It was so fun watching something that I had treasured while
a young child, with my two little granddaughters, the “M & M
girls.” First, I reminded them about their Mommy and Daddy
taking them to see the All Horse Parade and the Thanksgiving
parade where Santa Claus “closes the show!”
Then, I had to tell them this was in a far away state where
it is beautiful and sunny, California! They had heard of it,
even the 2 and 1/2 year old solemnly nodded in agreement when
Marley exclaimed, “That’s where they make movies!”
We ate Froot Loops cereal, which my spellcheck wants to correct
me and make it Fruit Loops cereal. We had berries with vanilla
yogurt for our protein and calcium. I drank a cup of a blend of
the two flavored coffees I received. My brother, Randy, had
given me Hazelnut Cream and my youngest daughter had given me
French Vanilla. The combination of those two flavors, by the way,
is scrumptious tasting, smells wonderful and very addictive!
The Grand Marshal of the Parade was someone who had broadcasted
years and years with the Dodgers. This will summarize but not
provide all the details, since many times there were exclamations
and questions, along with going to get the “baby dolls” to watch,
and other distracting things! We laughed at the float called,
“Let’s Be Neighbors,” where there was a big brown bear that kept
popping his head out of the trash can. I told them all the natural
wonders that were named to create the bear’s brown coat. One, you
will be amazed with also, is kidney beans were individually glued
on. Emphasizing the laborious task of doing this to create the bear,
the announcer said this detail slowly, “Imagine putting each kidney
bean on the form, one at a time!”
There was what I entitled, “The Honda Extravaganza!” I mentioned
that their uncle had worked at the Marysville, Ohio Honda plant.
This was not the float’s real name, by the way. They mentioned
there was only one powerful engine with one driver on board. It
looked like the best in the new age, high tech race cars category!
The teachers float was precious with their aunt’s favorite bird,
there were several beautiful, winking owls up in trees. The girls
started a cacophony of “hooting” and “who- who- who’s.” We have no
idea which city or state that came from, sorry!
There was a combined International float between Singapore and
joining Polynesians which called their group: the “Sing-Poli Group.”
It had imaginative winged horses and I loved connecting two cultures
with their ornate costumes or appropriate ‘dress’ of those places.
The girls enjoyed this, got a little quieter here. Marley told me,
they were a little like the animated cartoon they love so much,
“Ni Hao, Kai-lan.” This means “Hello, Kai-lan, who is an adorable,
little Chinese girl. They saw the traditional attire and thought this
was very exciting, too! The two sisters like “knowing something Nana
We had to take a break and grab three “Buckeye Candies” apiece their
Mommy had made for us to snack on. I had instinctively kept them from
them on New Year’s Eve. As it was, Kyah (or Makyah) was up until ten
o’clock and Marley crashed at 11:30 p.m. This allowed me to call my
Mom, get us both on the same channel, choosing the Ryan Secrest
show with the New Year’s Eve ball falling on New York Times Square.
We even said the countdown and pretended to ‘kiss’ or ‘air kiss’
across the miles, over cell phones.
(If you have not tried Buckeye candies, they are made of a combo
of peanut butter ball, coated in chocolate, leaving a small circle
of the tan showing on the top. The image is to represent the
buckeyes from our local trees. It is also our Ohio State University
team name and our state tree, too.) The girls had a small cup of
chocolate milk and I had a refill on coffee.
The next float that caught our eyes, was the Tournament of Roses Queen
and her “entourage” of six Princesses. They all had gorgeous red satin
gowns and held red roses in their arms. My Marley was jumping up and
down, oh no! the chocolate ‘hit her already?’ No! She would like to
be a princess and her little sister echoed that idea, too!
A Pup named Morgan was on a float which made me think of an old
Saturday morning cartoon, “Huckleberry Hound.” This was a really
cute float and they again mentioned the use of dark kidney beans
to produce the brown coat on the puppy.
Another lively, interesting float was entitled, “Adventures in
Space.” This had three really funny and adorable looking aliens
that were on the float in their little space ships. These would
disembark, go in a circle, then line up three air ships in a row,
only to ‘load up’ like a car carrier truck! It is amazing to see
how many colors, just using flowers and natural growing plants, go
into create these bright and cheerful foreign creatures.
The two ‘singing floats’ that we caught were both outstanding all
by themselves, then adding the famous voices, made them even more
wonderful. The announcers and I agree, that the years have been
‘kind’ to “K.C. and the Sunshine Band!” This funky music, coming
from the grandly decorated Mississippi River boat made with flowers
and lots of trailing ivy along the railings, made the girls get
up on the coffee table and dance. I let them do such silly things,
but tend to say, “Be careful not to fall off!” while I was dancing
to the songs, including, “Let’s Celebrate and Have a Good Time”
and “Get Down Tonight.” “Stellabrate” was the float’s creative
name and the wine company of Stella Rosa was its sponsor.
They took a moment to tell us that this annual parade on New
Year’s Day, 2014, had an estimated one million onlookers,
along the sidewalks on the path the parade takes. The television
audience for today was estimated to be forty million viewers.
E Harmony was the sponsor for Natalie Cole’s float, featuring her
amazing and beautiful voice. She sang the song, “Everlasting Love.”
On an intergalactic float, the novelty was a 1950’s style rocket
ship. The announcer surprised us by saying that there were a total
of 1.5 million bougainvillea blossoms featured on this one! They
were a brilliant fuschia color and made this float fantastic!
I thought of Samina, who writes posts about service men who put their
lives in the ‘line of duty.’ This includes a wide variety of policemen,
firemen, armed forces and community workers. The float was sponsored
by, K9s 4 Cops, Canines for Cops. The German Shepherd dog looked alive,
his coat very fuzzy and looking like real fur. The announcer intoned,
“These unheralded service dogs are being honored today” with this
float. You can find her blog at:
I thought of several of our fellow bloggers who feature foods, especially
healthy choices. The Queen’s Trophy Award during the parade was given to
the “Miracle Gro” float, with a catch title of “Grow Something Green.”
It had a lovely, edible garden with many large vegetables made of the
very same ingredients, along with extra herbs and spices. These are a
few named, thyme, sage, sesame seeds, cabbage, red pepper seeds, some
dehydrated carrots made larger versions of carrots! The announcer said
you could actually eat almost anything on this float!
I am so happy that the parade is viewed by so many people, that this
family tradition is being passed down to my little granddaughters and
I hope to mention this next year, to the parents to try and get the
children up, sitting in front of the television while they get over
any extra celebrating they have done for New Year’s Eve. This may
keep the children occupied nicely, but sometimes parents or grandparents
may also need to vocalize their enthusiasm and actively participate.
Did you watch any of the 2014 Tournament of Roses Parade? What caught
your attention or eye?