Rose Parade 2012: Sunny skies, smaller crowds and an Occupy march

Paramount Pictures rang in the new year with its first ever Rose Parade float. Called "Paramount Pictures 100 Years Of Movie Magic," the 55-foot long entry paid homage to key productions of the studio's past including

A dragon breathes fire on China Airlines' "Prosperity And Harmony" float, winner of the International Trophy, in the 123rd Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif., Monday, Jan. 2, 2012. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon) By CHRISTINA HOAG Associated Press PASADENA, Calif.

Last year, overnight campers for the Rose Parade braved bitter cold temperatures. This year, the weather has been comparatively balmy with the temperature around 60 degrees at 2 am Monday. The low was forecast to dip to 45. Ric Linares, owner of Choza

A Marine marching band from Camp Pendleton and grand marshal JR Martinez drew among the biggest cheers from thousands of parade-goers who lined Colorado Boulevard for the 123rd Rose Parade, which began on a chilly Monday morning and ended in warm

The process of planning, building and entering floats in the parade takes months, with companies and volunteers planning for the next year shortly after the previous parade has ended. According to the Los Angeles Times, the average cost of a float is