While millions of viewers from over 100 countries view the 126th annual Tournament of Roses Parade this morning, it is interesting to know that there is a connection to Led Zeppelin that few people know about.
On May 2-3, 1969, Led Zeppelin headlined a pair of concerts at the Rose Palace, in Pasadena, California. This venue was located at 835 South Raymond Avenue, a few miles from the parade route, in a warehouse that was built for parade construction.
Parade float construction primarily takes place from October through the end of December of each year. The venue is currently occupied by The Phoenix Decorating Company, one of the main float construction companies for the parade.
The outside of the Rose Palace wasnt much to look at--just a large, long building with a sign over the double doors saying this was the place. But the inside was a different story, mainly because of the people. The interior had a high ceiling. Astroturf on the floor, and a stage that was small in comparison to the ones Zeppelin used later. (from Whole Lotta Led: Our Flight with Led Zeppelin by Ralph Hulett, Jerry Prochnicky)
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