Chit Chat From Here and There

January 05, 2006|By Jane Napier Neely

The unthinkable happened -- it rained on our parade! After a 50-year hiatus the rain came down in buckets on Colorado Boulevard. The stormy weather didn't dampen spirits of the people marching down the parade route or even the spectators -- there were plenty of smiles to go around. In the parade's 116-year history it has rained only nine times.

Here is the best part -- our city's float entry, "The Great Howldini," was a trophy winner! Our adorable and magical dog floated away with the Theme trophy for excellence in presenting the parade theme, "It's Magical." The rabbit that the clever canine was pulling out of his hat was looking pretty happy about the honor too.

The Rose Queen and her princesses, wearing clear rain ponchos over their beautiful gowns, smiled through transparent umbrellas to the crowd. Our two princesses, Michelle Corral and Rachel Geragos, who both attend Flintridge Prep, were weathering the storm beautifully.


I was very happy to be all cozy in my own living room in front of the fireplace to watch the parade. The flower-covered floats seemed to be even more brilliant on this wet, gray day.

Because of New Year's Day being on Sunday and the parade rule of "never on Sunday" we had to wait until Monday to see the parade. I guess this never on Sunday rule has been around since the late 1800s because Pasadena church members didn't want their horses to be frightened by the noise of the marching bands.

Even stranger is that the Rose Bowl game won't be played until Jan. 4. I don't understand it, but GO TROJANS!


Another wonderful tradition of many years has been the Eastman Kodak Company's annual Rose Queen's brunch. This year was its 34th event to honor the beautiful ladies.

Floyd Caldwell, who has recently retired from Eastman Kodak, continues to be the master of ceremonies. Floyd says that he so enjoyed this one event that he just couldn't not continue to do it. He takes great time gathering facts about the queens and loves to introduce each of the women with anecdotes of their reign.

As in years past, the brunch was held at the lovely Ritz-Carlton Huntington Hotel in Pasadena.

This year, three of the past Rose Queens who once lived in La Cañada Flintridge were celebrating anniversaries of their royal reign. Sally Stanton Rubsamen, 65 years; Joan Culver Warren, 50 years; and Ann Martin Wortmann, 30 years.

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