|Me on the Green Carpet!|
What do Craig Ferguson, a “Green Carpet” event and haggis all have in common? They are all things that I got to see in person for the first time on Monday when I had the privilege of attending the world premiere of Disney/Pixar's BRAVE.
To say that the experience was fantastic is a drastic understatement. The entire evening was an exciting whirlwind that started when we arrived on Hollywood Boulevard in front of the Dolby Theater. Previously named the Kodak theater, it's the home of the annual Academy Awards. The barricades lining the street were holding back throngs of fans waiting to see the stars parade down the fittingly GREEN carpet. Many fans and press alike got into the spirit by donning bright red Merida wigs.
|Kelly Macdonald with Merida-wigged Press|
It was on the verge of surreal making our way down the green carpet into the theater. The atmosphere was extra festive with the Scottish flair of the LA Scots Pipe Band and even Merida herself arriving on horseback. The stars made their way in, stopping to pose for photographs and many also signed autographs for happy fans.
|Craig Ferguson, Kelly Macdonald, Kevin McKidd|
|Craig Ferguson signing autographs|
The walkways into the Dolby theater, inside the Hollywood & Highland Center, were also packed with fans. It was a bit humorous to see people taking our pictures thinking we might be someone famous.
As we settled into seats in the first few rows, it was amazing to look around the same familiar theater I've seen so many times watching the Oscars on TV. I made note of my seat (2nd Row Orchestra, 3 seats in from stage left) so that next year I can see which star is sitting in my seat.
I thoroughly enjoyed seeing BRAVE again, even though I had just seen it the night before. It's one of those movies you can see over and over again.
After the film, it was time for the premiere party! The room was beautifully decorated with a dark forest feel created with real trees and some awesome lighting effects. (See the video below to get a bit of the ambience). Entertainment included highland dancers, the LA Scots Pipe Pipe Band and more traditional Scottish music. There was also a ceremonial haggis cutting ceremony performed by Craig Ferguson.
The party was catered by the renowned Wolfgang Puck. The food was amazing and included traditional Scottish foods. My favorite part, by far, was the fabulous desserts, many of which also had a Scottish theme. My #1 dessert, however, was the chocolate-peanut butter Pop Rocks pop – so Yummy! Not only were the desserts delicious, they were beautiful too. Check out my dessert plate – yes, I ate almost all of these.
|Dessert by Wolfgang Puck|
It was an absolutely wonderful, thrilling and memorable evening that I will never forget! Brave opens in theaters TODAY (6/22)! So be sure to get out to see it!
See more BRAVE posts:
I (Barely) Made the Video Footage from the BRAVE Premiere
I Saw Disney/Pixar's BRAVE Tonight (and got some super cool Brave stuff too!)
Is Disney/Pixar's BRAVE Too Scary for Kids? What Ages Are OK?
FREE Disney/Pixar BRAVE Printable Activity Sheets
KILT: Are you BRAVE Enough to Wear One?
Disclosure: Disney-Pixar sponsored my travel, accommodations and activities during the #BraveCarsLandEvent. Any opinions expressed are my own.