Pasadena paradise continues to impress

By Brittany Snow

Staff Writer

 

  “In New York, people are buried in the snow. Here our flowers are blooming and our oranges are about to bear. Let’s hold a festival to tell the world about our paradise,” proposed Professor Charles F. Holder during a Pasadena Valley Hunt Club meeting in early 1890.

  This celebration continued for decades and now, the Rose Parade is an annual tradition. This tradition, enjoyed by many, improves each year as the planning committees find new ways to top the previous year’s show. Continue reading

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Magic behind parade floats, creating stars of the show

 

By Jannelle Dang

Features Editor

 

  As a new year of change and opportunities approaches, old traditions like the Rose Parade will be there to help usher in 2018. The celebration brings families and friends together, but its magic would not be the same without the intricate, creative floats that make their procession down Colorado Boulevard every year.

  The theme of the 129th Rose Parade is “Making a Difference.” From hundreds of applications, the Tournament of Roses Executive Committee selected 39 organizations that get to sponsor and design a float in the parade. Each company chose one float builder to collaborate with and bring their vision to life. The four float builders for this year’s event are Artistic Entertainment Services, Fiesta Parade Floats, Paradiso Parade Floats, and Phoenix Decorating Company. Continue reading

Unsung heroes of Rose Parade

 

By Annie Phun

Sports Editor

 

  While most people would be spending Jan. 1 with friends and family, a special group chooses to ring in the new year by collecting horse debris at the Rose Parade. They proudly call themselves the Pooper Scoopers, a name that derives from the task required of them.

  Open to everyone above the age of 15, this job requires volunteers to wake up before dawn in order to suit up in their white overalls and arm themselves with brooms and shovels. Split into groups of two or three, the manure management team keeps a close eye on the television corner and follows after the equestrian units in the parade, ready to spring into action whenever a horse defecates. Continue reading

Holiday Gift Guide

By Ethan Tan

Staff Writer

 

Brother: Brothers are always misplacing their items and placing the blame on others. To prevent that from happening, gift him a set of Bluetooth trackers at only $25. These trackers are easily attached or placed inside commonly misplaced items like wallets or keys. When activated by an app on his phone, he will exactly know where his items are. Continue reading

Jackalope Festival brings art, family fun to Pasadena

By Jannelle Dang

Features Editor

 

  Art enthusiasts, dog-owners, and families gathered for the Jackalope Art and Craft Fair on Nov. 18-19 to browse indie artisan crafts, try organic foods, and enjoy the afternoon in Old Pasadena’s Central Park.

  Admission was free and guests could explore over 200 vendors booths, which sold wares ranging from home decor and paper goods to jewelry and skin care items. All products were original, hand-crafted pieces made by vendors who applied to participate in the festival, and were approved by a jury of curators and artists. Continue reading

Mueller probes election

By Ethan Tan

Staff Writer

 

  On Oct. 30, Robert Mueller, special counsel for the Department of Justice (DOJ) in the investigation for Russian interference in the 2016 Presidential election, filed charges in United States District Court against President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, and his business partner, Rick Gates, and Trump’s former foreign policy adviser, George Papadopoulos. Continue reading