Crowds head out for 80th Rose Festival Parade

Crowds head out for 80th Rose Festival Parade

TYLER (KYTX) - The cool weather didn't stop the 80th Rose Parade. Crowds of people sat on the sidelines to watch the show. 

There were plenty bands, cheerleaders, motorcycles and of course pretty big dresses at the "Raindrops on Roses" Rose Parade Saturday.

Three year old Lilyann Chiarizo was more interested in something else.

"I wanted there to be candy."

Her basket to collect candy sadly stayed empty, but there was one thing she did enjoy.

"I like the unicycles."

Loud and quirky parades are always fun for the kids.

"I liked the funny part when that clown was in that bathtub, said 3-year old Rodney Curry.

His sister Trinity Curry when asked what she thought of the costumes said, " I think they're really pretty."

Sprinkled in the crowd were adults like Jenny Hampton and her dog zero.

"It's pretty cold but yeah we've done the rose festival since I was a little kid." 

Tyler grandmother Sondra Ramsour is sort of like the parade guru.

"I make as many of the parades in the area as I can. I really enjoy them."

While many parade goers were content sitting in their seats, just watching, Ramsour likes to be a part of the celebrations.

"I like to cheer them on. Like on cold windy days, and the people are out there in their little outfits and smiling going down we need to be cheering them on," she said.

The cheering and dancing Rose Festival crowd gives a huge boost to the Tyler economy. Last year, nearly $2.5 million were raised during the Rose Season.



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