By AP/Daisy Nguyen
UPDATE: In all, 22 bands performed and 47 floats dazzled the crowd. Some floats had whimsical themes featuring dogs boogie boarding and jumping into a pool, some shot fireworks and ribbons, and some marked anniversaries happening in 2011. A towering float featuring Pac-Man hoisting a birthday cake celebrates the video game’s 30th anniversary this year, another float marks the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks by honoring its victims.
The parade was slowed by a minor glitch when a float celebrating California’s historic missions broke down at the start, causing a gap in the lineup. A tow truck was called in to pull the float down the parade route.