Counting Down to New Year’s Day – Posted by Dick

Realtors® across the country have been calling and writing on a daily basis to share their excitement about our debut in this year’s Tournament of Roses Parade. In fact, I hear the folks in Pennsylvania are especially excited to watch the parade before cheering on the Penn State Nittany Lions on New Year’s Day.

I happened to be in Pasadena yesterday, and I stopped by Fiesta Parade Floats. I just can’t say enough about the wonderful Realtors® from Pasadena and the surrounding cities who are helping to make this a spectacular event. Rita Sahlein has spearheaded our participation in the parade from the very beginning. Jackie Johnson, executive vice president of the Pasadena Foothills Association, continues to amaze me with her hard work and great energy. Steve Reagan, of Prudential California, has done an outstanding job coordinating all of the volunteers. Please visit PFAR’s web site for more information on the festivities planned before, during and after the parade, and send them a note of thanks for their tremendous effort.

The float is coming together very nicely. In fact, I had a chance to spend some time with our designer, Raul Rodriquez, and his friend Sebastian (a rare Hyacinth Macaw), who decided to look over my shoulder while we snapped a quick photo.

Raul, Sebastian and Dick
Raul has been designing floats for more than 20 years and has won more than 200 awards. You’ll get a chance to see both him and Sebastian in the parade on New Year’s Day.

To help you share in the excitement leading up to January 1st, we just launched a series of webisodes that will highlight everything from construction through the actual parade. Please take just a few minutes now to watch the first webisode, and stay tuned for much more in the weeks ahead. While you are here, tell us how excited you are to see the float. We want to hear from you! — Dick Gaylord, 2009 NAR Immediate Past President