The South Pasadena annual July 4th parade is called the ‘Festival of Balloons’ and this year the theme was something about honoring Route 66 which ran right through South Pas.
The morning began with that All-American classic: the pancake breakfast at the local firehouse.
And while it was definitely a small town event, there wasn’t even a queen or a princess or a Statue of Liberty riding on a float, although I saw one ‘Uncle Sam’ walking by.
Instead it was dozens upon dozens of Boy and Girl Scout troops and a lot of politicians riding in antique cars. Only one mounted group of riders were in the parade. From the nearby Arroyo Seco stables, they brought up the end.