This rally wasn’t just about the parade although that would have been enough! Besides the Get Acquainted Social, float decorating event, Showcase of Floats and the Parade itself there was a lot organized to keep us busy.
Parade Day – alarm set for 4:30 am; on the bus at 5:45; bus departed at 6:00; in a traffic jam at 6:30; at our bleacher seats at 7:00; parade started at 8 a.m. Our $95 seats were 1 block down from the tv cameras so you couldn’t see us on tv – but I’m sure you could hear me squeal!
It takes an army of volunteers to pull off this extravaganza and we really wanted to be part of it. We were keen on helping to decorate a float and all those interested from this Rally group participated in the city of Sierra Madre’s 83rd parade entry “I Think I Can”. This float is one of 6 that are “self built” which means that these floats are built entirely on all volunteer and all donation organizations.
The Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, CA was at the top of our list and when our travels took us to the west coast of Canada the timing was perfect to continue down the coast into California for this New Year’s Day extravaganza.