The Rose Parade is tomorrow.
I just recalled a number of times driving to my aunts in Highland Park (near Pasadena)
We would drive the hundred plus miles from Oceanside the night before and sleep on the floor or leave home early and get to her home by 5am. We'd usually stop at a donut shop on the way to Pasadena.
Park on the Arroyo Seco Parkway along the concrete drainage channel funneling the Los Angeles River, and walk up the steep abuttment on the right side of the bridge.
We always found a great place right on the street because we were there early.
Can you remember a New Years Day before you were a smoker?