With flag drills, a teen star dancing and blasting out a song, and a gigantic puppet, the 2013 Rose Parade closing show may not have been as extravagant as some in the past, but it was controversial. In order to fit the show into the tail end of the two-hour Rose Parade broadcast, an award-winning float and an exciting equestrian act were bumped behind and cut off from the feed.
The Sierra Madre float, “The Sky’s the Limit,” won the coveted Isabella Coleman trophy, and a Rose Parade favorite equestrian group, the All-American Cowgirl Chicks, demonstrated Roman riding (one rider standing on two horses) and some amazing stunts. But home viewers did not see these entries. Instead, viewers saw Disney Channel actress Coco Jones, who some say they had never heard of.
Click through the list attached to this article to see photos of the closing show. For photos of the opening show, read “Oh, the Places You’ll Go! inspired the 2013 Rose Parade opening show” in this column.
Of course, to retain viewers and gain new ones, there must be a balance between the floral-covered floats which define the Rose Parade and new talent that draws in younger viewers. In an interview with your Tournament of Roses Examiner, 2014 Tournament of Roses President R. Scott Jenkins talked to us about getting back to more floats with more flowers, and yet upping the entertainment acts in the parade.
Still, some viewers expressed to us that they do not care for Broadway-style acts in the Rose Parade, and one wrote, “Personally, I feel an award-winning float is more important than some tween Disney star, but that is just me.”
The closing act in 2012 drowned out the gentler music coming from the Roy Rogers Float, “Happy Trails to You” sung by his son Dusty and grandson Dustin.
KTLA-5 did keep the cameras running, so viewers who missed the float and cowgirls can see it online. Let us know what you think by posting on Facebook at All Things Rose Parade or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The theme of the 124th Rose Parade and 99th Rose Bowl Game was “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” The 125th Rose Parade and 100th Rose Bowl Game will take place on Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014. The Tournament of Roses is a celebration that lasts several weeks in the fall and winter.
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