I never was a big fan of the Rose Parade while I lived in Southern California. But, I miss my home. Terribly. So I started watching this iconic New Year’s Day offering to get some glimpses of palm trees and Pasadena scenery.
But even if I didn’t miss SoCal, I’ve grown to appreciate the Rose Parade as inspiring, creative and interesting. The floats are truly magnificent works of genius in vegetation execution.
But the Rose Parade is so much more. It is heartwarming! I doubt there was a dry eye as the “Canines with Courage” float rolled up carrying a US soldier directly from Afghanistan for a surprise homecoming with his wife and young son. This same wonderful float conveyed a loyal German Shepherd who had recently lost his paw in service to our country.
The Rose Parade is exciting! My heart thrilled ~ even as watching from my home ~ as the stirring Korean War memorial float glided down the route timed to precision with a B2 flyover.
The Rose Parade is inspiring! The “Jesus, the Way to Heaven” float was not only breathtaking but expectant in its beautiful glimpse of heaven for believers in Christ. Also delightfully uplifting was the “A Child’s Magic Carpet Ride” float, built by the altruistic Kiwanis and carrying Miss Wheelchair of California.
The Rose Parade is fun! Who could help but chuckle when viewing Trader Joe’s “Recipe for Adventure” float, a cleverly constructed ship floating atop a sea of fresh fruits and veggies and utilizing kitchen utensils for the ship’s masts, platforms and propellers.
The Rose Parade is nostalgic! Lots of excellent worldwide school marching bands and more horses and costumed riders than at a rodeo. The atmosphere hearkens back to a more wholesome era and you get the impression you just might see good ol’ Ronnie Reagan saddled up alongside Roy Rogers. Themes range from sweet and fun to patriotic and the clothing is generally modest. Nice. Real nice.
In this day of removing nativity displays from public property, anti-American sentiment, over-exposed celebrities and exceedingly sub-par entertainment it’s both a blessing and a miracle that the Rose Parade has survived. So, thank you, Lord, for a great start to a New Year!