For us locals, the Rose Parade is pretty much a year-round event. The army of volunteers starts working on the coming year’s parade on January 2nd, float builders start that same month, and we all know it’s Thanksgiving when the stands appear on Orange Grove.
For us at Hometown Pasadena, the parade starts in mid-summer, when floats start creeping out into the sunshine from our neighbor, the Rose Palace, where so many of them are built and decorated. We’ve seen two in the last few weeks, apparently being moved over to the Rosemont Pavilion, where they’ll be laden with flowers come December. It’s not fun being stuck behind one when you’re late for a meeting, but most of the time it makes us happy to see them float up Raymond.