I had to go to rehearsal on NYE to practice the music with the dancers and meet the whole crew. Her boss Ron is a super cool guy and runs Miziker Entertainment Group. I got to chat with him a lot during rehearsal cuz he was riding in the makeshift float with me (a pickup truck) and leading from the mic strapped to the speaker I was running. He was the man who developed the concept for the Electric Parade at Disneyland!!! =O
The rehearsal went well and I even got to sneak a peek at the float to test out the music. Of course the music that we rehearsed with was different than the music that was uploaded on the flaot, but we made due and everything turned out for the best by the end.Ron and I early New Year's Day.
I partied (lightly) on New Year's Eve and went to sleep around 1am to reluctantly get up at 4:30am. We arrived in Pasadena around 6am and even though it was pitch dark, people were already around taking pictures and checking out the floats lined up on the streets. It was hard being up that early, but by the time the sun started peeking out (and finally getting warmer!) it was tolerable.
The actual ride in the float was probably not as exciting as one would think. Thankfully it was big enough for several of us to fit and stand in, etc. Rudy was my sound technician (and he was a life saver!). I got to meet Mr. Box himself (he also does all the commercials)!! A very funny man named Jack (really, that's his name) and I got to see how they put on the whole round head thing. There were two drivers, or rather, Guy was in the front steering and Jack was in the back with the brakes and no view. Scary, huh?
The satellite float. One guy drove this one on his own.
Here's the whole crazy ensemble!
But our float must have done really well because it won for Extraordinary float, which is one of the Top 3 awards to receive at the Rose Parade. And even though I couldn't see it, every time Jack went up to dance on the float, the crowds cheered and yelled and I'm sure they were dancing and singing along, so that was pretty fun. I heard we were one of the best floats in the parade because we had the dancers, Jack, a juggler, and a brass band playing with disco music running through the entire parade. Quite a production!
The float crew and I with Mr. Box.
I'm in here!