PHOTOS: Rose Parade features 39 floral floats, 19 marching bands

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Thursday, January 1, 2015
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The Donate Life float honors organ donors who helped many lives at the Rose Parade in Pasadena on New Year's Day.

PASADENA, Calif. -- The 126th Rose Parade kicked off a chilly New Year's Day.

Temperatures hovered above freezing at an unofficial 37 degrees at dawn and were just shy of setting a record for the coldest parade. In 1952, the temperature was 32 degrees.

But despite the freezing temperatures, thousands gathered to enjoy 39 floral floats, 19 marching bands and 18 high-stepping equestrian units.