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The Norco Cowgirls ride in the 127th Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif., Friday, Jan. 1, 2016. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)
The Rose Queen and her Court ride on a float in the 127th Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif., Friday, Jan. 1, 2016. They are, clockwise from left, Princesses Sarah Shaklan, Rachelle Liu, Bryce Bakewell, Rose Queen Erika Winter, Princesses Regina Pullens, Natalie Hernandez-Barber and Donaly Marquez.(AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)
The University of Iowa Hawkeye Marching Band marches down Colorado Boulevard in the 127th Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif., Friday, Jan. 1, 2016. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)
Tournament of Roses Grand Marshal Ken Burns and his family ride in the 127th Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif., Friday, Jan. 1, 2016.(AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)
Rose Queen Erika Winter rides on a float in the 127th Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif., Friday, Jan. 1, 2016. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)
The Stanford University Cardinal Marching Band performs in the 127th Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif., Friday, Jan. 1, 2016. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)
The Burbank Tournament of Roses Association float "Are We There Yet?" wins the Theme Trophy in the 127th Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif., Friday, Jan. 1, 2016. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)
Acrobats on the Theme Banner float "Find Your Adventure" sway over the crowd on flexible poles during the 127th Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif., Friday, Jan. 1, 2016. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)
Flames shoot from the dragon's mouth on Singpoli Group's "Marco Polo East Meets West" which won the Sweepstakes Trophy in the 127th Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif., Friday, Jan. 1, 2016. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)
Trader Joe's "Fearless Flyer" float wins the Fantasy Award in the 127th Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif., Friday, Jan. 1, 2016. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)
The La Cañada Flintridge Tournament of Roses Association float "Up A Creek" wins the Bob Hope Humor Award in the 127th Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif., Friday, Jan. 1, 2016.(AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)
Singpoli Group's "Marco Polo East Meets West" wins the Sweepstakes Trophy in the 127th Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif., Friday, Jan. 1, 2016. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)
Parade spectators watch as airplane sky writers write a message "America is great! Trump is disgusting" above the parade route during the 127th Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif., Friday, Jan. 1, 2016. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)
South Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association's float "Fishing Follies" wins the National Award in the 127th Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif., Friday, Jan. 1, 2016.(AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)
Marching bands and floats make their way down Colorado Boulevard at the start of the 127th Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif., Friday, Jan. 1, 2016. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)
The Disneyland Resort "Diamond Celebration" float, winner of the Extraordinaire Trophy, appears in the 127th Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif., Friday, Jan. 1, 2016. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, center-left, stands on the City of Los Angeles "Discover Los Angeles" float during the 127th Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif., Friday, Jan. 1, 2016. The Los Angeles float won the Mayor's Trophy. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)
The Disneyland Resort "Diamond Celebration" float, winner of the Extraordinaire Trophy, appears in the 127th Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif., Friday, Jan. 1, 2016.(AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)
Law enforcement personnel monitor the route at the end of the 127th Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif., Friday, Jan. 1, 2016. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)
Kiel's Since 1851 float "The Beauty of Adventure," winner of the Crown City Innovation Award, appears in the 127th Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif., Friday, Jan. 1, 2016.(AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)
The Rose Bowl University of Iowa float moves down Colorado Blvd. in the 127th Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif., Friday, Jan. 1, 2016. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)
The Punahou School marching band and dancers from Honolulu perform in the 127th Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif., Friday, Jan. 1, 2016.(AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)
The United Sikh Mission float "A Sikh-American Journey" moves down Colorado Boulevard in the 127th Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif., Friday, Jan. 1, 2016. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)
The California Polytechnic Universities float "Sweet Shenanigans" moves down Colorado Boulevard in the 127th Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif., Friday, Jan. 1, 2016.(AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)
