Volunteer David Burney from Milwaukee helps put the finishing touches on the RDF TV rose float.
UPDATE 1:38 p.m. - The bands chosen for this year's Rose Parade came from near and far. The hometown Pasadena City College honor band travelled a few blocks. The Banda El Salvador travelled four days — the high schoolers from Central America arrived by bus with a performance that did not disappoint.
The theme of this year¹s event was "Oh, the Places You'll Go," the title of Dr. Seuss' last book. Dr. Jane Goodall served as Grand Marshal, waving to the crowd from a horse drawn carriage.
Typically a B-2 stealth bomber begins the parade. This year it roared overhead closer to the end to coincide with the Defense Department's first-ever Rose Parade float. It was a quarter-million dollar replica of the Korean War memorial, meant to commemorate the "forgotten war."
After the sanctioned parade ended, protestors with bullhorns surrounded an unofficial float rolling down Colorado Boulevard. It was created by Occupy Wall Street, with a giant Mr. Monopoly figure on top meant to symbolize of the evils of big banks.
Chimpanzee expert Jane Goodall holds a football after being named as the grand marshal of Pasadena's 2013 Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif. on Wed. April 25, 2012. The Tournament of Roses announced the honor Wednesday in a ceremony where Goodall greeted well-wishers with the kind of chimpanzee call that can be heard in Tanzania's Gombe National Park.
Chimpanzee expert Jane Goodall holds a monkey doll she brings with her wherever she travels after being named as the grand marshal of Pasadena's 2013 Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif. on Wed. April 25,2012. The Tournament of Roses announced the honor Wednesday in a ceremony where Goodall greeted well-wishers with the kind of chimpanzee call that can be heard in Tanzania's Gombe National Park.
Jane Goodall, the renowned anthropologist, researcher, author, and world's foremost expert on chimpanzees, will serve as Grand Marshal at the 2013 Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, it was announced Wednesday.
Goodall was named at a ceremony in the Tournament's rose garden. Though she has not attended the parade or game before, she said, "It symbolizes some of the best in human nature. It symbolizes imagination, it symbolizes technology -- the way the floats have evolved -- and it symbolizes endeavor and courage on the part of the players who take place in the Rose Bowl game."
Parade officials say Goodall's adventures made her great pick for this year's Seuss-ian theme, "Oh, the Places You’ll Go."
"Oh, the Places You'll Go!," the inspirational book by former La Jolla resident Theodor Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, has been chosen as the theme for next year's Rose Parade, 2013 Tournament of Roses President Sally Bixby announced yesterday on Facebook.