Every year we have the great opportunity to see the largest and most beautiful Rose Parade live from the Rose Bowl. This year is no exception, so keep reading to find out which were the best, most authentic and elaborate, check out the photos and video after the jump.
Before we get started on this year’s Rose Parade let’s look back when it all began. The Parade’s original name is the Tournament of Roses Parade and it is referred as the biggest, most beautiful New Year’s celebration in the U.S. held in Pasadena, California where it first was held 121 years ago, on January 1st, 1890. Millions of Americans and viewers all over the world have seen the billions of exotic and colorful flowers in floats plus there also are horses, beauty queens, celebrities and marching bands.
This year the Parade was presented by the first time by Honda and luckily a Saturday (if Jan. 1st would have been a Sunday the Parade would have been on Monday) and sunny after all the heavy rains that have been flooding the streets of Southern California, a float that has been calling for attention if the HGTV Dream Home that is a replica of their mountain lodge in Phoenix Decorating, the float was designed by Phoenix Decorating and Dave Pittman who has been working on it for months.
The chilly weather filled the atmosphere with big coats among the thousands of viewers on Colorado Boulevard since early at 8:00 a.m and on the floats the stunning princesses with big smiles. A big smile was the one that adorned the face of 13 year old Mike Carraway Jr. who two years ago received a liver transplant, Mikey need the transplant but he could be on the patients’ waiting list for a long time, what if his body didn’t have that time?
But faith had other plans and while the lives of the Hernandez family were shattered by the tragic death of their 18 years old son Johnny who had died in a terrible motorcycle crash, they decided to donate Johnny’s organs, his liver was meant to be for Mikey. Ever since that day and after he was fully recovered he founded Mikey’s Meals, where he feeds hundreds of people and raises awareness to organ transplants. This year Mikey was on board a float at the Rose Parade.
Tell us what you thought about this 122nd Rose Parade? Did you like it? Check out the photos and video below.