How many parades?  I’ve lost the count on the number of times I’ve ambled alongside the Luther Burbank Rose Parade.  Each year tends to be a little different. Some years, colors of the Rose Parade are subdued, other times it’s awash in the spectrum of light. Luckily, the 117th walking of Santa Rosa’s fete to Luther Burbank was festooned with colors that ran the prism.  Either that or I was just seeing better on Saturday.

At some parades, a wide angle is the lens of choice, it gets the reader up close and personal to a subject.  For some reason, maybe it’s a certain amount of visual clutter I try to avoid, a 400mm lens works best at the Rose Parade.

Coyolxauqui Aztec dance troupe of Santa Rosa, Saturday May 21, 2011 during the 117th Luther Burbank Rose Parade. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2011

Zombies were present during the Luther Burbank Rose Parade in Santa Rosa, Saturday May 21, 2011. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2011

A rider from Los Charros de Sonoma County looks at pictures, Saturday May 21, 2011 from the 117th Luther Burbank Rose Parade. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2011

Rachel Spaeth of Santa Rosa, Saturday May 21, 2011 during the 117th Luther Burbank Rose Parade. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2011

The American Legion Color Guard in Santa Rosa, Saturday May 21, 2011 during the 117th Luther Burbank Rose Parade. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2011

A rider from the Los Charros de Sonoma County horse entry, Saturday May 21, 2011 during the 117th Luther Burbank Rose Parade. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2011

Parade goers watch the Luther Burbank Rose Parade in Santa Rosa, Saturday May 21, 2011. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2011

Santa Rosa High School mascots past and present parade with the school's cheerleaders and marching band, Saturday May 21, 2011 during the 117th Luther Burbank Rose Parade. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2011

The Rincon Valley Middle School Falcons marching band parade down Mendocino Ave. in Santa Rosa, Saturday May 21, 2011 during the 117th Luther Burbank Rose Parade. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2011

La Tortilla Factory mariachi band plays to a large crowd in Santa Rosa, Saturday May 21, 2011 during the 117th Luther Burbank Rose Parade. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2011

The 117th Luther Burbank Rose Parade. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2011

Slater Middle School parades during the Luther Burbank Rose Parade in Santa Rosa, Saturday May 21, 2011. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2011

The parade season is about wrapped up this year.

Until July.

-Kent Porter