Heartwarming moments defy chill at Rose Parade
PASADENA, California (AP) - A couple who became husband and wife on the Love Float, a surprise reunion between a returning soldier and his little boy, and a grand marshal famed globally for her chimpanzee research were among the highlights of the 124th Rose Parade on Tuesday.
The parade's spectacular 42 floral floats brightened an otherwise cloudy New Year's morning and boosted the spirits of a chilled crowd estimated at some 700,000 spectators lining the 8km route.
"The only way that you're going to experience the Rose Parade is to be here in person," said Los Angeles resident Gineen Alcantara-Nakama, who camped out on Monday night to save front row sidewalk spots.
"Growing up, I watched it on television, but it's not the same - the smell, the atmosphere, smelling the flowers as they come down the street. And the energy. It's like being with family all night long."