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Joy Serves G*d in Joy as a passionate performing percussionist, poet, publisher, photographer, publicist, sound healer, spiritual guide, artist, gardener and Gemini. "Ivdu Et Hashem B'Simcha" -Psalm 100:2 ....... Joy Krauthammer, active in the Jewish Renewal, Feminist, and neo-Chasidic worlds for over three decades, kabbalistically leads Jewish women's life-cycle rituals. ... Workshops, and Bands are available for all Shuls, Sisterhoods, Rosh Chodeshes, Retreats, Concerts, Conferences & Festivals. ... My kavanah/intention is that my creative expressive gifts are inspirational, uplifting and joyous. In gratitude, I love doing mitzvot/good deeds, and connecting people in joy. In the zechut/merit of Reb Shlomo Carlebach, zt'l, I mamash love to help make our universe a smaller world, one REVEALING more spiritual consciousness, connection, compassion, and chesed/lovingkindness; to make visible the Face of the Divine... VIEW MY COMPLETE PROFILE and enjoy all offerings.... For BOOKINGS write: joyofwisdom1 at gmail.com, leave a COMMENT below, or call me. ... "Don't Postpone Joy" bear photo montage by Joy. Click to enlarge. BlesSings, Joy

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Rose Parade 2013 with Joy

Tournament of Roses

Dew Drop By, English Fairy Garden detail

Rose Parade 2013 © Joy Krauthammer (all photos)


The Rose Parade was so much fun in Pasadena at the Tournament of Roses.
It wasn't much warmer than on the East coast. Brrr
I was sitting at the curb by 5 AM and it was frosty cold. 
Here's a select few of the photos I shot.
I'm glad there was plenty of my favorite color at the Parade.

124th ROSE PARADE.  
Theme, "Oh, the Places You'll Go!" 
Colorado Boulevard, Pasadena, CA 
Tuesday, January 1, 2013,  8-10 AM; 38* cloudy. 

Photographs by JOY Krauthammer ©

iMovie slide show by Joy Krauthammer  ©
with guidance from Apple pals: 
Casey, Stephie and Jordan Z. Thank you.
I'm grateful that friends Judy, Jerry and Deana shlepped and fed me in the wee hours.
Thank you to all the Rose Parade 2013 participants. You're FANTASTIC!
Enjoy and thank you for watching.

In addition to watching the Parade (and having the joy of seeing Remo drummer friends on floats), going to see the finished floats later is also a pleasure. A couple times I've gone to the float decorating, and I have witnessed the care and patience that float decorators use.

You can see that I have passion for both a particular color and certain instruments. (I am a performing percussionist and a purple person.) I love the physical shapes of other instruments, and the patterns how they appear to me in marching band formation. Different cultures, costumes, colors, whimsical characters, animations, animals and of course flowers--roses always delight me and I grow them. The participants' talents and skills amaze me. Their smiles bring me joy.

The Parade is filled with meaning on many levels. My heart feels deeply when social actions and humanitarian caring and compassionate causes are displayed, filled with good deeds and love; and human connections are made and also with animals. (Did you see the partial view of my teen idol, primatologist Jane Goodall, in the pageantry of the Grand Marshal carriage?) The components of the floats and Parade are awesome. In one heart-warming photo I include for Donate Life are portraits of 'heart organ donors' held by donor recipients. I was so touched by medical theme floats that I didn't photograph most of them.  (Everyone cheers when volunteer 'pooper scoopers' follow equestrian units.) 

If you wonder why I include the Air Force B-2 Stealth Bomber, it is because for many years I watch the Parade "fly-overs" and other B-2 flights, and have never gotten a good shot, certainly not directly over my head, of the Stealth Bomber.  With a lot of sky around the B-2, the photo also made for good Title slides.  The Blimp overhead, too, was a rare occurrence.

