It’s New Year’s Day but it doesn’t feel like New Year’s Day because there was no Tournament of Roses Parade this morning. Because the holiday falls on a Sunday, the parade (and the Rose Bowl football game) have been moved to tomorrow, in accordance with long standing tradition. I normally get up early on New Year’s Day to watch the parade live on TV but this year I got to sleep in. Now tomorrow is going to feel like New Year’s Day … as if I wasn’t already mixed up about what day it is because of being on Winter Break!
I do enjoy seeing the floats in the Rose Parade, but my favorite part is the equestrian units. Of course, they never show them long enough for my taste (I could certainly do with less marching band coverage) but it’s not often you get to see horses on TV so I take what I can get. I always watch the KTLA coverage with Bob Eubanks and Stephanie Edwards because Bob knows horses and always makes sure to comment on the equestrian units.
Other than watching the parade, I really don’t have any New Year’s traditions. Some years I don’t even stay up until midnight to watch the ball drop in Times Square, although I did last night — mainly because I was pinned to the couch by a very happy, very heavy cat named Harry who has suddenly decided after almost 9 years of life that he is a lap cat.