Rose Parade Floats are a celebration of Southern California

WHY WE LOVE PASADENA

SoCal Cities are highlight of parade

Pasadena’s annual New Year’s celebration, the world-famous Rose Parade, gave its founders the opportunity to bask in Pasadena’s crisp sunshine, green hills, and blue mountains in the month of January, while their East Coast friends and former neighbors shivered in the old snowy climate.

A recent photo from the 1928 Rose Parade, posted by the “Beverly Hills Historic Preservation” Facebook page, reminded me that, at its core the Rose Parade was and still is a celebration of the entire sunny Southern California region. The city of Pasadena hosts the parade, and neighboring cities send floats to represent their own communities.

City of Beverly Hills - 1928 Rose Parade float (courtesy of the Beverly Hills Historic Preservation Facebook group)

City of Beverly Hills – 1928 Rose Parade float (courtesy of the Beverly Hills Historic Preservation Facebook group)

It’s worth highlighting those “city” floats, so that they don’t get lost amid the Honda, Disneyland, Trader Joe’s, and other more corporate entries.

City of Torrance - 2013 Rose Parade float entry

City of Torrance

City of La Cañada Flintridge - 2013 Rose Parade float entry

City of La Cañada Flintridge

City of Glendale - 2013 Rose Parade float entry

City of Glendale

City of Los Angeles - 2013 Rose Parade float entry

City of Los Angeles

City of South Pasadena- 2013 Rose Parade float entry

City of South Pasadena

City of San Gabriel- 2013 Rose Parade float entry

City of San Gabriel

City of Alhambra- 2013 Rose Parade float entry

City of Alhambra

City of Burbank - 2013 Rose Parade float entry

City of Burbank – 2013 Rose Parade float entry

City of Sierra Madre- 2013 Rose Parade float entry

City of Sierra Madre

 

About the DPNA:

The Downtown Pasadena Neighborhood Association  is the voice of the residents of the Central District of Pasadena, California.

We meet monthly on the Third Thursday at 6:30pm in the Gamble Lounge of Pasadena Presbyterian Church at 585 E Colorado Blvd.

The DPNA promotes a walkable urban lifestyle in a city that is vibrant with thriving businesses, excellent arts, good government, and active public spaces.

The DPNA advocates for urban parks, wider sidewalks, pedestrian-biased street design, bike lanes, trees & shrubbery, mixed-use & transit-oriented development, enduring architecture, a streetcar, and other amenities that improve life for residents of an urban city center.

Downtown Pasadena is defined roughly as the 210 freeway (north), Catalina Ave (east), California Blvd (south), and Pasadena Ave (west).

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