My friend Darla invited me to go with her and her family to the Rose Parade. We had to get up early in the morning, about 5 AM. We drove up to Pasadena, and went to the end of the parade route and found a spot on the sidewalk curb. Darla's Mom had brought hot chocolate in a thermos to keep us warm while we waited for the sun to warm us. Darla's twin brothers were with us and since they were only a year younger than Darla and I, they were a lot of fun.
Waiting for the parade to arrive was very exciting. We talked to the people around us, some from as far away as Alaska. Everyone became very excited when the Goodyear Blimp flew overhead, and everyone craned their necks to see what the writing on the side of the blimp said. I took a photograph of the blimp, blimps were still a novelty at that time. The blimp was advertising Vic Tanney's Gym.
Finally, the parade arrived. I had watched the parade on television every year, but seeing it in person was so much more exciting. The crowd "oooed and aaaahed" as each beautiful float passed. TV could never measure up to the colors, aroma and beauty of the flowers used to decorate each float. The crowd cheered the bands, especially the Marine Corp Band, my favorite. There were celebrities on the floats and riding horses. All the cowboy stars rode horses, many of them very heavy with silver. It seemed like there was a contest to see whom could get the most silver hanging from their saddle.
When the end of the parade arrived, there was a clown with a pooper scooper, scooping up all of the horse manure. Crowds surged into the street, everyone headed in a different direction. We hiked to the car, and then we went home.