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Rose Queen Drew Washington and members of the Royal Court ride in the Macy's "Presenting The Royal Court" float.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

Marchers escort the lead float, the Wells Fargo Theme Float entitled "Just Imagine ... ," down Colorado Boulevard in the 123rd Rose Parade.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

Members of the Avon Marching Black and Gold from Avon, Ind., perform a flag routine in the 123rd Rose Parade on Monday in Pasadena.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Arkasha Stevenson / Los Angeles Times

Marchers bearing oversize letters spelling out Rose Parade lead the procession as the parade begins.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times

The Kyoto Tachibana High School Green Band of Japan delivers a peppy performance in the 123rd Rose Parade.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

The University of Wisconsin band steps sharply down Colorado Boulevard.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times

Rose Queen Drew Washington, 17, of Pasadena waves to the crowd as she and her Royal Court float down the parade route.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times

Members of the Roy Rogers 100th Anniversary Palomino Riders are decked out patriotically.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times

The Kaiser Permanente "Every Body Walk" float rolls down Colorado Boulevard.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

Smoke bellows from a dragon's nose on China Airlines' "Spirit of Prosperity and Harmony" float.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times

Detail of the multicolored floral arrangment on the city of Alhambra's "Bearing Down the Track!" float.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times

Occupy the Rose Parade protesters bearing a giant facsimile of the preamble to the U.S. Constitution, as well as an alternate "We the corporations" version, prepare to march after the official parade.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times

Occupy protestors carry the "Occupy Octopus" float, made of plastic bags attached to a frame, along the parade route.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times

A figure on the Sierra Madre Rose Float Assn. entry "Colorful Imagination" towers over the crowd.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles County sheriff's vehicles follow Occupy the Rose Parade protesters down the parade route, trailing the official parade.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

The California Clock Co. "Timeless Fun for Everyone" float includes a skateboarding track.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

The city of South Pasadena's "When Life Gives You Lemons ... " float.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times

The parade delighted well-bundled fans of all ages.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times

A child seems unimpressed by a band marching past his curbside vantage point.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

Parade watchers cheer as floats go by.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times

Avalena Romero, center, clapping, with cousin Ashley Magana, left, son John Paul Herrera Romero, middle front, and cousin Eric Ventura, middle right, watch as the parade rolls past.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Arkasha Stevenson / Los Angeles Times

Marchers carry intricate geometric shapes as part of their parade routine.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Arkasha Stevenson / Los Angeles Times

Reneta Deaquino with the Lions Club International "A Word at Peace" entry waves to the crowd as she marches down the parade route.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Arkasha Stevenson / Los Angeles Times

The Arcadia High School Apache Marching Band marches down Colorado Boulevard.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

J.R. Martinez waves to the crowd as car carrying the Rose Parade grand marshal makes its way down Orange Grove Avenue.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times

The Arcadia High School Apache Marching Band performs for the crowd along Colorado Boulevard.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

The city of South Pasadena's float, "When Life Gives You Lemons ...," rolls down Orange Grove Avenue.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times

The Kinect For Xbox 360 float, "You Are The Controller," makes its way along the parade route.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

University of Wisconsin fans enjoy the weather and the spectacle along Colorado Boulevard.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

The University of Oregon mascot has fun with the crowd.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

Rose Queen Drew Washington and her court wave to the crowd.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times

Orange Grove Avenue is filled with floats, equestrian untis and marching bands as the parade rolls forward.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times

Members of the LAUSD All-District High School Honor Band strut their stuff along Colorado Boulevard.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times

The crowd takes in "Shining Knights Still Exist," the float by the Odd Fellows and Rebekahs.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

"The Dream Machine," an entry by the Burbank Tournament of Roses Assn., rolls down Colorado Boulevard.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

The 123rd Rose Parade begins in Pasadena.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times

A flyover by an Air Force B-2 stealth bomber helped kick off the parade.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

The United State Marine Corps West Coast Composite band takes its turn in front of the parade audience.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times

The Wells Fargo Theme Float, representing the 2012 parade theme "Just Imagine ... ," gets things rolling in the 123rd Rose Parade.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

Marines salute as the Marine Corps Mounted Color Guard makes its way down Orange Grove Avenue before swinging onto the main parade route.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times

Kenny G performs on the "Sweet Dreams" float from American Honda.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times

The Marine Corps Mounted Color Guard prepares to turn onto Colorado Boulevard to join the main parade route.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times

The Cal Poly Universities "To the Rescue" float was built by the school's campuses in Pomona and San Luis Obispo.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

Another section of the "To the Rescue" float.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

The American Honda "Sweet Dreams" float was second in the float lineup.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

An explosion of confetti announces the kickoff float and band combo as the 123rd Tournament of Roses Parade begins in Pasadena.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times

Spirited visitors from the University of Oregon prepare to march.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times

A cheer goes up as a University of Oregon contingent prepares to march.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times

The Arcadia High School Apache Marching Band prepares to step off in the 123rd Rose Parade.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times

Donny Labrenz of the University of Wisconsin band is ready for the start of the 123rd Rose Parade.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times

The American Honda "Sweet Dreams" float awaits the start of the 123rd Rose Parade.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times

An Occupy protester sends a message prior to the 123rd Rose Parade in Pasadena.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

A boy gets some shut-eye along Colorado Boulevard before the Rose Parade's start in Pasadena.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Arkasha Stevenson / Los Angeles Times

Wisconsin Badger faithfuls Rebecca Breitlow, 19, and Devin Dilling, 19, both freshmen students at the University of Wisconsin, are ready for the start of the 123rd Rose Parade.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times

