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Rose Bowl Floats Through Pasadena

January 3, 2000

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) _ The bands were gone, the lawn chairs packed away and the streets swept clean, but Tournament of Roses festivities still drew a crowd Sunday.

People traipsed through a Pasadena park all day Sunday for up-close views and to smell the New Year’s Day parade’s 54 all-natural floats.

Every inch of every float that coursed through the streets of Pasadena in the annual Rose Bowl parade before the big game Saturday was covered with fresh and dried flowers, seeds, vegetables and in some cases, even seaweed.

Many of the flowers from the floats were to be donated after the public viewing, officials said.

More than 100,000 people walked among the 2 1/2 miles of floats for a last glimpse on Sunday, said Dick Wheeler, administration captain for the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association’s post-parade area.

Pasadena police also released parade-related arrest totals through Sunday. Most of the 88 were misdemeanor alcohol-related offenses, many from the all-night party people held to get seats for the parade. One man was jailed Saturday after allegedly zapping a spectator with a stun gun in to get better seats for his family, Lt. Rick Aversano said.

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