On Saturday morning before the Texas Rose Parade, Brittany Pintsch kept a watchful eye on her young charges — a group of gymnasts and cheerleaders from Full Out Athletics All Star Cheer and Tumbling.
They girls, dressed in bows and colorful outfits, chatted excitedly among themselves as they prepared to take their place in the parade line.
“I love the parade and the joy of the crowd, and the girls love being waved at,” Ms. Pintsch said of the girls, ages 3 to 7.
The Tyler native said she had been coming to the Rose Parade since she was small child, and that she loved it.
Around the corner, in front of the Cotton Belt building, Joe Young sat with his family in portable chairs as they waited for the parade to start.
“My favorite part of the parade is the marching bands — I played the trombone when I went to Trinity Valley Community College,” the deputy director of Henderson County Juvenile Services said.
Although the skies threatened rain early in the day, by the time the first floats and marching bands made their way down Front Street at 9 a.m., the clouds parted and the sun came out. There were more than 100 floats and groups participating in the 80th annual Texas Rose parade, including the Shriners driving their miniature cars, Smith County and city of Tyler officials, and numerous school bands and nonprofit groups.
Tyler native Cassandra Swanson, who also was camped out in front of the Cotton Belt building with her young niece and sister-in-law said one of her favorite parts of the annual parade are the floats — but she loves the bands too.
“I played clarinet in the Robert E. Lee High School marching band.” But her young niece Khloe had a different opinion. “I like the guys in the short cars,” she said referring to the Shriners Motor Corps.
And the duchesses and Rose Queen Rachel Vanderpool Clyde looked resplendent in the sparkling dresses as little girls called to them saying “hello princess, hello!”
Stiltwalkers, who towered high above the crowds, along with members of the Dallas Unicycle Club and XPogo, a team of Pogo stick athletes, helped to complete the entertainment.