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Friday, January 02, 2009

Photo Blog: New Year's Day at the Rose Parade and Rose Bowl

As I mentioned last week, Ashley and I had the good fortunate of having the opportunity to attend the 120th Annual Rose Parade in Pasadena, California and the Rose Bowl (USC Trojans vs. Penn State Nittany Lions) on New Year's Day, 2009.

So, we woke up early yesterday morning - 5:00am - way too early for a New Year's Day to make our way 45 miles down to Pasadena, California to catch the Rose Parade with the Pepperdine Alumni Association. With the parking pass and grandstand seats, we made it to our seats in no time -- we could have probably left an hour later and still been ok. Partially, because our seats were at mile 4, at the corner of Colorado and Sierra Madre streets meaning the parade would not reach us until roughly 9:30am.

Once the parade was over, we made the excruciating drive over to the Rose Bowl. It took us almost two hours to get there. We then had to rush inside to catch the pre-game festivities making the mile long walk across the golf course. I thought to myself, UCLA fans do this for every home game -- crazy. The Coliseum in downtown is so much easier to get into.

Once insider, we enjoyed a great game that turned out USC's way. Sitting as the only two people dressed in cardinal and gold amongst an entire section of Penn State fans was quite an adventure during pre-game and the first quarter, but calmed down after there.

Here are a few pictures from the day...

Bright and early at our spot in the grandstands on Colorado and Sierra Madre for the parade.  We're both pretty excited and this is my first Rose Parade, the 120th!Bright and early at our spot in the grandstands on Colorado and Sierra Madre for the parade.  We're both pretty excited and this is my first Rose Parade, the 120th!


Street vendors with pennants and other fun things.  I always things of these vendors, the little plastic horns and other trinkets that you can get at parades.Street vendors with pennants and other fun things.  I always things of these vendors, the little plastic horns and other trinkets that you can get at parades.


One of the highlights of both the Rose Parade and the Rose Bowl -- a B-2 Spirit Stealth bomber flying directly over us.  Absolutely one of the most impressive sights I have seen.  The wing span on this marvel is amazing.  In fact, when it flew over the Rose Bowl stadium it felt like it briefly covered the whole thing!One of the highlights of both the Rose Parade and the Rose Bowl -- a B-2 Spirit Stealth bomber flying directly over us.  Absolutely one of the most impressive sights I have seen.  The wing span on this marvel is amazing.  In fact, when it flew over the Rose Bowl stadium it felt like it briefly covered the whole thing!


The 120th Annual Rose Parade is underway with an old Pasadena Police department car leading the way.  The theme this year was Hats Off to Entertainment -- a fun theme.The 120th Annual Rose Parade is underway with an old Pasadena Police department car leading the way.  The theme this year was Hats Off to Entertainment -- a fun theme.

Mechanical Melodies float -- one of the first and one of my favorites.  This was a self-built float which garners so much more respect in my mind with 80%+ of the floats these days being built by float companies."Mechanical Melodies" float -- one of the first and one of my favorites.  This was a self-built float which garners so much more respect in my mind with 80%+ of the floats these days being built by float companies.


Hats off to New Mexico -- BEEP BEEP!  Just a fun looking and impressive float.Hats off to New Mexico -- BEEP BEEP!  Just a fun looking and impressive float.


Cloris Leachman presided over the parade as the Grand Marshall and waves to us in the stands.Cloris Leachman presided over the parade as the Grand Marshall and waves to us in the stands.


After the parade was over due to roads being shut, it took about two hours to get to the Rose Bowl.  One hour to get out of downtown Pasadena and then another hour sitting in traffic to get into the Rose Bowl -- pictured here.After the parade was over due to roads being shut, it took about two hours to get to the Rose Bowl.  One hour to get out of downtown Pasadena and then another hour sitting in traffic to get into the Rose Bowl -- pictured here.


Seriously, I was not joking when we were the only two USC Trojan Fans in the section.  Thanks Stubhub for the tickets, and boy did they make a lot of comments about the Pac-1 (yes 1) and USC being overrated.  Not a good idea to talk smack before a game.Seriously, I was not joking when we were the only two USC Trojan Fans in the section.  Thanks Stubhub for the tickets, and boy did they make a lot of comments about the Pac-1 (yes 1) and USC being overrated.  Not a good idea to talk smack before a game.


Because, as it approached halftime and just before it became 31-7, the vultures were already circling around Penn State.  See the buzzards in the pictures?Because, as it approached halftime and just before it became 31-7, the vultures were already circling around Penn State.  See the buzzards in the pictures?


Half-time was depressing to be around the Penn State fans.  Head in the hands, sitting there stunned.  No more smack talk about USC.Half-time was depressing to be around the Penn State fans.  Head in the hands, sitting there stunned.  No more smack talk about USC.


And after the game, some Penn State fans were nice enough to take out picture.  Frankly, the Penn State fans were pretty admirable in defeat -- many congratulated us, and hung out to chat as the Rose Bowl Ceremony take place.  I must say that they were some of the better fans if you had to sit in someone else's section.And after the game, some Penn State fans were nice enough to take our picture.  Frankly, the Penn State fans were pretty admirable in defeat -- many congratulated us, and hung out to chat as the Rose Bowl Ceremony take place.  I must say that they were some of the better fans if you had to sit in someone else's section.

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