Near record cold temperatures and a 4 a.m. call time did not discourage the nearly 125 Red Cross volunteers that reported bundled and prepared to provide basic first aid services for a parade attendance of 700,000 spectators and hundreds of participants along the 5.5-mile 2015 Tournament of Roses Parade route.
Under the supervision of the Pasadena Fire Department, Red Cross volunteer teams responded to the first of 41 incidents just before 6 a.m. -- a nosebleed -- and continued treating patients that complained of exhaustion from leg, back or knee pain, slips or falls, stomach aches and blisters through 11:30 a.m. at 12 first aid stations along the parade route.
Cold weather was likely responsible for the significantly lower number of incidents this year -- about half of last year’s. Marching band members in particular experienced far less heat exhaustion than in previous years’ parades.
Following the parade, nine Red Cross volunteers also responded to 30 incidents at the Rose Bowl during the game, and more than 40 incidents at 4 stations throughout the post parade Showcase of Floats. In total, volunteers treated and released 90 percent of clients, alleviating the paramedic load and leaving just 13 ambulance transports.
Several first aid stations were also provided at pre-parade activities including two at “Deco Week” float decorating and one at Bandfest.
Volunteers by the Number: