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The floats of the 123rd Tournament of Roses Parade

These photos are exclusively of the floats in the 123rd Annual Tournament of Roses Parade. I had attempted to put all the photos from the event in one gallery, but that just made it too difficult for the viewer to sort through. As a result I now have two galleries; this one with all the floats and my previous Rose Parade blog entry which contains photos of the marching bands, drill teams, equestrian units and some people watching.

Like the prior Rose Parade gallery, since there are so many photos, you might find it easier to use the slideshow function and let it run on auto-pilot. There is even a full screen option, which I would recommend using as the photos are of high quality. It will be worth it. Continue reading

123rd Tournament of Roses Parade photos

Happy New Year! Yes, it is 2012 and so far, it is starting off with a bang. A tradition for the past 123 years has been the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, CA which is normally held on New Years Day. Since New Years fell on a Sunday this year and the parade has a “Never on a Sunday” rule, it was held on Monday. The theme for this year’s parade was “Just Imagine” and as you can see by looking at the photos of the floats, there was a lot of imagination put into their design. This was my first opportunity to attend the parade but hopefully it will not be my last.

Since there were so many photos I had to break the parade up into two groups. These photos are of the marching bands, equestrian units and drill teams. The next gallery will be of all the floats. There are 900+ photos in this gallery, so if you marched in the parade, there is a very good chance your photo is here. Additionally, since there are so many photos, you might find it easier to use the slideshow function and let it run on auto-pilot. There is even a full screen option for your viewing pleasure. Continue reading

New Years Eve at the Redondo Beach Castle

In 2012, GotBaddog.com is planning on focusing more time promoting charity fundraisers and local events. To start this off, Tanya and I attended the Lady of Magic fundraiser at the Redondo Beach Castle, in Redondo Beach, CA. The fundraiser was for the Midnight Mission, which is a homeless shelter in downtown Los Angeles.

The Redondo Beach Castle is is owned by world-class magician and “Entertainers to the Stars” Sisuepahn Phila and Brian Gillis. It was a very nice party with live music provided by the Kevin McCarthy Concept, food, a DJ and some amazing magic. I did my best to give a feel of the magic, but these people are really good. It was also my first New Years with Tanya, so the magic was fitting.

By the way, if you are involved in fundraisers and want the coverage, please feel free to contact me. My social network links are on the right sidebar. Continue reading

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