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A Jewish Childhood - Ringing in the New Year -The Joy of Flowers- Rose Parade 2013
Friday, 04 January 2013 14:45

It seems like only yesterday I was six or seven, standing on a three legged milk stool, and being balanced by my father as we stood there on Colorado Boulevard watching the Tournament of Roses. The smells, the colors, the sounds of the big marching bands were all intriguing to me and they still are.

Afterwards, we went to the park where all the floats are staged for three days up close bringing the glory of the parade right back. The park is called Victory Park and is located on Sierra Madre and Washington. I remember going there in my early 30s with a few friends and being taken right back to those early days.

Here it is January 1st and I take my place on the couch in front of my big screen monitor, turn on HGTV who shows the whole parade without commercial interruptions. I have gone to or have watched this for over 60 years.

The Rose Parade from Pasadena, California.

My cousin Mike used to work on the floats for a week before the parade and rejoiced in seeing the completed floats drive out onto Orange Grove Avenue to be staged, turn right on Colorado Boulevard and continue for the complete length of the 5 1/2 mile route.

The thrill still has not left me. I feel we all need a constant in our lives and watching the Rose Parade is one of mine.

Thank you for reading A Jewish Childhood Blog. And keep coming back. Enjoy this most glorious year 2013.

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