May you be blessed throughout the new year, 2013, and all years.
- Joy Krauthammer

You Tube Photo NOTES:
President rides in 1940 Packard Darrin One-Eighty Victoria Convertible. 
Dutchmen hand-painted roses on wooden shoes.
Stagecoach 1860's replicas. 
Packard Standard Eight 1936. 
Trader Joe's ship of produce. 
California: Disneyland's Cars Land. 
Tractor, one of 31 classic tractors.
Purple Octopus on Deep Sea Adventures.
Cowgirl Chicks on rescue horses.
Remo drum heads everywhere.
U. of Wisconsin Badgers, 99th Rose Bowl Game, New Year's Day.
Tambourines and 30 women.
Old World chariot, fully restored, 4 Pinto American Saddlebreds.
Adopt a Pet. 
China, Cycling Through Paradise. 
A Healing Place, The Nurses Float, caring... wise. 
Medieval Times' knight in armor.
Alex Theatre, Glendale, purple canopy, Living the Good Life. 
Banda El Salvador band and folkloric dancers traveled by bus.
Tuva upturned shoes.
B-2 flyover training mission.
The City of San Gabriel, founded 1771, commemorates 100th birthday as incorporated city.
Designer, Raul Rodriquez and Blue Hyacinth Macaw, Sebastian on Dreaming of Paradise, Dole float.
I love the person standing in the window of shot with three Hondas.
People in windows never showed up until the Parade began, unlike those of us waiting curbside in the night's cold weather.
MIA photo of nonconformist fun Stanford band.
Photo of Eagle of Tuvan wrestler. MIA photo of Tuva singers. 
Tuvans have a sensitivity and deep understanding of nature, thus wear up-turned shoes so that they walk lightly on the earth.
(Even after the Parade I learn so much from Ondar's drone:
 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NiSuW0KEEfQ  Listen to learn at 2:12 minutes )

Rose Parade FACTS:
5.4 miles of
42 floral floats
23 marching bands 
21 equestrian units 
700,000 spectators including me
Pre-dawn hours frosty temperatures.
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Rose Parade, Tournament of Roses, 2013, Pasadena, California, Joy Krauthammer, fun, music, dancing, floats, marching bands, drums, Jane Goodall, Honda, Marine Corps, Peace, roses, flowers, creativity, animals, dogs, horses, children, percussion, tambourines, cheer leaders, Dr. Seuss, Royal Court, cowgirls, cowboys, Indonesian, Canadian, Mexican, Equestrian, Banda El Salvador, Disney, LAUSD, ASIMO, love, Granada Spain, wedding, riders, family, horses, Oh, the Places You'll Go, Tuva wrestlers, B-2, Stealth Bomber, Remo, New Years Day, 99th Rose Bowl, Disney Cars Land, University of Wisconsin. 
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ROSE PARADE Spectator's Personal Report
   - Joy Krauthammer

The Rose Parade was so much fun. 
It wasn't too much warmer than on the East coast. Brrr. I was sitting at the curb by 5 AM and it was cold. 

Up at 3 am, oy vey, and breakfast prepared by hostess friend Judy: warm baked buns and scrambled eggs. After eating, we left and picked up people along the way, and drove to Pasadena and found our reserved viewing area and found FRONT ROW for our chairs, cushions, blankets, hats, scarves, gloves and warmers and heavy picnic basket. (I felt as if I was at the Hollywood Bowl.)  People had slept on the sidewalk in the cold all night (some with bonfires) and people for rows back were bundled up. 

I wore a hat, a sweat hoodie, and a hooded winter jacket over my head (equals 3 head covering) with wool scarf, long sleeve top, and a vest, and a blanket over that whole mess. Lightweight new synthetic sneakers were useless for warmth even with new warm socks, and new gloves which I took off to photograph 174 times-- lots of drummers and purple flowers and purple dancers. We all had little hand warmers that actually heated our hands (or cheeks)! but I gave mine away to a street guard without gloves who needed warmers more than I.  We didn't freeze too much.

We had to wear colored wrist bands to prove to guards we belong in our section. Met people in the Parade viewing area whom I didn't know, and who knew friends of mine, so it's always a sweet small world.  Thanks to Judy, we ate from the picnic basket the whole time. 

Unlike TV, we don't hear any descriptive float info. I bought a program so I knew what was what, but not all the flower types which by now I should know.  Not easy to read program (which kept falling off blanketed lap), look at floats, and photograph at the same time.

Due to an injury I hadn't been out socially in 3 months until this week, so today on New Years was a big event for me and I had a good time.  I would do it again, I think. We didn't freeze too much. (Maybe it is like pregnancy, and one forgets some of the challenges.)

Enjoy a few of the photos (either alone or in You Tube with music), that I shot in Pasadena at the Tournament of Roses. I'm glad there was plenty of my favorite color at the Rose Parade and friends with whom to share the celebration.

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