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Rose Parade float viewing brings fantasy to life

January 3, 2012 12:00:00 AM PST
From prehistoric dinosaurs to pigs that can fly, the 44 flowery floats transported a nationwide audience to a colorful fantasy world during the 123rd annual Rose Parade on Monday.

That fantasy became a reality for people who ventured out Tuesday to witness the beautiful creations, displayed up close and personal on Sierra Madre and Washington Boulevards.

Jonas Merchan, 4, and his family took in the beauty of the elaborate floats.

"Its really special for them," said Merchan's father, William. "My son likes the dinosaurs, my daughter likes the butterflies and it was really nice for them to come out this morning," he said, adding that he also enjoyed the dinosaur float.

They're not alone. The Jurassic float was a big a hit on the parade route.

"I wanted to see the dinosaurs because they mentioned there were Brussels sprouts to create the spine and some of the detail, and I thought this would be something fun to come out and see," said South Pasadena resident Marlan Clark.

And since we don't have smell-o-vision, this is the best way to awaken your senses to the fresh smell of flowers.

"You can see everything and smell and it smells very nice here," said young float viewer Maria Campos.

The sights and smells of the world-famous Rose Parade floats will be showcased until 5 p.m., meaning there is still time to enjoy the fantasy.

Tickets are $10, and children under the age of 5 are free. Ticket sales end at 3 p.m.

See photos of the 123rd annual Rose Parade in Pasadena.