Blue skies prevailed over a beautiful day here in Southern California for the world famous Rose Parade today organized by the Pasadena Tournament of Roses. The parade -- so popular adults, parents, and kids routinely camp out on the sidewalks annually the night before -- is the precursor to another well-known New Year event: the Rose Bowl Game. As always, the parade pageantry was truly amazing including the giant Kit-Cat Clock float that I'll be telling you all about later in this post.
Kit-Cat Float at 2012 Rose Parade
The 2012 parade -- themed Just Imagine -- was led by Grand Marshall J.R. Martinez, an Iraq War Veteran who sustained war injuries but nevertheless went on to become the champion of Dancing With the Stars - Season 13 anyway. I can't imagine a better choice to represent this year's official sentiment. Imagining success just like Martinez has modeled for us truly helps inspire dreamers to reach for the stars. The retired soldier's representation not only inspired the crowd along the parade route, it also honored all injured U.S. military service personnel in a big way too.
Retro Kit-Cat Clock from the Kit-Cat.com
As readers I often write about old-fashioned and classic vintage things like LEGO and Curious George. So for this post here's a closeup look at one of my favorite entries in this year's parade: The Kit-Cat Clock float sponsored by California Clock Company marking the firm's 80th anniversary.
Kit-Cat Float decorating in progress
This is the first time any of us, though, has had the chance to see that iconic wall time piece translated into a parade float 55 feet long and standing 24 feet high. It's fascinating to point out, BTW, that Kit-Cat’s float was decorated completely with fresh locally grown floral materials – something no other commercial entry had ever tried. In fact, the majority of the flowers used in the Rose Parade were imported from South America.
A yellow rose blooming in my Los Angeles garden
iPhone Photo by Janis Brett Elspas, MommyBlogExpert.com
- Glossy Black Seaweed
- Velvety Onion Seed
- White Coconut Chips
- Yellow Button Mums
- White Sweet Rice
- Orange Lentils
- Green Split Peas
- Yellow Roses
Dancers in action aboard the Kit-Cat float
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