You are a brave one among the more than 700,000 people who camped out in the cool of the morning to admire the floral spectacle of the 135th Rose Parade, the trotting horses and the artists. Savor your glimpses of this year’s Grand Marshal, Broadway star Audra McDonald and Rose Queen Naomi Stillitano with her court. Live the multi-sensory New Year’s experience.
But before all that, know that the IRL Rose Parade can also be about endurance and planning. Pro tip: You can never plan enough.
Attached, a gift: some tips and tricks to make the most of the American New Year celebration, without the hangover like:
What: The 134th Rose Parade presented by Honda
When: 8:00 a.m. Monday January 1
Or: The action begins at the corner of Green Street and Orange Grove Boulevard in Pasadena, with a 5.5-mile course heading north on Orange Grove and east on Colorado Boulevard, heading north on Sierra Madre Boulevard before ending at Villa Street.
BEFORE YOU LEAVE
Enjoy the comfort and remember that the forecast for January 1 is a high in the 60s and a low in the 40s. For now, there is even a very slight chance of rain. Grab your hat and gloves, dress in layers, drink plenty of healthy fluids, and eat well to avoid dehydration.
Reserved car, bus and RV parking for Rose Parade and Rose Bowl games is available for purchase at the following locations:
Paid parking is also available on a first-come, first-served basis at various parking lots and structures near the parade route. Check sites like ParkWhiz.com for options.
Remember that overnight parking on Pasadena streets begins at noon the day before the parade and does not continue until the evening. All “no parking” zones and red border zones remain prohibited and vehicles in violation will be subject to impoundment and a fine. There is no parking permitted on the parade route itself.
Metro will offer enhanced service on its A (Azusa) Line, formerly the Gold Line, to accommodate more passengers on parade day. It will also provide 24-hour service on Metro Rail, as well as the Silver and Orange lines, from the night of December 31 until the morning of January 1.
Visit metro.net for more information, including free rides.
These stations provide the best access to the parade route:
- Del Mar Station: Walk two blocks north to the parade route.
- Memorial Park Station: Walk two blocks south to the parade route.
- Lake Station: Walk four blocks south to the parade route.
- Allen Station: Walk four blocks south to the parade route.
Parking is available at many subway stations, including Union Station in downtown Los Angeles; some lots are paid while others are free.
Take Metro to access other events such as the Rose Bowl and Floatfest, which take place after the parade and through Tuesday, January 2. Buses depart from various locations throughout Los Angeles County.
Follow @metrolaalerts and @metrolosangeles on X, formerly Twitter. For more information, call 323-466-3876 or visit metro.net.
Metrolink offers rides from San Bernardino, Riverside and Orange counties to Tournament of Roses events via Union Station, where riders can take the A (Azusa) Metro Line. The first trains on the San Bernardino and Antelope Valley lines will depart an hour earlier than their regular schedule to accommodate passengers bound for Rose Parade. The cost is $10 for a vacation pass.
For more information, visit metrolinktrains.com or follow @Metrolink on social media.
The Pasadena Police Department will close Rose Parade Road to vehicle traffic early, beginning at 10 p.m. the day before the parade until 2 p.m. the following day, along Colorado Boulevard from Orange Grove Boulevard to Sierra Madre Boulevard, and north on Sierra Madre to Paloma Street.
Hit the Rose Parade course again in the first-ever Lululemon race with the Roses 5K starting at midnight on Sunday, Dec. 31 from the lululemon store, 101 W. Colorado Blvd., and ending at 300 E. Colorado Blvd. Entrance fee is $29. https://tournamentofroses.com/event/lululemon-run/
This year, food trucks will be lining the way to Floatfest, so you can enjoy the float showcase on Sierra Madre Boulevard. Food Fare, presented by Dine Out Lauderdale, will also feature South Florida flavors. Find it on Sierra Madre Boulevard near Gate A in the Showcase Lot. Floatfest is open from 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, January 1 and from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m., reserved for senior and disabled visitors; From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, January 2. Entrance to the Food Fare is free. Admission to Floatfest is $20. For more information, https://tournamentofroses.com/event/floatfest-a-rose-parade-showcase-presented-by-lululemon/
WHAT YOU CAN AND CANNOT DO
5 things that go well
- If you have grandstand tickets, arrive before 6:30 a.m. on parade day.
- If you mark off your own location, you can camp the night before the parade. A sidewalk spot along the parade route can be reserved beginning at noon on Sunday, December 31. Blankets, chairs and other objects must remain on the sidewalk until 11 p.m. Spectators can then move towards the blue “line of honor”, but not past it.
- Small, professionally made barbecue grills raised at least 1 foot off the ground, as permitted, provided they are at least 25 feet from buildings and any combustibles. A fire extinguisher should be readily available.
- Minors under the age of 18 may only circulate on the parade route from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. if supervised by an adult.
- In an emergency, call 9-1-1 and know the cross streets you are calling from. Otherwise, call 626-744-4241.
5 things that are wrong
- Tents, sofas and boxes of any type that can be used as stools or seats are prohibited.
- Unoccupied chairs are not permitted.
- Bonfires and all fireworks are strictly prohibited; Open containers of alcohol are illegal on sidewalks, streets and other public spaces.
- No items may be sold along the parade route without a city permit.
- No ladders or scaffolding may be used as elevation for observation activities.
THERE IS AN APP FOR THIS
There is the official Rose Parade app and the TAP card app to pay for your subway tickets before the parade, both available for Apple and Android devices. The Pasadena Star-News has a free app featuring breaking and local news as well as restaurant reviews, weather, sports and entertainment reports.
Pasadena Convention & Visitors Bureau: Rose Parade hotline 877-793-9911, main number 626-793-2122, visitpasadena.com
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