Coming Up, Roses

Dozens of radio announcers around the country also do endorsement spots for YMT Vacations, each advertising a specific tour package to an interesting destination. If enough listeners sign up for the trip, the deejay and a guest get to go along. I’m very happy that my new job at WNOX allows me the opportunity to do the endorsement spots too.

One of YMT’s tour packages screamed my name. They offer a five day trip to Los Angeles and the Rose Parade in Pasadena. The itinerary includes sightseeing in Hollywood, a visit to the Rosemont Pavilion to see floats under construction, and grandstand seats at the Parade on New Year’s morning. To reserve a spot on the tour, call 1-800-888-8204.

Longtime readers of my blog know that I write about the Rose Parade almost every January. In 2006, I wrote about the memories that I love about the Rose Parade:

My family and I watched the parade in person one year when KROQ’s Jed the Fish invited us to a New Year’s Eve party at his home in Pasadena. Around 2 or 3 a.m. we walked along the street where the floats were lining up. The best part of seeing the floats up close is the smell. We had to remove our shoes when we got back to Jed’s house because the fans camped out along the parade route were tossing marshmallows at each other and they got the street all sticky. After a couple of hours of sleep we watched the parade from atop stepladders provided by our host.
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The City of Burbank has one of the last self-built floats in the parade(most of the floats are built by companies like Phoenix Decorating or Fiesta Parade Floats). For a few years, our family volunteered to help decorate the Burbank float during the week between Christmas and New Year’s. We worked on “Grandma’s Attic,” “To The Future… At Full Throttle” and “The All American Barbershop Quartet.” We spent a few hours each day gluing silverleaf or dry materials onto the float, unpacking flowers shipped in from Hawaii, or prepping roses and putting them into little vials of water.
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One year we were stripping thorns off roses when the old lady in charge sent a new volunteer to help us. We showed the newbie how to use a tool to strip the thorns and how to fill the little vials from a bucket of cold water with a floral preservative added. The young woman told us she couldn’t do any of those tasks because she was a hand model.

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