Big Bear Valley Featured


New Years Day, Tuesday morning Big Bear Valley residents and friends can witness a First for Big Bear Lake, California.  We will all be anxiously watching the 130th Tournament of Roses Parade, specifically for Big Bear Valley’s entry, a beautiful float highlighting the features unique to the San Bernardino Mountain communities. The traditional event will parade five and a half miles down Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena, California for millions of television viewers, as well as those braving the very cold temps to get those personal glimpses of the absolutely most gorgeous event.


The Melody of Light is the 2018 Rose Parade theme. One of the bands selected to perform, the Bands of Santiago Sharks from Santiago High in Corona, stayed true to that theme by raising money for the children at Five Acres, a child and family services organization in Altadena, California.  Marching bands from various communities complete the grand event with traditional marching music every parade-goer loves.  


Many Big Bear Valley residents and friends volunteered long hours to preparing months ahead of the deadline date and tediously decorating the awesome creation that compliments Big Bear Valley. Contributions of funds were generated by many events throughout and the generosity of many in Big Bear Valley.  The Big Bear Rose Parade Board of Directors consists of: President Gloria Meade, Vice-President Liz Harris, Secretary Beth Wheat, Sandy Miller, Brian Adams, Judi Bowers, and Bob Cisneros. 

The theme, Play Rest Repeat tells a visual story of Life in Big Bear Valley. Assemblyman District 3rd - Jay Obernolte, Heather Obernolte and Gloria Meade will be with the fishing boat.  Big Bear Alpine Zoo Director Bob Cisneros will be presenting an Owl, while Greg and Bynette Mote are hikers. Jack Gardner is a rock climber and Tesa Putz is a skier. Ann Patterson, Leslie Pau are kayaking, while Ester and Martin Peterson are cyclists.  These activities are some of the opportunities to play while in the pristine atmosphere at Big Bear Lake. 

The earlier Tournament of Roses Parade event attracted 3000 spectators to be amazed at the fragrant orange blossom-bedecked horse-drawn carriages; while today millions will either be on-site or observing on their devices and call-up reruns whenever desired, to see the massive productions of the beauty in flowers event. 

 Everbody loves a parade and the 2018 Tournament of Roses Parade will exceptional! 



Thanks for the interview with Liz Harris!

Editor E T Russell