Pasadena is awash in white and cardinal red, and that should result in lots of green for local retailers. The Rose Parade, a Pasadena tradition for more than 120 years, is expected to draw between 700,000 and 1 million visitors on New Year's Day, about the same as last year, said Paul Little, chief executive of the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce. The parade viewing numbers are often impacted by the teams that play in the Rose Bowl game, and the fans that attend the game. This year's matchup -- Stanford University versus the University of Wisconsin -- should have a strong following, Little said.
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