Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Day 3 (January 1, 2010)
The day of the Tournament of Roses Parade had finally arrived! Only a few short hours after ringing in the New Year, it was time to eat breakfast and line up with the other parade participants. Because we were near the end of the line of floats, we waited for quite some time even after the parade began, but before I knew it, the parade was underway. Literally, thousands of people lined the streets. Each of them cheered and shouted words of admiration for the float and all of the representatives. The first four miles went by very quickly. We walked, smiled, and waved as we enjoyed seeing all of the spectators and other parade entries. The fifth mile became more difficult as the heat, lack of sleep, and blisters on my feet began to catch up to me. Thankfully, the crowd was excited enough to keep us pumped up throughout the last two miles. Even hours after the parade had ended, I was still smiling. Not only did I have a great time walking in the Rose Parade, but the RFD/FFA float helped the entire country to see the importance of agriculture and the National FFA Organization. Then, as if RFD-TV was not already generous enough, they also bought tickets for all of us to attend the Rose Bowl game. What an exciting experience?! Although I am fairly neutral when it comes to Ohio State and the University of Oregon, I decided to cheer on the Buckeyes. It turned out to be the right decision as the Ohio State Buckeyes as they claimed the Rose Bowl Trophy. Walking in a parade viewed by millions and attending one of the most widely recognized football games certainly made for an eventful day that I will never forget.