Joggers carry the Stars and Stripes as they jog along Colorado Boulevard before the start of the 123rd Rose Parade in Pasadena.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times

Lexi Beermann encourages her bulldog, Wally, who will appear in Dick Van Patten's Natural Balance Pet Foods "Surf's Up" float. Dogs will surf on 65-foot long waves in 6,600 gallons of water on a float weighing about 131,950 pounds.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times

Georgia Brown, 11, of Girl Scout Troop 1657 in Anaheim, helps prepare flowers that will be put on floats at Fiesta Parade Floats.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times

Katie Nigolian, 12, of Girl Scout Troop 1531 carries flowers at Fiesta Parade Floats, where more than 300,000 flowers will be used.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times

A rose at the Artistic Entertainment Services in Azusa, where floats are under construction for this years' 123rd Rose Parade. Hundreds of thousands of flowers off all types will be trimmed, snipped, pruned and stripped before they have their moment in the sun on a float cruising down Colorado Blvd.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Christina House / For the Times

Volunteers Jackie Kershner, left, and Melinda Grace Ware put the finishing touches on the City of Glendale float at the Rose Palace.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

A volunteer trims a dried flower for the Farmer's Insurance float at the Rose Palace.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

Volunteer Dory Bennett works on "Dinosaurs in L.A.'s Backyard," the city of Los Angeles' float at the Rose Palace.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

Volunteers Lenore Newcomer, left, and daughter Megan Gilbert decorate the Shriners' float, "Soaring for Kids," at the Rose Palace.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

Volunteers Jared Barlow, 18, left, and Hunduma Kanno, 17, above, work on the China Airlines float at Artistic Entertainment Services in Azusa.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Christina House / For the Times

Second-year volunteer Maya Omori, 14, of Pasadena climbs down the scaffolding while helping with the China Airlines float at Artistic Entertainment Services in Azusa.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Christina House / For the Times

Fourth-year volunteer Justin Volquardsen, 15, of Hacienda Heights lines up vials of roses to be placed on floats at Artistic Entertainment Services in Azusa.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Christina House / For the Times

Volunteer Jim Bollinger puts the finishing touches on the face of a football player on the Kinect For XBOX float at the Tournament of Roses Assn. Rosemont Pavilion in Pasadena.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

Volunteers and professional float builders scramble to apply the flowers to the Rose Parade floats under construction at the Rosemont Pavilion in Pasadena.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

Volunteers prepare flower petals at the Rosemont Pavilion in Pasadena.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

Volunteer Amanda Kao reaches to apply flowers to the ear of a bear on the Alhambra Rose Parade float.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

Volunteer Sarah Crespo applies glue to the stars on one of the Rose Parade floats under construction. Professional float builders and volunteers like Sarah are sprinting to finish all of the Rose Parade floats under construction in the Tournament of Roses Assn.'s Rosemont Pavilion.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

Spectators and volunteers snap photos of the Rose Parade floats under construction at the Rosemont Pavilion in Pasadena.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

Volunteer Casey Moore reaches to apply flowers and glue on the RFD-TV Rose Parade float depicting Roy Rogers.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

Volunteers and professional float builders scramble to apply flowers to the City Of Hope Rose Parade float under construction.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

Floats fill a huge work area at Phoenix Decorating in Pasadena. The company is building half of the 44 flower-covered behemoths that will be in the 2012 Rose Parade.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

Morgan Smith, 17, of Temecula and Kyle Le, 18, of Riverside work on the Western Asset float.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times

Austin Fagrell, 16, of Fallbrook, Calif., works on the Rotary International float.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times

Sunita Boddu of San Clemente works on the float sponsored by Kinect for Xbox 360.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times

Chris Lofthouse, president of Phoenix Decorating, says he counts on 12,000 to 13,000 volunteers per week in December. The 2012 Rose Parade is Jan. 2.floats

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

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The pageantry of the Tournament of Roses Parade is catching the world’s eyes Monday morning.

This year, the Rose Parade and Rose Bowl Game are taking place on Jan. 2 in Pasadena, in line with the Tournament of Roses’ “Never on a Sunday” tradition. In 1893, the first time the then-3-year-old parade would have fallen on a Sunday, officials decided it would be best to avoid interfering with Sunday worship services and instituted a policy of moving events to Jan. 2 whenever Jan. 1 fell on a Sunday. The last time the “Never on a Sunday” policy was in effect was 2006.

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6 Comments

  1. January 2, 2012, 9:32 am

    It was nice but its still not Macy's.. Would have still wished to been able to watch Hoda and Kathylee.

    By: regina_chahal
  2. January 2, 2012, 9:53 am

    How long is the parade. Like the distance not the amount of time.

    By: Jafedadd
  3. January 2, 2012, 11:00 am

    These 0.4% radical fringe of the population have no business in a pictorial show of the Rose Parade.

    By: xapie
  4. January 2, 2012, 11:20 am

    NBC really messed up the last float, that of Roy Roger's 100 birthday celebration. I wanted to see and hear Roy Roger's son and grandson sing and see all the 100 beautiful palominos gathered in his honor, but NBC cut off their show right then. Shame on you Al.

    By: vmmcmaid@yahoo.com
  5. January 2, 2012, 5:38 pm

    Awesome pictures and the black background makes them stand out even more. They always have nice parades out of Pasadena.

  6. January 5, 2012, 11:00 am

    like 8 miles total on horse

    By: cuervosgold@ht

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