Saturday, January 2, 2016

If You Don't Go To The Rose Parade In Person And Only Watch Ken & Barbie "Live" TV Broadcasts You Miss A Lot


The Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade is a fascinating thing to see if you go and attend in person. But on TV it can seem like watching a Proctor & Gamble dishwashing detergent demonstration. Just about as bland and dull as anything can possibly get. At least in my opinion. Of course, I haven't seen the parade on TV in years since the missus and I always go down there to take it all in live. We love it.

Trust me, it is a grittier and way less vanilla experience when you witness everything in person. And quite often some of the most interesting things that happen at the Rose Parade are entirely scrubbed from those "live" TV broadcasts. Orwell style, like they never happened and you didn't need to know anything anyway.

Below are three examples I caught on my iPhone yesterday that, for whatever the reason, did not make it into the Ken & Barbie "live" Eyewitless News parade coverage. The first was an airborne assault on the presidential candidacy of Donald Trump, carried out by five small planes leaving sky-written messages such as this:


The next to get left out in the cold was a rather spirited and chaotic Bernie Sanders for President demonstration, tacked on at the very end of the parade.


The third was the Pasadena Lutheran Church float, featuring someone who looked a whole lot like the rock star lead from Jesus Christ Superstar. The gasps from the crowd as this float went by were palpable and real, but the Lutherans got precious little Ken & Barbie television love. Go figure. Plus the Lutherans were also stuck near the very end of the parade. Only Bernie Sanders and some folks on horses came later.


It isn't like these three examples given the Eyewitless Airbrush have too much in common, right? So what exactly is the local TV news criteria for ignoring important events and institutions in their live Tournament of Roses Parade coverage?

Sierra Madre wins again! I did get several pictures of the Sierra Madre float. This shot is my favorite. Congratulations to all those great folks for yet another award winning year! A remarkable achievement that never stops.


Yeah, these two birds are digging it. And why shouldn't they?

Would you believe a Republican real estate developer was behind the air assault on Donald Trump? That is the story making the rounds today. This from CBS News:


Politics in 2016 is being taken to a whole new level. The skies. You can read the rest of this revealing CBS News article by clicking here

All that said, you really should have been there. You missed a lot.

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23 comments:

  1. From the CBS News article:
    "The Rose Bowl has become an unexpected political hotbed - somewhat because of one of the game's participants hailing from an early nominating state. The super PAC supporting former Florida governor Jeb Bush's presidential campaign, Right To Rise USA, descended on Pasadena to set up a tent at an Iowa Hawkeye tailgate party. On Thursday, during the pre-Rose Bowl party aboard the USS Iowa, organizers handed out "Hawkeyes for Jeb" cozies and stickers to Iowa fans. The super PAC event had a custom Snapchat filter that displayed the same message. Democratic front-runner, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and Rubio all will run commercials during the game on ESPN."

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  2. So the skywriting was actually done for the folks back in Iowa?

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  3. Wouldn't it have been nice to set politics aside, at least for a few hours, yesterday?

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    1. It was a little taste of what it must be like in states that hold presidential primaries that actually count for something.

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    2. Beg to differ 6:21. It was an American protest at an iconic American gathering. Excellent.

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    3. I wonder how the Tournament of Roses head honchos are going to try and deal with this. Declare the future parades have restricted airspace?

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    4. I thought this year's parade was under some kind of special security alert. How could planes be flying over it at will if that was the case?

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  4. All because the man wants to MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!

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    1. You mean the *** billionaire? I think it is funny but also very disturbing th a t this could happen

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    2. The hinges are coming off the GOP.

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  5. 2016 is going to be quite a year.

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  6. Am I to assume this is in retaliation for those bought and paid for candidates are fading in public option poles? Bring back America!

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  7. Obviously Jesus had been to the beauty parlor.

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  8. The wig on Jesus was really bad! Politics really should have no place in the Rose Parade. It just seems wrong somehow. It was good to see that both Duarte and Sierra Madre one awards for totally volunteer efforts. Frankly, the whole parade should be that way instead of a competition between corporate powers. I spent many years taking my kids to the parade. We camped out, enjoyed the festivities and the constant array of people passing by. It was great. I am now too old to do that! Way too cold for me, now! But the parade should be seen in person to really see how well it has been managed over the years. The floats are spectacular in person as are the horses and the bands.

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    1. It won't be political next year. No presidential race.

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    2. Focus, please. Free speech is still allowed (somewhat).

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    3. The problem a lot of people have with free speech is finding someone to pay attention. Some people even have to hire 5 airplanes to get heard.

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    4. What about the time there was a protest against China?

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    5. That poor guy representing "Jesus" looks more like a pitch for trans equality, aka Caitlyn Jenner

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  9. I'm glad the politicos were ignored by the media. The parade is not the time or place for their rap.

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    1. It wasn't meant for us anyway. It was for all those people in Iowa watching the game.

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  10. According to ABC News the Rose Bowl drew its lowest TV ratings ever yesterday.

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    1. Not lower than the first 40 something Rose Bowls. ;)

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