If you like to travel then you probably have a bucket list of places you haven't yet visited. I decided it was time to look at my own bucket list. I just returned from the Rose Bowl Parade in Pasadena. I had admired the floats while watching the parade on TV and the opportunity came for me to experience it myself, so I jumped on it. I actually took a mini-tour which included the parade, but also visited some of the other special attractions in the Los Angeles area.
If you want to see this parade a package really is the best way to go. You don't have to worry about driving (the traffic in LA is crazy), parking, etc. We only had to walk two blocks to get to our reserved seats at the parade. We had a great view of the floats, bands and many equestrian groups and didn't have to camp-out the night before to reserve a seat location. The floats are even more beautiful in person than they are on TV.
One of the other highlights was viewing the floats up close and personal the day after the parade. All of the floats are displayed in one area. It is amazing how they are constructed and to see how seeds, flowers and fruit are used to decorate; every inch of the float has to be covered. What was special for me is one of our clients had volunteered to decorate one of the floats so I was really anxious to see their work (their float did win one of the top prizes)
Some of the other things included with my tour were visits to the Reagan Library and the Getty Museum, a Gala New Year's Eve party and a farewell dinner on the Queen Mary (very neat experience).
If a visit to the Rose Bowl is on your bucket list, we can make that become a reality. If you would like to see a few of my photos from the parade, please visit our Facebook page (Port of Call Travel)