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AN AMERICAN ALBUM: Floral Beauty, Rousing Bands, and Free Speech Embellish the 119th Tournament of Roses Parade

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What can be more American than seeing the Tournament of Roses Parade, an American tradition since 1890? It’s come a long way, baby, since the first few decorated horses and buggies. The 2008 parade provided an optimistic beginning for the New Year, with its phenomenal artisanship, mechanical creativity, and exotic floral beauty.



Rousing marching bands, stunning horses, cowboys and cowgirls, and patriotic displays of Constitutionally guaranteed free speech, were all enhanced by the sense of freedom and expansion in the theme, "Passport to the World's Celebrations."


One blogger wrote that she was “thrilled to see impeachment and other political banners, reminding us of our duty to preserve our democracy…(and) thought they fit nicely with the parade's melting pot theme that reminded all of us that the U.S. is an important part of a huge global community.”



Pre- and post-parade activities included the famed Backbone Campaign’s bobble heads: “Chain-ey” gang caricatures of George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, and Condoleeza Rice adorned in prison garb, complete with balls and chains.


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Meryl Ann Butler is an artist, author, educator and OpedNews Managing Editor who has been actively engaged in utilizing the arts as stepping-stones toward joy-filled wellbeing since she was a hippie. She began writing for OpEdNews in Feb, 2004. She became a Senior Editor in August 2012 and Managing Editor in January, (more...)

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