PASADENA, CALIF. -- Garfield the Cat roared by on a chrysanthemum-covered motorcycle, extraterrestrials created of carnations greeted Earthlings on New Year's Day and Kabuki figures danced on a stage of seaweed in the 99th annual Tournament of Roses Parade.
"Pasadena never fails on Rose Parade day," said Michael Wayne, one of an estimated 1 million spectators who cheered as the floral phantasmagoria glided by to a chorus of oohs and ahhs from the throng.
"This is the best place to be," said Wayne, who shed his shirt as the near-freezing temperatures of New Year's Eve gave way to a warm parade day. "The bands, the smells, the event. It's all here."
The parade, as in previous years, experienced several mishaps.
Police said a parade volunteer was run over by a float when he slipped and fell as it began to roll away from the starting line. A second volunteer was also hurt trying to help his coworker. Both were taken to Huntington Memorial Hospital for treatment, but neither was seriously hurt.
Four more people, including a 12-year-old girl, were injured shortly after the parade began when one of eight horses featured in Pasadena's Valley Hunt Club -- which organized the first Rose Parade -- was startled by a bugle and charged the crowd. All were reported in good condition.
By 11 a.m., police had arrested 435 people, including 360 for public drunkenness. Eleven people were arrested on drug charges. More than 1,100 law enforcement officers patroled the route.
The two-hour pageant, an event first staged as a modest town social in 1890, and the ensuing 74th Rose Bowl, featuring Michigan State and Southern Cal, reached an estimated foreign television audience of 300 million in addition to more than 100 million American viewers.