The Donate Life "Treasure Life's Journey" float, winner of the Isabella Coleman Award, appears in the 127th Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif., Friday, Jan. 1, 2016.(AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)
Actress, dancer, singer, and former Laker Girl, Paul Abdul waves from the Los Angeles Lakers' float during the 127th Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif., Friday, Jan. 1, 2016.(AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)
IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR KIEHLS - The Kiehl's SINCE 1851 float, "The Beauty of Adventure" on Judging Day at Fiesta Parade Floats on Thursday, Dec. 31, 2015, in Irwindale, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision for Kiehl's SINCE 1851/AP Images)
IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR KIEHL'S SINCE 1851 - The Kiehl's SINCE 1851 float, "The Beauty of Adventure" , recipient of the Crown City Innovation Trophy, during the 127th Rose Parade on Friday, Jan. 1, 2016, in Pasadena, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision for Kiehl's SINCE 1851/AP Images)
IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR KIEHL'S SINCE 1851 - Robert Mads Anderson, from left, Laura Heintz, and Chris Salgardo, President of Kiehl's SINCE 1851, ride on the Kiehl's SINCE 1851 float, "The Beauty of Adventure" , recipient of the Crown City Innovation Trophy, during the 127th Rose Parade on Friday, Jan. 1, 2016, in Pasadena, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision for Kiehl's SINCE 1851/AP Images)
PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 01: (L-R) 2016 Rose Bowl Hallf of Fame Inductees (L-R) Jim Muldoon, Mark Brunell and Tyrone Wheatley ride in the ftd car at the 127th Tournament of Roses Parade Presented by Honda on January 1, 2016 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Jerod Harris/WireImage)
PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 01: The Mira Mesa High School Marching Band in the 127th Tournament of Roses Parade Presented by Honda on January 1, 2016 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Jerod Harris/WireImage)
A man portraying Jesus Christ waves from the Lutheran Laymen's League/Lutheran Hour Ministries: Jesus Is the Light of the World' float, in the 127th Rose Parade in Pasadena, California, January 1, 2016. AFP PHOTO / ROBYN BECK / AFP / ROBYN BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
Members of the Allen Eagle Escadrille team from Allen, Texas await the start of the 127th Rose Parade in Pasadena, California, January 1, 2016. AFP PHOTO / ROBYN BECK / AFP / ROBYN BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
A horse is adorned with flowers in the 127th Rose Parade in Pasadena, California, January 1, 2016. AFP PHOTO / ROBYN BECK / AFP / ROBYN BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 01: The Downey Rose Float Association float winner of the Founders Award on the parade route during the 127th Tournament of Roses Parade Presented by Honda on January 1, 2016 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
Participates dance alongside the United Sikh Mission: A Sikh-American Journey' float in the 127th Rose Parade in Pasadena, California, January 1, 2016. AFP PHOTO / ROBYN BECK / AFP / ROBYN BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 01: The Sierra Madre Rose Float Associaton float winner of the Animation Award on the parade route during the 127th Tournament of Roses Parade Presented by Honda on January 1, 2016 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
Kaiser Permanente's Helping Mother Nature Thrive, Fiesta Parade Floats participates in the 127th Rose Parade in Pasadena, California, January 1, 2016. AFP PHOTO / ROBYN BECK / AFP / ROBYN BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
Season 20 bachelor Ben Higgins rides on 'The Bachelor' Love Is the Greatest Journey' float in the 127th Rose Parade in Pasadena, California, January 1, 2016. AFP PHOTO / ROBYN BECK / AFP / ROBYN BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
Details of a float participating in the 127th Rose Parade in Pasadena, California, January 1, 2016. AFP PHOTO / ROBYN BECK / AFP / ROBYN BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
The South Dakota Department of Tourism float featuring Mount Rushmore National Memorial participates in the 127th Rose Parade in Pasadena, California, January 1, 2016. AFP PHOTO / ROBYN BECK / AFP / ROBYN BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
Details of a float participating in the 127th Rose Parade in Pasadena, California, January 1, 2016. AFP PHOTO / ROBYN BECK / AFP / ROBYN BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) float Downtown Abbey: The Final Adventure, waits to roll in the 127th Rose Parade in Pasadena, California, January 1, 2016. AFP PHOTO / ROBYN BECK / AFP / ROBYN BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) float Downtown Abbey: The Final Adventure, waits to roll in the 127th Rose Parade in Pasadena, California, January 1, 2016. AFP PHOTO / ROBYN BECK / AFP / ROBYN BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
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PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — The flower-drenched Rose Parade rolled with few hitches Friday under cloudless blue skies to the delight of hundreds of thousands of fans, some of whom camped out all night on sidewalks determined not to let security fears get in the way of their fun.

