November 25, 2016 by Petrea
This photo, taken on Colorado Blvd. about 5 years ago, is not a typical view of Old Pasadena in late November. You don’t usually see a lot of fancy cars lined up. Also, Old Pasadena is a shopping district, and starting today it’s going to be packed.
Pasadena’s holiday season is always jumping. There’s the shopping, of course. Then Hannukah and Christmas and Kwanzaa, then the Tournament of Roses Parade, which will be January 2nd this year. (Most years it’s the first, but if the first is a Sunday then we hold it on Monday, a tradition from the early 20th century that allows all good citizens to go to church.) Parade bleachers already loom high over the corner of Colorado Blvd. and Orange Grove at the Norton Simon Museum. More bleachers are going up right now along the parade route.
I’m not a lover of crowds, so now is my time to hunker down. I’m like a bear. Others are out having a good time in the brisk air (it’s brisk for us, anyway) and I’m in my cave, looking at my desktop map, trying to figure out how to get around the heaviest traffic to go find something to eat.
This is not a complaint. It’s kind of fun.
The streets will be deserted once again during the Rose Bowl Game. It’s one of my favorite times of year to venture out.