The 122nd Rose Parade themed “Building Dreams, Friendships & Memories”, will take place on Saturday, January 1, 2011 at 8 am (PST) featuring spirited marching bands from throughout the nation, majestic floral floats, and high-stepping equestrian units.*
History behind the Rose Parade**
To celebrate California's mild winter climate, the Tournament's founders and Valley Hunt Club members, Dr. Francis Rowland and Prof. Charles Holder, created a floral festival in 1890 patterned after the "Battle of the Flowers" in Nice, France.
It was initially a modest procession of flower-covered carriages with afternoon "games" including foot races, tug-of-war contests and sack races.
When we watch this year it will have a different meaning. Since we live right down the street from TCU here in Fort Worth and 'cause my sweetie is a Badger fan. (Go Frogs!)
Speaking of TCU...
Last Sunday took a walk in the bitter cold morning breeze to view the TCU stadium being imploded to make room for newer stadium seating, suites, etc.
This took all of 27 seconds.
Looking up into the cold December sky at all the helicopters flying over head we spotted the sun dog or halo around the sun.