Pasadena welcomes the new year with millions of flowers(Read article summary)
The Rose Parade is a flower-lover's delight.
It snowed all day in Boston, and now it's windy and cold. Wind chills are supposed to dip to -11 F. (-24 C) tonight. So I'm indulging in some positive thinking -- about tomorrow's Tournament of Roses Parade.
Usually I can take or leave televised parades. But I have to say that I never want to miss a minute of the Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif. There's something about all those flowers that reels me in every time.
I wonder over and over: How do they do that with real flowers? And, how many flowers do you think it took to do that?
The LA Times has a wonderful website that includes an interactive map of the parade's route, a page about the larger-than-life robot that will lead the parade, and photos or illustrations of all 88 parade entries (plus separate sections for the 18 equestrian entries, the 21 marching bands, and the 46 floats -- and don't ask me why that doesn't add up to 88!).
But for people like me who are fascinated by what happens behind the scenes, the best parts of the website are the Flash transformation of one of last year's floats from pickup truck to rocket ship and the details of the creation of a fire-breathing dragon of a float.