The 2014 Rose Parade this morning brought a number of beautiful floats, sunny skies, and also a reminder that this entire event is probably a florist’s worst nightmare. The moment that we first heard that there are some floats in here that cost upward of $80,000, we wanted to faint.
However, there was also another reason to watch in Los Angeles if you are a major fan of the Dodgers: The appearance of Vin Scully as this year’s Grand Marshall. If you live outside of California, odds are that you may not be that familiar at all with who Scully is. However, he is one of the biggest legends in sports broadcasting ever. He has spent more than six decades working with the organization as the announcer, and is one of the most-famous voices in the history of sports. To us, one of the biggest shocks is that it took this long for Scully to be brought in to help marshall this California institution.
In addition to the millions of people watching this parade all around the world (which serves as a precursor to the big Rose Bowl football game), there are more than 700,000 people in attendance in the Pasadena area to watch the entire thing unfold live over the course of the five-plus mile parade route. This year, the Rose Bowl is going to be between the Stanford Cardinals and the Michigan State Spartans, two of the best teams in the entire country.
As for when Scully will be back for some more Dodger games, think along the lines of this spring. While there have been rumors for a long time regarding whether or not he would retire, none of it has been confirmed for the time being.
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