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Strike Up the Band! : The 2015 Rose Parade Marching Bands

May 7, 2014

rose parade, band, marching band, paradeIn the ancient world of city-states military bands directed the movement of troops on the battlefield. As musicians became less strategic in battle, they moved into ceremonial roles and eventually gave birth to today’s modern marching band. You can still see much of the military tradition in the way bands wear uniforms, march in formation and call out instructions like “about face,” “attention” and “forward march.”

The Scenic Route

August 8, 2013

The Pacific Coast Highway skirts the coastline of California from Monterey to Big Sur. With cutbacks and dramatic “S” curves, this cliff-hugging route is one of the world’s most scenic drives. Designated an All-American Road, Highway 1 threads its way passed artist colonies and castles, all the way to Big Sur where the mountains plunge into the chilly waters of the Pacific. All along California’s picture-perfect coastline there is plenty to do and see.

Equestfest: The ‘Mane’ Event

December 12, 2012

If you’ll be ringing in the new year at the Tournament of Roses, there’s something besides parades and football that you won’t want to miss: Equestfest. For fans of the equestrian entires of the Rose Parade, this event allows you to get up close and personal with more than 300 of the parade’s four-legged stars. Dozens of equestrian groups will be on hand performing drills, trick riding, roping and precision dancing. Why there’s even jousting at this family-friendly event. You’ll be amazed as these spectacular creatures and their talented riders as they perform tricks straight out of the “wild west.” Take a stroll through the stables and get a close look at the horses in their paddocks. Take a moment to chat with the riders about the various types of tack and the many different breeds represented at the event. And if a show is what you’re looking for, don’t miss the mini horses and

The Rose Parade, with Grand Marshall Dr. Jane Goodall!

August 3, 2012

Each year the announcement of the Grand Marshall of the Rose Parade in Pasadena, California, is a highly anticipated event, and this year is no different. The tournament committee proudly selected as the Grand Marshall of the 2013 Tournament of Roses festivities – Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE, founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and UN Messenger of Peace. According to Marching.com, Dr. Goodall has been inspirational to the Tournament of Roses as that organization continues to seek opportunities to make the Rose Parade and Rose Bowl Game more sustainable. They have tried to find ways to improve waste management practices and inspire that change in those who participate in events surrounding the Tournament of Roses. This year’s theme will be “Oh, The Places You’ll Go,” inspired by the Dr. Seuss book – a celebration of accomplishment, discovery and travel – and equally valid as an implicit call to action. Tournament sponsors believe that Dr. Goodall’s life story is

Tournament House – Rose Parade Headquarters

June 22, 2012

The Rose Bowl Parade is a world famous yearly tradition in Pasadena, California, and the headquarters for that event is Tournament House. An imposing three story Renaissance mansion on 4 ½ acres, it is a fitting structure for the headquarters of such a prestigious event. The mansion was once owned by William Wrigley, Jr., the chewing gum magnate, and in 1958 Wrigley heirs presented the house to the City of Pasadena under the condition that it become the permanent base of operations for the Tournament of Roses. Tournament House serves as the majestic site for the highly anticipated announcements of the Grand Marshall, Queen and Royal Court each year. Later in the year the mansion is the temporary house of royalty, when the Queen of the Tournament of Roses and the Royal Court use the house for a dressing area before the parade. The five bedrooms of the second floor are also used for the numerous committee meetings that accompany the planning of the annual parade. There are displays of the Tournament of Roses history, the various Grand Marshalls, Presidents, Queens and Courts for the parade. Proudly displayed at the house is

Red Rocks of Sedona – Gorgeous Vistas, Healing Energy and Artists!

June 1, 2012

Quietly watch the sun set, illuminating a large sandstone bluff which mystically glows a brilliant orange, with only the song of a single bird in the distance. The quaint town of Sedona, Arizona is surrounded by Red Rocks that provide a stunning array of formations, a breathtaking backdrop for spiritual pursuits, hiking and artistry. Sedona has a spiritual allure because of local vortex sites. As the term was first coined in the 1980s, a vortex is an area of highly concentrated energies which are conducive to prayer, meditation and healing. The term vortex has taken hold because it helps to explain people’s experiences of well-being at sites around Sedona, such as Airport Mesa, which offers panoramic views of the area. Bell Rock, adjoining the Village of Oak Creek, has an easily identifiable bell-shape formation. Cathedral Rock, a massive sandstone tower topped by distinctive twin spires, is the most photographed Sedona vortex, and an excellent spot to tap into the sacred energy. Hiking is one of the best of Sedona, Arizona attractions,

In Sedona, Think Pink

May 31, 2012

[caption id="attachment_819" align="aligncenter" width="669" caption="*photo from pinkjeeptours.com"]Pink Jeep Tours[/caption] You’ll want to grab on tight to the handle above your head as the candy-colored vehicle scrambles down the Road of No Return. Perhaps you’ll clutch the knee of the person next to you as you plunge into the depths of the Diamondback Gulch or hold your breath as you snake through Sidewinder Trail. It’s all part of the exhilaration of Sedona’s legendary Pink Jeep Tours -- an off-road adventure that takes you through Arizona’s magnificent red rock outback. See the views from Chicken Point or explore the rock art of the 700-year-old Sinaguan cliff dwellings. Head off into the high desert terrain in search of geological wonder or explore Chimney Rock and Lizard Head. Whether you’re looking for a heart-pounding eco-adventure, a geological history lesson or a simply a glimpse of the panoramic views of the red rock landscape, you’ll find it on one of the three Pink Jeep itineraries. Before you go, you’ll want to consider a few tips

Rose Parade Tours – For an Exciting Los Angeles Experience!

March 30, 2012

The Rose Parade doesn’t just magically appear on New Year’s Day. But did you know that planning and work is already well underway for the Parade to take place on January 1, 2013? Float designers begin to plan the following year as soon as the Tournament of Roses Parade is over each year. Next year’s theme is announced in early January. General guidelines spur the imagination of float builders, and the work begins! A “theme draft” meeting is held in mid-February, where builders select their float theme, and the Tournament assures that there are not too many similar floats.

“Just Imagine…” Rose Parade Packages to Welcome in the New Year!

August 22, 2011

Ring in this New Year by living your travel resolution! The 123rd Pasadena Rose Parade takes place January 2, 2012 and YMT Vacations is offering four exciting Rose Parade packages which all include grand stand seating as well as an exclusive private Rose Parade float viewing before the parade! If you are looking for Rose Parade tours that include behind the scenes glimpses of float building and sightseeing in Los Angeles with extended tour packages that explore the coast of California, Las Vegas/Grand Canyon, or even the Mexican Riviera, check out the Rose Bowl Parade packages YMT Vacations has crafted to help you welcome in the New Year!  

The Wrigley Mansion Tournament House

August 11, 2011

When my kids were growing up, I never failed to have a pack of Wrigley’s spearmint gum in my purse. It got us through long-winded sermons, doctor’s office waiting rooms and the kind of scrapes that required a little more than a Band-Aid. The girls always knew their good behavior and patience would be rewarded when I pulled out that little green package.

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