A quick trip around Pasadena and La Cañada about 10 pm, shows all the preparation for the parade is complete.
By Jerry Friedman
In La Cañada they were offering the remainder of their left-over flowers for “Free” (donations accepted). The crowd was small and sales were brisk. Down in the Rose Bowl area, the floats were lined up, some roads were closed and crowds were small.
The broadcast towers have been in place for days along the top of Colorado Boulevard, the cameras have been out, and covered in plastic and watched over, be ready to bring the event to millions of people around the world. The ubiquitous bleachers are there, as we have seen from years past.
Old Pasadena traffic was jammed a little worse, and there were marshmallows and tortillas to dodge. There are some tents and some cots out in the open along the sidewalks. Some of the people are trying to stay awake; others are trying to get some sleep.
Further down the route, towards PCC, the RV’s are still arriving and jockeying into position. Fires and gas heaters are lit and there are hundreds of chairs lined up, primarily unoccupied. There the people were gathering thickly.
So in many ways it looks like a typical New Year’s Eve in Pasadena. It remains to be seen if the rain, the cold, or the pandemic will scare away the crowds.
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