Thursday, December 30, 2010

Elbow, Elbow, Wrist, Wrist

I took these photos yesterday afternoon from my car at the corner of Colorado Boulevard, waiting to make the left turn onto North Orange Grove. See? Red light. Perfectly safe.

Workers were still preparing for Saturday's Tournament of Roses festivities. Most of the bleachers are ready, but this pavilion needed a few final touches.

It wasn't until I got home and uploaded the photos that I realized the guys in yellow were the only ones working. I had several pictures of the gentlemen behind the white fence practicing their parade waves.


Because of the comments, I decided to add a couple of extra pictures to give an idea of what things are looking like around town:
Just south of our featured gentlemen, the press pavilion at Colorado and Orange Grove is complete.

Several miles east: how do the employees at Fedde's Furniture get in the front door of the store every morning?

21 comments:

J.J. in L.A. said...

So much for your powers of invisibility.

pasadenapio said...

Wash the window, change the light bulb: That's how the perfect Rose Queen wave was described to me by a TofR official several years ago.

Mister Earl said...

I love this photo. Wet streets really make things look so much better. And I like that it gives those who've never been to the parade in person a sense of the things that you don't really get to see on television.

Kate said...

The Parade is quite a spectacle, isn't it? Fun for all!

Jean Spitzer said...

Smiling and waving, you're honored.

Steven said...

Let the party begin. Best of luck Pasadena. Hope the sun shines bright.

Lori Lynn said...

Love that parade wave!

Hi Petrea! Sorry it's been a while...I've missed so much, your recent posts and photos are terrific. I want to wish you a healthy, happy, fabulous new year. Maybe our paths will cross in 2011?
LL

Cafe Pasadena said...

I find the best opportunities for taking shots are usually when I'm behind the wheel. Unfortunately, those are often the worse times as well.

I've come up with my own unique way of saying it: "It was the best of times and the worst of times!"

Actually when it comes to my fotos, it can appear most times are the worst!

Petrea said...

J.J., the close-ups reveal them benevolently greeting their general public, but not specifically me.

I love that, PIO! Hilarious.

Mister Earl, you prompt me to post a couple more. They're not great shots but they give an idea of what town is looking like right now.

It's a very big deal, Kate. All of Pasadena is consumed by it at the moment. Those who manage the Tournament of Roses are dedicated full-time, year round.

Ha! Jean, I think they were waving at every car that went by.

Steven, so do I! Predictions for New Year's Eve are lows in the mid 30s to lower 40s--tough because people camp out along Colorado Blvd. and no tents are allowed. Clouds and a 20% chance of rain are predicted for New Year's day. I don't worry about that; 20% is nothin! And a few clouds never hurt a great parade.

Hello, Lori Lynn! Happy New Year! We'd better make it a point to get together this year.

Charles Dickens has got nothing on you, Cafe.

Mister Earl said...

And those cities like South Pasadena, that build their own floats, have their own year-round "big deals" raising money, designing, planning, building the float. Last night's Crunch-Time party, where Laurie was honored, was an event to raise money for the float. So the overall parade consumes some people, and the local floats consume other people!

Bellis said...

I hope the wind chill goes away soon for the sake of the ones that camp out along the route. It's bitterly cold right now despite the sun. There are busloads of people by the Rose Bowl lining up to help decorate the floats. Tomorrow afternoon will be a great time to go down there as the floats will be out on the road in front of the Rose Bowl ready for the judges. I love the floats that have steam and movement and circus trains and surfboarding dogs!

Mister Earl said...

That wind chill is nasty. Probably some floats are out for judging today, too.

Petrea said...

Earl, Laurie is too modest to blog about that. I hope to see some mention of it on South Pasadena Patch!

Pascal Jim said...

As over 800 Shuttle Buses traverse our narrow street to the R.B.Game, I too, have a special wave.

Rosemont/ProspectTerrace at 10.00 PM to watch the floats travel to Orange Grove,New Years Eve...Fun, bring Rum...

Happy Number 2011...!!

Petrea said...

Jim, I saw a lot of those shuttles today!

Katie said...

Wow, what a production! Now I'm looking forward to watching the parade on TV to look for the "wash the window, change the light bulb" waves. Love the Fredde Furniture sign.

Shell Sherree said...

I can well imagine you'd be very prudent when taking photographs while in charge of a moving vehicle, Petrea. The action of raising glasses involves some "elbow, elbow, wrist, wrist" activity, too. That reminds me ... Happy New Year! Here's to a peaceful and bright one.

Petrea said...

After my experience yesterday seeing the floats up close, I'm getting more excited. Happy new year!

Margaret said...

I love the guy channeling his inner princess.

Petrea said...

Hee hee, Margaret.

TheChieftess said...

The photos bring me back to Pasadena in thought!!! Can't say that I miss the crowds though!!!