As most of us rose into the new year filled with all that life so seamlessly blends — hope and caution, joy and sadness, love and longing — Pasadena played host to the 134th Rose Parade after a strong rainfall washed over its streets to cap 2022.
The parade’s theme this year — an expression of hope and resilience — was “Turning the Corner.” The 2023 Rose Parade grand marshal was Gabrielle Giffords, the former Arizona congresswoman who survived a mass shooting. Giffords led a procession of 39 floats, 21 marching bands and 16 equestrian units.
Dania Maxwell is a staff photographer at the Los Angeles Times. Before joining the newsroom in 2018, she worked in Colombia, South America and at the Naples Daily News in Florida. Her work has been awarded an Emmy, POYi, Sigma Delta Chi and Edward R. Murrow. Maxwell received a master’s degree in visual communication from Ohio University and a bachelor of arts from Sarah Lawrence College.
Photojournalist Allen J. Schaben began his career at the Los Angeles Times shortly after he earned his bachelor’s degree in journalism with minors in art and psychology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1994.
Raul Roa is a photo editor for L.A. Times en Español and the Fast Break Desk, the Los Angeles Times’ breaking news team. He has been with The Times since 2009. Previously, he was the photo editor for Times Community News, working with the Daily Pilot and TimesOC. A lifelong resident of Southern California, Roa is an avid nature and travel photographer and enjoys the challenging world of astrophotography. His passion is to document and tell the unique stories in our communities.