There’s more to the Rose Parade than stunning flower-covered floats, gorgeous horses and costumed riders, and blow-me-away marching bands. There are the between-the-entries denizens and after-partiers. This article is devoted to those in the 2015 Rose Parade: pooper scoopers, streamer cleaners, and protesters. The photos in the slideshow pretty much say it all, but here’s a little text to while away the time before you click.
In true Tournament of Roses fashion, the association is dedicated to not only putting on an amazing parade, they make sure the route stays neat and clean. This writer marched in any a parade as a high schooler, and none of them had even one pooper scooper that cleaned up behind the horses. We marched right through it and cleaned our boots later. The Rose Parade has a regiment. They sweep up the manure as soon as the horses pass and before the next float rolls by, and dutifully deposit it in a rolling trash can.
If the pooper scoopers make it nicer for the float riders and outwalkers and the thousands of marching band members, the streamer cleaners do a service for the horses. They pick up the streamers that shoot out of some of the floats, which, being made of less destructible material than ordinary party streamers, could get entangled around the equines’ legs.
Following the parade were the usual protestors and icons, Rich Uncle Pennybags, the fracking flame and US Constitution. New this year was a banner calling attention to shootings of black men by police. Numbers have dropped since the high in 2012, when Occupy Rose Parade had hundreds of people marching. There were also no in-parade protesters, such as PETA in 2014.
Noteworthy as well is the fantastic job the Tournament and the City of Pasadena does after the parade. People leave everything from gum wrappers to 10-foot sofas on the parade route, and cleanup begins almost as soon as the last protestor or parade-follower is off the street. By the next morning, it’s almost as if there was never a parade—except, of course, for the grandstands still lining the boulevard.
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