Hollywood stars and dreams paraded down Colorado Blvd in Pasadena, CA, to ring in 2014 at the 125th Tournament of Roses Parade. The theme was “Dreams Come True,” and we felt fortunate to find easy parking and a front row view to take photos for you. We also got the inside scoop from fans who spent the night on the parade route that you’ll find at the end of this story.
The celebration was kicked off by Grand Marshal/ American sportscaster Vin Scully (best known as play-by-play announcer for Los Angeles Dodgers) and wife Sandra Hunt. The parade included 46 floats, marching bands, and horses that totaled 91 participants on a beautiful Southern California morning. Below are some of our favorite celebrity moments that you will also find in our photos:
KC and the Sunshine Band performed on the Stella Rosa Wines float called “Stellabrate.”
Singer Daryl Hall (Hall & Oates) sang, “You make my dreams come true” on the RFD-TV float towards the end of the parade.
NBC’s “The Voice” had the finalists singing on their float in a grand display.
We loved the City of Los Angeles float with the Universal Studios ball.
Legendary Producer Garry Marshall ("Pretty Woman", "Happy Days", "The Odd Couple") rode on the City of Burbank's Lights Camera Action float!
“Everlasting Love” was promised by Natalie Cole on eHarmony’s float.
The Original Harlem Globetrotters also did a few passes on the parade route.
Our favorites were the tribute floats to the “Spirit of St Louis”, First Man on the Moon Neil Armstrong (1969) and “Rosie the Riveter.”
Farmers Insurance’s "Thank a Million Teachers" float was inspiring with 8 owls.
There was also a gay marriage between two men, Danny Leclair and Aubrey Loots, on the Aids Healthcare Foundation “LOVE” float. Many parade watchers were asking why the TV networks did not show the wedding?
Along with the marching bands for Stanford and Michigan State, we saw Rose Bowl Hall of Fame inductee Lynn Swann. He played in the Rose Bowl twice for USC.
When we first arrived, we got the inside scoop from die-hard fans who spent the night on Colorado Boulevard. (There was no need to camp out to get a space, but we did not want to bring it up.) They had a blast, and told us that Pepsi and McDonalds handed out free food in the middle of the night. There were also mobile homes behind us, and a group of guys did a strobe light dance and invited them in for late night fun (they did not go.) The Chevron gave them pink wristbands to let them use the bathrooms, and they seemed very happy under their blankets on the sidewalk.
When the parade finally got to us around 9:00am, these overnighters stayed under their blankets and did not even get up to watch the parade. It makes you wonder were they really there for the Rose Parade or the late night fun?
Overall, it was a stunning day with 72 and sunny for the 125th Tournament of Roses Parade. If you want to see more of our photos, visit our Goody Awards Facebook page. Many thanks to everyone involved in making this parade a reality! Happy New Year to you, and may all your dreams come true in 2014!
© Liz H Kelly, Digital Entertainment Columnist and Goody Awards Founder http://goodyawards.com