Heartwarming moments defy chill at Rose Parade

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Associated Press

Posted on January 1, 2013 at 4:00 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jan 1 at 4:30 PM

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Some heartwarming moments on a chilly day boosted the spirits of some 700,000 spectators during the 124th Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif.

Spectators rose to a standing ovation when Army Sgt. First Class Eric Pazz, who was riding on the Natural Balance Pet Foods float, hopped off and walked over to his surprised wife Miriam and 4-year-old son Eric Jr. Miriam Pazz had been told she had won a contest to attend the parade and did not know her husband, who is deployed in Afghanistan, would be there.

Cheers also went up for a Virginia couple who tied the knot aboard Farmers Insurance "Love Float." Gerald Sapienza and Nicole Angelillo were high school classmates who reconnected 10 years later and won the parade wedding over three other couples in a nationwide contest.

The parade's theme this year was "Oh the Places You'll Go!" named in honor of the Dr. Seuss book. It served as a fitting slogan for grand marshal British primatologist Jane Goodall, who has spent much of her life in Tanzania studying chimpanzees.

This year's parade also saw the first-ever float entered by the Defense Department: A replica of the Korean War Veterans Memorial in Washington.

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171-a-06-(Unidentified girl among spectators along Rose Parade route, in AP interview)-"it's just wonderful"-This girl who was among the spectators along the Rose Parade route says the parade is a real thrill. (1 Jan 2013)

<<CUT *171 (01/01/13)>> 00:06 "it's just wonderful"

169-a-15-(Unidentified spectator along Rose Parade route, in AP interview)-"just the energy"-This spectator along the Rose Parade route says it's an experience like no other. (1 Jan 2013)

<<CUT *169 (01/01/13)>> 00:15 "just the energy"

170-a-04-(Children among spectators along Rose Parade route, in AP interview)-"happy new year (third reference)"-Children among the spectators along the Rose Parade route extend new year greetings. (1 Jan 2013)

<<CUT *170 (01/01/13)>> 00:04 "happy new year (third reference)"

150-c-15-(Raquel Maria Dillon, AP correspondent)-"it's plenty cold"-AP correspondent Raquel Maria Dillon reports the temperatures are a bit nippy for camped out parade spectators. (1 Jan 2013)

<<CUT *150 (01/01/13)>> 00:15 "it's plenty cold"

149-c-22-(Raquel Maria Dillon, AP correspondent)-"parade to start"-AP correspondent Raquel Maria Dillon reports spectators include major New Year's celebrations in their parade preparations. (1 Jan 2013)

<<CUT *149 (01/01/13)>> 00:22 "parade to start"

APPHOTO CAPF110: Dancers perform on a float featuring Disney's "Cars Land" in the 124th Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif., Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Patrick T. Fallon) (1 Jan 2013)

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APPHOTO CAPF111: A woman smiles from the float "Wonderful Indonesia" from the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economies, Republic of Indonesia_the winner of the President's trophy for the most innovative use and presentation of flowers— in the 124th Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif., Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Patrick T. Fallon) (1 Jan 2013)

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APPHOTO CAPF115: The float "Wonderful Indonesia," from the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economies, Republic of Indonesia— winner of the President's trophy for the most innovative use and presentation of flowers— appears in the 124th Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif., Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Patrick T. Fallon) (1 Jan 2013)

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APPHOTO CARS102: Jane Goodall, of England, famed for her work with chimpanzees in Africa and for her efforts on behalf of endangered species everywhere, is seen in the 124th Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif., Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon) (1 Jan 2013)

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