This parade, unlike most parades, is at night - its official start time is 5:05 pm. Folks of all ages turn out to take a look see all bundled up in their Southern California winter wear (which mostly means Uggs). Most of the grownups bring a cup. The mood is celebratory.
This year my littlest elf was in the parade. And not walking with a soccer or softball team either. She was on a float proper. And got to throw candy! (Which we didn't know was forbidden! You now have to get out and hand candy to the littles, due to safety concerns. Somehow, though, she and her partner managed to throw all 400 pieces anyway. Oops.)
Hey, here she is on the wheel well pre-parade. Telling everyone what to do, no doubt.