Live Phone Interview with South Pasadena Rose Parade Float Operator/Animator Joss Rogers (James Jontz driving) as they are finally able to continue down the parade route after route was blocked by the broken-down Chinese American Heritage Foundation ‘Two Trains’ Float:
11:14 am: Joss Rogers: “We are just about to PCC I think. They took the Boy Scout float out from in front of us and now we’re going at kind of double-speed right now… all the stands are empty and most of the people have left…”
“The song we chose [for the float] could not be a more appropriate song for the circumstance: ‘Don’t worry, everythings ‘gonna be alright'”
“A lot of the people we are passing are standing up…. I’m looking at a bleacher right now and there are about 6 people on the entire bleacher and they’re all huddled together dancing in the stands cheering for us…”
“There’s something about South Pasadena being the underdog in the situation is pretty cool…”
“They just parked the broken down float off to the side… Even when the cameras did pick us up there’s gonna be a giant two locomotives [the broken down float] sitting right beside us… it’s kind of a bummer…”
“Everybody’s rooting for us though… it’s kind of neat…”
The South Pasadena Float functioned well, and was able to make to the the end after parade route was cleared according to reports from the South Pasadena Tournament of Roses.