The temperature at the start of the annual New Year's Day pageant in Pasadena barely topped 40 degrees but spectators shed layers as the sun lit up dozens of bright floats featuring characters and settings woven with roses, carnations and other flowers.

The theme of this year's parade, "Find Your Adventure," was inspired by the centennial of the National Park Service in 2016. The grand marshal was documentary filmmaker Ken Burns, who produced the Emmy-award winning series, "The National Parks: America's Best Idea."

Burns waved to the crowd with his family from an antique convertible. Earlier, he said he has been a fan of the parade since he was a child, though he had never before attended in person.

"I don't think I've ever missed one on television since the early '60s," he told parade organizers.

The 44 floats included an entry paying homage to the City of Hope medical center that was built by and featured athlete cancer survivors.

A losing record didn't stop the Los Angeles Lakers from entering a float titled "Every Second is an Adventure," ridden by team legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Paula Abdul, a former member of the Laker Girls dance squad.

The massive Disney entry featured a Star Wars theme complete with stormtroopers on one end and characters from the animated hit "Frozen" on the other. It won the Extraordinaire Trophy for most spectacular float — one of several awards given to the massive works of art that thrilled spectators along Colorado Boulevard.

"The Bachelor" television series float depicting a romantic date on an exotic beach also drew big cheers from the crowd and won the President's Award for most effective use of flowers.

The India Punjab float got people moving to its Bollywood beat. It was followed by whooping and hollering by a mounted unit from the U.S. Army's 1st Cavalry Division.

Overhead, a squadron of sky-writing planes scrawled anti-Donald Trump messages but few people seemed to be looking away from the floats. A gentle Santa Ana wind carried the aroma of sizzling bacon-wrapped hot dogs down the boulevard.

Enthusiastic fans began lining the parade route Thursday. Many sipped hot cocoa and were equipped with portable heaters, blankets and sleeping bags to stay warm as overnight temperatures dipped to the mid-30s.

Their numbers were expected to swell to more than 700,000 for the annual parade that served as a kick-off to the 102nd Rose Bowl football game between Iowa and Stanford.

It was the final parade broadcast for longtime TV hosts Bob Eubanks and Stephanie Edwards, who have described the colorful floats and parade participants for more than 30 years. Eubanks, 77, and Edwards, 72, thanked fans and their broadcast crews as they signed off for the last time and passed the torch to Leeza Gibbons and Mark Steines, who will take over next year.

Authorities said the event was held under unprecedented security, although there were no known threats.

Geoffrey Hayton, an attorney from Redlands, near the site of the recent San Bernardino attack, said his father began attending the parade in the 1950s and his family has attended ever since. For the first time this year though, he had a conversation with his wife about the potential dangers of going to the parade.

Ultimately, they decided fear wouldn't stop them. "Statistically, I feel like we're pretty safe," Hayton said.

The massive influx of people into the city, the length of the parade route, and numerous venues ranging from float decorating pavilions to Tournament of Roses headquarters and the Rose Bowl stadium have always required a huge deployment of law enforcement, but officials said the 2016 security effort was bigger than ever.

Mark Selby, deputy special agent in charge of Homeland Security Investigations in Los Angeles and the federal coordinator for the Rose Parade and security, said the plan involved unprecedented resources and technologies.

Federal authorities intended to use a variety of explosives-detection methods ranging from bomb-sniffing dogs to devices that register even minute amounts of radiation, Selby said.

Officials warned Rose Bowl game spectators that a number of items would not be allowed inside the stadium, including banners, large beverage containers and drones.

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Associated Press writers Christopher Weber and Christine Armario contributed from Los Angeles.

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This story has been corrected by dropping reference to acrobats being on the Lakers float, "Every Second is an Adventure."


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