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More Raven – yay!
Today, pictures from valued commenter raven.
My first batch submission had shots of the Rose Parade as well as some other LA stuff but people seem to be more interested in the parade so that’s what I’ll post.
Mini Therapy Horses
Taken on 2018-01-01
Rose Parade, Pasadena
So Cal Mini Horse Sanctuary’s primary focus is the rescue, rehabilitation, and re-homing miniature horses. We are a place of refuge, a place of rest, a place of love. So Cal Mini Horse Sanctuary and its’ amazing Rescue Angels are proud to represent the best breed on the planet RESCUES.
Lions Club “Preserving Our Environment float.
Wells Fargo Stagecoaches
Another screen cap but I wanted to show the Wells Fargo Stagecoaches. I was surprised that this information wasn’t included in the program but, since they saved the horse here in Athens at the UGA Vet School I thought it was worth showing. “PASADENA, Calif. — The Bulldogs won’t be the only team of Georgians celebrating a comeback to prominence in Pasadena on New Year’s Day.
Six hours before Georgia and Oklahoma kick off in the Rose Bowl on Monday, a team of six Belgian horses from Milledgeville, Ga., will lead the first of three Wells Fargo stagecoaches in the 129th Rose Parade down Orange Grove and Colorado boulevards.
The lead quarterhorse – or as owner David Helmuth calls him the “quarterback” – is a UGA comeback story as big as Nick Chubb from knee surgery.
Rusty, a 10-year-old Belgian, broke his leg when he was kicked in the shin by another horse before pulling the carriage in the 2014 St. Patrick’s Day parade in Savannah. What seemed like just a swollen leg at the time proved to be life-threatening.
Rose Bowl latest in long list of Uga firsts
Helmuth took Rusty to the UGA Veterinary Teaching Hospital, where it was determined that surgery was the only hope with no guarantee that Rusty would ever be sound enough to bear weight on his leg again.
“Initially we probably would have given him about a 50-50 chance because of the size of the horse, the location of the wound and the severity of the lameness,” Eric Mueller, chief medical officer of the veterinary teaching hospital at UGA, told UGA Today.
Helmuth elected to try the surgery, and three years later Rusty is healthy enough to lead the six-horse team down the 5.5-mile route flanked by tens of thousands of grandstand seating along to parade route and televised live by both ABC and NBC
Kaiser Permanente Community Garden Float
This is the UPS “Books Bring Dreams to Life” float. Some of you know I ended up buying three sets of seats for the parade before I figured out which were the ones I needed. One set was shipped UPS from Pasadena and never came. I ended up getting a replacement set overnighted (by Fed Ex) but it was ironic that this float broke down right in front of us and had to be towed! Bonus shot here is that the LA Forum float with Earth Wind and Fire is the next float in the picture!
The Legend of the Dragon Gate is a reminder that even though our journeys can be difficult and painful we can rise above adversity.
Donate Life Rose Parade float is the centerpiece of a national effort of more than 50 organizations to reach a broad audience with the simple, life-giving message that organ, eye and tissue donation saves and heals lives. This exquisite entry takes parade viewers deep into the jungles of Mexico. Colorful macaws perch on flowering branches, gazing down at ancient fountains and Monarch butterflies. One of the birds playfully hangs upside down. The focal point of the float is a magnificent Aztec calendar representing the passage of time. The calendar has been modified to incorporate 44 memorial portraits of organ and tissue donors.
Thank you so much raven, do send us more when you can.
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