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Flowers and Sunshine Greet Thousands for 129th Rose Parade

  • Associated Press

FILE - Rose Queen Victoria Castellanos waves to the crowd at the 128th Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif., Jan. 2, 2017.

The roses are ready, and the skies will be blue in Southern California on New Year's Day.

Only a few clouds are expected in Pasadena as the city celebrates the 129th Rose Parade, and temperatures are expected to reach a high of the mid-70s.

Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to line a street to watch floats decked out with hundreds of thousands of flowers.

It has rained on the Rose Parade only once in the past 67 years — that was in 2006 — and it has never been canceled because of weather.

Actor Gary Sinise is this year's grand marshal.

Spectators started lining the 3.5-mile (5.6-kilometer) route on Sunday, many of them camping overnight to watch the floats that will start drifting by in the morning.

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