The 2011 Rose Parade, in photos
Written by Robert Niles
Happy New Year from Pasadena, where we kicked off 2011 with the 122nd annual Tournament of Roses parade!Tweet
The Food Network's Paula Deen led the Rose Parade as this year's Grand Marshal.
Perhaps some float designers love Disney theme parks? Castles were a recurring theme in this year's Rose Parade. Here, parade sponsor Honda makes a show for the TV cameras.
Look closely and you might see Honda's ASIMO robot, in flowers, peeking out from under one of those castle arches.
Bayer Advanced also chose a fairy-tale castle theme.
Dole won the Sweepstakes Trophy for Most Beautiful Entry.
The Trader Joe's float won the Animation Trophy:
The Three Little Pigs also appeared in this year's parade. (Courtesy a building supply company, of course.)
Check out the detail in all the various organic material used to create this Native American on the RFD-TV float.
Here's a final look at that Rose Bowl-in-flowers close-up, which I first showed you in our preview earlier this week:
I found one more (very small) theme park reference in this year's parade. That's supposed to the Universal Studios arch, on the City of Los Angeles' float.
Here's something I've been wanting for years in the Rose Parade: a video game-themed float. Okay, it's for the 30th anniversary of Pac-Man, so it's not exactly cutting-edge. But it's a start.
Finally, here are your Rose Bowl team marching bands in action. First, from the University of Wisconsin:
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