Gayle Anderson was live in Pasadena with another of 12 SELF BUILT Rose Parade Rose and another of NEWCOMERS to the 2011 Rose Parade presented by Honda. Gayle featured:
*CAL POLY UNIVERSITIES (www.rosefloat.org): Their self built "Galactic Expedition" is a tribute to the whimsical childhood memories that lead kids to soar to new heights. It depicts seven young friends building a rocket ship to explore the wonders of outer space.
9/11(www.911rosefloat.com): "Remember, Reflect, Renew" commemorates the 10-year anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks. Riders aboard the float are connected in different ways with the terrorist attacks.
Presented by Honda, the 122nd Rose Parade is themed "Building Dreams, Friendships & Memories" and will take place on Saturday, January 1, 2011 at 8:00 am (PST) in Pasadena. This year's parade features spirited marching bands from throughout the nation, majestic floral floats, and high-stepping equestrian units. The parade will be broadcast live by nine networks: ABC, NBC, Hallmark Channel, HGTV, RFD-TV, KTLA (Tribune), Univision, and Sky Link TV.
This uniquely American event began as a promotional effort by Pasadena's distinguished Valley Hunt Club. In the winter of 1890, the club members brainstormed ways to promote the "Mediterranean of the West." They invited their former East Coast neighbors to a mid-winter holiday, where they could watch games such as chariot races, jousting, foot races, polo and tug-of-war under the warm California sun. The abundance of fresh flowers, even in the midst of winter, prompted the club to add another showcase for Pasadena's charm: a parade would precede the competition, where entrants would decorate their carriages with hundreds of blooms. The Tournament of Roses was born. During the next few years, the festival expanded to include marching bands and motorized floats. The games on the town lot (which was re-named Tournament Park in 1900) included ostrich races, bronco busting demonstrations and a race between a camel and an elephant (the elephant won). Reviewing stands were built along the Parade route, and Eastern newspapers began to take notice of the event. In 1895, the Tournament of Roses Association was formed to take charge of the festival, which had grown too large for the Valley Hunt Club to handle.
The Tournament of Roses has come a long way since its early days. The Rose Parade's elaborate floats now feature high-tech computerized animation and exotic natural materials from around the world. Although a few floats are still built exclusively by volunteers from their sponsoring communities, most are built by professional float building companies and take nearly a year to construct. The year-long effort pays off on New Year's morning, when millions of viewers around the world enjoy the Rose Parade.
Approximately 51.9 million Americans watch the Rose Parade on TV, as well as millions of international viewers in 220 territories around the world. In addition, it is estimated that more than 700,000 individuals are present along the parade route on January 1 for the festivities. Approximately 135,000 visitors attended the Post Parade Float viewing area where the floats were on display for 2 ½ days following the 2010 Rose Parade.
The parade lasts approximately two hours. The Rose Parade begins on Green Street & Orange Grove. It then continues north on Orange Grove then east on Colorado Boulevard to Sierra Madre Boulevard, then north on Sierra Madre Boulevard to Paloma Street - a total of 5 1/2 miles. Curbside viewing is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Curbside camping on the parade route is allowed beginning at noon the day before the parade. For more information on overnight camping restrictions, please see the Rose Parade website, www.tournamentofroses.com. Grandstand seating for the Rose Parade is available through Sharp Seating Company www.sharpseating.com, the official Grandstand Seating Provider, (626) 795-4171, from February 1 through December 31. Tickets range from $55-$65. Every person, regardless of age, must have a ticket to sit in the grandstands. However, if a child is two years of age or younger he/she may sit on an adult's lap. If not seated on an adult's lap, each child must have a ticket.
Known as the "The Granddaddy of Them All", the Rose Bowl Game presented by VIZIO kicked off a myriad of college football legacies in 1902. Since then, the game has showcased 17 Heisman Trophy Winners, produced 29 national champions, featured 190 consensus All-Americans and honored 98 college football legends by inducting them into the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame. Continuing the tradition, on January 1, 2011, at 1:30 p.m. (PST) following the Rose Parade, the 97th Rose Bowl Game presented by VIZIO will feature an exciting match-up between the University of Wisconsin Badgers and the Texas Christian University Horned Frogs. As home to the Pac-10 and Big Ten champions, the game will be broadcast exclusively on ESPN and ESPN radio. A limited amount of tickets for the Rose Bowl Game will be available to the public via Ticketmaster. Tickets can be purchased online at Ticketmaster.com or via phone by calling (213) 365-3675. There will be a maximum of two tickets per call and a maximum of four tickets per person. Single tickets are available. Tickets will be priced at $145.00 plus any Ticketmaster handling fees.
For more information:
Saturday, January 1, 2011
122nd Rose Parade Presented by Honda
Green Street & Orange Grove
Pasadena, CA 91105
Visitor Hotline, (877) 793-9911
Visitors' Info line, (626) 449-ROSE
For tickets to the Rose Parade Presented by Honda:
Sharp Seating Company