Have you ever wondered about the post-parade? What happens at the end of the of the Rose Parade? All those bands, floats, and equestrian units have to go somewhere. They head north toward Pasadena High School. The old hospital (the former St Luke Medical Center) on Washington is the parking area for the horse trailers. This entire area is closed unless you are a resident. Lucky I was with one!
Post-parade Break time
The parade is almost six miles, and it starts early in the morning of New Year’s Day. I arrived at the hospital around 11:00, when the horses were getting a much-needed rest at the end of a long day.
All the animals were ready for a break. The handlers quickly removed tack and started feeding and brushing them. These two didn’t wast time before they tucked into lunch.
While the horses rested, my daughter and I wandered down the street and came across the Calgary Stampede Showriders. They were taking up the entire street and giving the residents a mini-parade.
The Big Horse Vans
In addition to the various riders, we also visited the big outfits like Wells Fargo and Budweiser. Parked along with the familiar big red trucks was this horse van for the US Army.
I don’t know if this man is really talking to the horse, but they do seem to be having a post-parade moment. For that matter, I don’t know if they’re heading to the same place! I just like the pose.
The Wells Fargo Stagecoach came down Washington, and people quickly gathered around it. I managed to get one quick photo of the driver.
The sunglasses surprised me. They took away some of the romance of the Old West. Then again, he was driving east on Colorado all morning. The sun must have been fierce. The crew unhitched the horses and the crew set to work removing the flowers. They gave away the extra stems, a nice souvenir for the passersby to take home.
What story isn’t complete without some of my tips?
- The northeast corner of Pasadena is pretty much shut down to all but residents during New Year’s Day. Take public transportation.
- Be prepared to walk to the area on Washington. You won’t find parking anywhere near the horses.
- Be respectful of the teams. They work hard and derserve some rest.
- We stayed on the sidewalk and let the handlers deal with the horses.
As always, if you want to see more photos of the post-parade activities, please click here.