Saturday, January 3, 2009

Annual Traditional New Year's Greeting Rose Parade

2009 Rose Parade held in Pasadena, California USA...

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to see the famous Rose Parade in person, to be part of the pageantry and the rich history of this parade? Seeing the parade, live and in living color, is one of life’s most exciting events. This is just one of the many highlights of this unique tour. Yes, it is truly "once in a lifetime"! The sights and sounds surrounding the annual Rose Parade combine to produce a truly unique and memorable travel experience.

The venerable Saturday movie matinee was represented in the entertainment theme by a swamp creature on a float with a dragon and a gorilla. Pasadena police estimated that more than a million people descended on the city for the parade and the annual Rose Bowl game that follows it, plus various other Tournament of Roses festivities. Temperatures started off in the low 50s in the early morning but heated up about 20 degrees during the parade, prompting 44 people to request medical help. Some were unconscious, with others suffering from dehydration and chest pains.

An hour into the parade, the massive crowd tilted heads upward when the Air Force's B-2 Spirit stealth bomber flew overhead in honor of U.S. military stationed around the world.

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