Pre-New Year's Fun

Pre-New Year's Fun

Rose Parade entrants entertain fans at Equestfest and Bandfest 

By Carl Kozlowski 12/26/2013

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It’s hard to imagine a more fun-filled American city than Pasadena at this time of year, with the Rose Parade, the Rose Bowl college football game, and on Jan. 6 the 16th and final Bowl Championship Series (BCS) game, this year to be played by the Florida State Seminoles and the Auburn University Tigers.

But believe it or not, there’s more.

Equestfest hits the Los Angeles Equestrian Center in Burbank on Sunday and Bandfest takes over Pasadena City College’s Robinson Stadium on Sunday and Monday. 

Spotlighting many of the units participating in the Rose Parade, Equestfest is the perfect place to take horse lovers in the family. Participants will see trick riding and roping, as well as be able to visit the stables, talk to riders and learn about the various breeds involved in this year’s parade. 

The highlight of it all is a two-hour show beginning at “High Noon” in the Equidome, rain or shine. And to make sure no one winds up wiped out by all the activity, there’s a vendor court for food and crafts, as well as a Budweiser Beer Garden for those wishing to pay tribute to the Clydesdales return to the Rose Parade after a year’s absence.

The Budweiser Clydesdales will be making their 58th appearance in the Rose Parade, but this will be the first year they will not be pulling a float. This year, they are considered an equestrian unit and part of the Tournament of Roses president’s parade entry, with President R. Scott Jenkins and his wife and family sitting atop the 1903 Studebaker-built beer wagon pulled by the Clydesdales.

Sixteen units are taking part in Equestfest, including the All American Cowgirl Chicks, Calizona Appaloosa Horse Club, Hermanos Banuelos Charro Team, Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament, The New Buffalo Soldiers and the Tournament President and the Budweiser Clydesdales. Jann Carl and Kevin Frazier will serve as Equestfest announcers. 

For those who are more musically minded, Bandfest brings some of the nation’s best marching bands together in three separate phases. 

The fun kicks off with Bandfest I at 2 p.m. Sunday, which will feature the Pasadena City College Tournament of Roses Honor Band and Herald Trumpets, the Glendora Tartan Band and Pageantry, St. Augustine’s High School Marching “100” from New Orleans, the Hawaii All State Marching Band, Rosemount High School Marching Band from Rosemount, Minn., and the Banda de Musica Herberto Lopez Colegio from Panama. 

Bandfest II kicks off at 10 a.m. Saturday and features the same PCC band, plus the Colony High School Knights Marching Band from Palmer, Alaska; the Liberty High School Grenadier Band from Bethlehem, Pa., and the Claudia Taylor “Lady Bird” Johnson High School Marching Band from San Antonio, Texas. The Dobyns-Bennett High School Marching Indian Band from Kingsport, Tenn. and the Carmel High School  “Marching Greyhounds” from Carmel, Ind., round out the lineup. 

Finally, Bandfest III takes place from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Monday, with a stellar lineup featuring the LAUSD All District High School Honor Band, the Westfield High School Marching Bulldogs from Chantilly, Va., the Nagoya Minami High School Green Band from Nagoya, Japan, the McQueen High School Lancer Marching Band from Reno, Nev., and the Homewood Patriots Band from Homewood, Ala. 

Equestfest will take place at 11 a.m. Sunday at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center, 480 Riverside Drive, Burbank. Tickets are $15 general admission, $35 box seats and free for children five and under and may be purchased at 10 a.m. on event day or by visiting 

Bandfest takes place Sunday and Monday at Robinson Stadium on the campus of Pasadena City College, 1570 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. Admission is $15. Call (626) 585-7123 or visit n 


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