The sunshine is brilliant. The floats are gorgeous. The bands are in tune and the horses are behaving.
If this spectacle was created as a way to sell Southern California to the rest of the country, it’s doing a good job. Maybe too good.
If there have been any glitches, we have yet to see them.
Not to be a downer, but mishaps in the parade’s 126-year history have ranged from minor to cataclysmic.
There was the year, for example, that a Michigan high school marching band was deprived of its moment of fame when television cameras cut away from the band to cover a minor float fire. That was considered a local tragedy.
In 2012, a Palomino horse threw a rider next to spectators.
In 1988, a mechanic was crushed by a float, and four spectators were injured by a runaway horse.
But none of those hold a candle to 1926, the parade's most tragic year, when 12 people died in three separate accidents. A shoddily constructed grandstand collapsed, a woman fell from a building, killing herself and a spectator below, and an equestrian police officer died after his horse threw him, then trampled him.
-- Robin Abcarian