SAN DIEGO, Dec 29, 2012 – The 124th Tournament of Roses Parade takes place on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 11 a.m. EST (8 a.m. PST) featuring spirited marching bands from throughout the nation, majestic floral floats, and high-stepping equestrian units.
While everyone enjoys the bands and horses and might be watching for a hometown favorite, let’s face it: the stars of the parade are the show stopping floral floats which seem to get more creative, elaborate and beautiful every year.
The theme of the 124th Rose Parade for 2013 is “Oh, The Places You’ll Go.” Communities has a slideshow for you with previews of 25 of the 41 floats in the parade. These are the rendering drawings showing the design and color scheme of each float.
If you want to know when to watch for your favorite float, band, or equestrian group, take a look at the 2013 Parade order.
If you are in Southern California, you can get a backstage glimpse of the floral floats in their final stages of preparation at any of three float assembly locations through December 31. You will see a variety of fruit, seeds, bark, grasses and of course, flowers being applied to the floats by experienced professionals as well as hard working volunteers. Check the Rose Parade website for hours and ticket information.
But if you can’t make it in person, watch the parade here on the Communities page and join in on our live Communities Rose Parade chat. We will be live streaming the Parade courtesy of KTLA in Los Angeles, the longtime experts in Rose Parade coverage.
Because it is more fun to watch a parade with friends, Communities writers Terry Ponick, Sherrie Perkovich and Jacquie Kubin will be commenting on the parade floats and performers in our very own Google Communities Hangout including interactive video.
We always offer more, so look for our live chat window with me, a Southern California native who’s been to her share of Rose Parades.
I’ll provide background information and Parade trivia, respond to your comments about all the bands, floats, equestrian units and more. See you New Year’s Day!
Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR, is President/Owner of the Falcon Valley Group in San Diego, California. Read more Media Migraine in the Communities at The Washington Times. Follow Gayle on Facebook and on Twitter @PRProSanDiego.
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