PASADENA (CBSLA) — The 129th Rose Parade drew thousands of revelers today, as 39 floral-covered floats, 20 equestrian groups and 20 marching bands rolled down the streets of Pasadena.

Colorado Blvd. was lined with people ready to celebrate, many camping out overnight to get ready for the 5 1/2-mile procession themed “Making a Difference.”

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Jay Humphries came all the way from Oklahoma City.

“It’s an awesome parade, probably the best one there is,” he told CBS2/KCAL9’s Joy Benedict.

Actor Gary Sinise, best known for his role as Lt. Dan Taylor in “Forrest Gump,” served as grand marshal.

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“Gary’s humanitarian work with our defenders, veterans, first responders and their families over the years embodies our theme to the fullest,” Tournament of Roses President Lance Tibbet said.

Twenty-four awards were handed out before the parade. The Sweepstakes Award, for most beautiful entry, encompassing float design, floral presentation and entertainment, went to Singpoli American BD for its “Rising Above Paradise.” A full list of winners is available on the Tournament of Roses website.

Floats will be on display at Pasadena High School today and tomorrow.

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