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“He had an outstanding setup,” Pannell said. “They gave him a whole mile to put all his characters in. After we got everything worked out, he flew us out there and put us up in Universal City.”

The band remained there for seven days, getting up around 6:30 a.m. to head to Pasadena Community College to practice for the 6.2 mile parade, which featured the danceline in special costumes and a platoon of 501 Troopers.

“We lived like kings and queens out there,” Pannell said. “It was such a joy, really enjoyable.”

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