If you've lived in Southern CA for any length of time, it's likely that you've made your way to the Tournament of Roses, aka Rose Parade on Colorado Blvd. It's one of those things that we've done as a family now for almost 50 years.
Originally my parents would camp out among the other trailer people near Colorado and Sierra Madre. Eventually that lead to motorhome. Our tradition continued though the generations with (then) grandma & grandpa, now I'm the grandma and a few things have changed. It's not an ever year event, we do it every now and then, last time was 3 years ago. Plus, I someone prefer the hotel/motel reservations right on Colorado Blvd. instead of the motor-home. That is if you don't mind the 3-night minimum at scalper prices, but hey location, location, location, right? Even with that, we still need to stake out our section of concrete in advance so it becomes a block party for most.
Here are a few photos from 3 years ago, we're always right on the street with all the action including all night long on N.Y. Eve. We're always right behind the painted blue line, and there is NOTHING like a street view!
Attending the Rose Parade is quite an event. If you find yourself in SoCal check it out, it's a real treat!