I was so thrilled to be able to see the Rose Parade this year live and in person. The extras, like seeing Jane as Grand Marshal and getting to meet some absolutely incredible members of the military participating in the Canines With Courage float, was just added icing on the cake. My hosts at Natural Balance were incredibly kind, helpful and amazing to all of us who were fortunate enough to enjoy their hospitality. Hope you enjoy some of the great photographs we were able to take while we were there! Happy, happy new year to you all!
And so it begins
The leading float from the 2013 Rose Parade sets the tone for the day.
The Marine Corps band rests before taking up their tubas at the start of the show.
Spirit of Aloha
The Hawaii Pa'u Riders all hail from the State of Hawaii.
Who let the dog out?
A beagle peeks out from the HGTV "All Paths Lead Home" float.
Mater, Lightning McQueen and Sally race back and forth across the elaborate Disneyland Cars Land float.
Canines with Courage
In one of the most talked about moments of the parade, Army Sgt First Class Eric Pazz leaped from the float to surprise his wife and child in the bleachers.
We meant to do that
Dole celebrates Latin America with a Costa Rica inspired float that includes a fire spewing volcano.
20 dancers representing the Solo Batik Carnival accompanied the beautiful entry from the Republic of Indonesia.
Come with me- on a magic carpet ride
The Kiwanis float gives new meaning to the Flying Nun.
With this parade I thee wed
A lucky couple weds on the "Love Float."
It's a bird...it's a plane
The B2 flyover is one of the most thrilling parts of the Rose Parade. With a wingspan of 172 feet, it creates quite a stir.
We love Jane!
Grand Marshal Jane Goodall continues to promote her message of global conservation.
Prime Time Express
The youngest member of this all female mounted drill team from Texas is a mere seven years old.
The Valley Hunt club initiated the Rose Parade; equine teams are a long standing tradition in the parade.
Live the Dream
The Shriners Hospitals for Children float represents two signature Shriners events- a football game and a golf tournament- that raise awareness of the mission to prove high quality pediatric care.
Oh, the Places You'll Go
Kaiser takes a traditional interpretation to this year's Rose Parade theme.
A sea of flowers
Every surface on a Rose Parade float must be covered in flowers or organic material.
The Pasadena City College Honor Band has been in every Rose Parade since 1930.
The Royal Court
Rose Queen Vanessa Manjarrez presides over the 2013 Royal Court. And yes, they braved the chill in bare arms!
Gabe the Hero Dog
Gabe, a retired military working dog riding on the Canines with Courage Natural Balance float, is also a 2012 Hero Dog award winner.
University of Wisconsin
And the band plays on!
Beverly Hills Adoptables
All the adorable pups riding on the Beverly Hills Pet Care Foundation Float are available for adoption.
Dew Drop By
Sub 50 degree temps didn't keep these fairies from smiling.
Down the line
Spectators lined up and down the entire 5.5 mile parade course in Pasadena.