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His resistance finally floundered and the inimitable Vin Scully agreed to ride as Grand Marshal in Wednesday’s Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena. The Los Angeles Dodgers broadcaster has a glorious reputation recognized by baseball fans everywhere. Yet we are constantly surprised by how many of our private Los Angeles tour guests know of him, especially those from outside the U.S. This can’t just be the internet. Our foreign guests arrive with great curiosity and background knowledge about our American summertime sport. We take them by (or over in a helicopter) Dodger Stadium in Chavez Ravine and inevitably mention the great voice of the team (64 years and counting, longest in baseball). We are proud that Vin has finally accepted the honor of riding first in the parade. All he has to do is smile and wave. He can leave the play-by-play announcing to other voices.
If this event is not on your bucket list, well, it should be. Today you have a chance to cross it off. This parade (a term used loosely to describe what happens) has been amusing and delighting audiences since 1978 and every year is either the last or the best Doo Dah parade ever. Beginning at 11 a.m. (possibly, perhaps, maybe) the 2013 Occasional Pasadena Doo Dah Parade will move in fits and starts along its Colorado Boulevard route. According to the parade’s website you will get to see Flying Baby Hammer, A Moveable Feast (based on a Hemingway novel), Ace Ketchum-Professional Vampire Fisherman, The Great Firewall of China, The LOH Down on Science (featuring NPR personality Sandra Tsing Loh), Suffer Jet-Set Planet for David Bowie, Camp Bimbo, Worlds Tallest Girl Scout, Jiffy Pop! Happy Howard’s Harlequin, The Bearded Ladies, Long Beach Ukelele Club, Johnny Skunkmobile, Fashion on the Fly, Drunk in the Garage Band, Zombie Training Camp, Arrow Sign Spinners, and The Army of Toy Soldiers.
But that’s not all!
If you act now you will also receive a fleet of motorized Kinetic Pastry Science Mobile Muffins, Captain MacHogwash’s Amazing Chundra, the world’s final appearance of robotic spitting cat named Boo-Boo Kitty, Senior Graucho, Mile High Bed, Yippie Hippie Sixties, Million Marijuana March, The Billionaires, Sloppy Swishers, Whistling Diva Champion, Amnesty International, Blues Brothers Tribute, L.A. Derby Dolls, Pizza Oven Art Car, Vegetables of Laguna Beach, classic, scary clowns, BBQ & Hibachi Marching Grill Team, Bus Target, Howdy Krishna, Horses on Astroturf, and the immortal Doo Dah house band Snotty Scotty & the Hankies, and much more!
It’s a free gift that keeps on giving. Our private Los Angeles tour guides will have numerous requests to either find parking for our visitors or just drive in the parade (Celebrity Homes Stealth Vans). It’s too much fun for words so see it for yourself — and believe!
Throughtout the country today we should be reflecting on the profound influence Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. had on our society and culture and be thankful he arose when he did. Besides being throughtful we should also be joyous and celebrate the memory of this great American. Here in Los Angeles we have daily reminders of MLK — a boulevard, a hospital, schools and parks — named to remind us of his efforts to promote equality in our democratic nation. The photo at left is the space shuttle Endeavour making its way through the center of Los Angeles on Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard on its way to a new home at the California Science Center in Exposition Park.
To enjoy the festivities today we are suggesting to our private luxury tour guests visiting Los Angeles that we drive over to Leimert Park Village where music, food and crafts will be abundant and where a parade will be held in celebration of Martin Luther King Day.