Rose Parade 2019 : The idea came as they prepared to set up on the sidewalk, Christina Carreon, 54, said.She and her husband, Rudy Cervantes, of Whittier, arrived around 8:30 p.m. and were planning to set up under some bleachers when she noticed the view from their truck wasn’t too bad — they had a direct line of sight of the road where the floats will come by.


So as scores of campers set up air mattresses, hammocks, cots, or sleeping bags, the couple decided they could just squeeze their air mattress into the back of their pickup.Two-minute warning!” Jacob Botello hollered out as the last couple of minutes of 2018 came down.The crowd began to chant.

“Five, four, three, two …” Botello and his mother, Mary Botello, let off party poppers that filled the air with confetti with a loud pop as police cars driving down Colorado Blvd. sounded their sirens. People cheered and yelled “Happy New Year!” as more confetti blew into the streets.

At 11:10 p.m. Monday on the platform waiting for the train, Mark and Joan Mitchell stood out from other Metro passengers due to their multilayered jackets (him, four layers and her, six) and their camping chairs and bags.They drove from Santa Ana to Union Station and took the Gold Line from there.

“I could care less about roses and floats and parades, but you have to do it once,” Mark said. “It’s one of those bucket list items.”Gabriel Garcia, 34, has been coming to the Rose Parade with his family for as long as he can remember, but over the past four years, he’s spent the last day of the year cooking hot dogs and keeping nearby bar patrons well fed.

The sun was not even up when Garcia, of Pasadena, claimed a spot on the sidewalk between the bars on Colorado Blvd. at 5 a.m. Monday and set up his stand.Around 5 p.m., he started selling hot chocolate and hot dogs. By 10:30 p.m., the chilly wind wafted the smell of juicy hot dogs over to the line that formed outside a nearby bar.

Out on the sidewalk on Colorado Blvd., Ulises Reyes, 20, and his nephew, Isaac Mendoza, 14, held up signs as they competed to solicit honks from passing cars.“Honk once if I’m cute!” Reyes hollered, echoing the words on his sign.“Honk twice if I’m cuter!” Mendoza shouted, echoing his.

Cal Poly Pomona has taken pride in its Rose Float program since 1949, when one student, Don Miller, helped bootstrap the university’s first float in just 90 days with a couple hundred dollars.

Despite the praise the university has received for its Rose Parade float entries in the years since then, students continue working in an open-air warehouse built decades ago — less than ideal conditions for the painstaking work, officials say.

In October 2017, the university announced it would build a $3.7-million Rose Float Lab and Design Complex for its Rose Float program with private funding.