If seeing the Rose Parade, in all its botanical splendor, in person is on your bucket list, here’s how to do it with as little hassle as possible. Your Tournament of Roses Examiner aims to make the day easy and pleasant for readers!
This guide will help you plan your trip and enjoy New Year’s Day 2013 in Pasadena. These tips will help ensure a perfect Southern California day at the Rose Parade.
To stand or sit? Most of the parade-goers stand along the route or bring lawn chairs for comfort, but grandstand tickets are available from Sharp Seating and Pasadena Presbyterian Church. Readers can find ticket information in “2013 Rose Parade, Tournament of Roses events tickets now on sale”. Keep reading for useful information, especially if you are planning on grabbing a spot on the boulevard.
Take warm clothing: Yes, it is Southern California and the afternoons can get pretty warm, but early mornings can be very cold, especially in the shade or on the south side of the street. Dress in layers so you can strip down as it warms up. It is not unusual for overnight temperatures to get down to freezing in the foothills area.
When to get there: The parade starts at Orange Grove just south of Colorado Blvd. promptly at 8 a.m. It takes about two hours for the parade to get to the end of the parade on Sierra Madre Blvd. and Orange Grove Blvd. Generally, if you get to the route a half hour before the parade does, you should be able to find a place to stand. An hour is better. You may have to do a bit of walking to find a place.
How to get there: For detailed information on driving and public transportation, read “Rose Parade 101: How to get to the parade and where to park”
Allow enough time: A good rule of thumb is to allow at least twice as much time travel as you normally would; three times as much is better. As you get closer to the route, the time increases exponentially. A 10-minute drive can easily become 40 minutes. It can also take a good deal of time to find a parking space.
Get a map: A map of the route is a great help in avoiding road closures. A map is available on the Tournament of Roses website, in the official Rose Parade program, in the Tournament of Roses brochure, and in the Pasadena Star-News a few days prior to the parade.
You can’t tell the players without a program: Programs are sold on the street for $10, but it’s fun to pick one up ahead of time. Many stores in Pasadena carry programs a week or so prior to the parade and they can be ordered online from Sharp Seating for $8.50. The Los Angeles Times bundles the “Pasadena Tournament” magazine with the Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012 newspaper, which includes information about the Rose Parade, Rose Bowl Game, and interviews with participants.
Food and beverages: All vendors are required to be licensed in order to work the Rose Parade route, so food and beverages you purchase should be safe. You may want to bring your own hot chocolate, coffee or tea, though, to keep your tummy warm.
Don’t bring contraband: Weapons, sticks, poles, glass bottles, alcoholic beverages, ladders and any items which may cause injury or interfere with the Parade or spectators’ enjoyment of the Parade.
Do bring your manners: For a crowd of half-a-million, Rose Parade viewers are remarkably well-behaved. The event is one of the best-managed of its size in the world. There are not a lot of rules, but they are enforced. Primarily, though, being polite to your neighbors and careful not to block their view of the parade will cover all the bases.
Two basic rules:
1. There are three demarcations for street viewing: the sidewalk, the curb, and the blue line.
The blue line is the absolute limit for street viewing. At 11 p.m., campers can move their gear and chairs to the blue line, but at no time during the parade is anyone allowed beyond it.
If you are camping out early, make sure all your gear is behind the curb.
Viewers may not block the sidewalk. There must be enough room for people to easily pass between storefronts and the viewers.
2. Don’t throw things. Silly string, marshmallows, tortillas, anything.
If you want to see the parade from home: Several Los Angeles area television stations broadcast the parade as well as HGTV and RFD-TV, but by far the best is KTLA-5. Great camera position, no commercials for the first run, repeats all day long, and the two most knowledgeable parade announcers in the business, Stephanie Edwards (a real band geek) and Bob Eubanks (everything you want to know about the horses).
For information about all the Tournament of Roses events, read “Tournament of Roses 101: 2013 Rose Parade and Rose Bowl Game information” in this column.
The theme of the 124th Rose Parade and 99th Rose Bowl Game is “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” The Tournament of Roses is a celebration that lasts several weeks in the fall and winter, with the high points being the Rose Parade presented by Honda and the Rose Bowl Game presented by VIZIO on Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013. Keep following your Tournament of Roses Examiner for the latest news and for upcoming announcements.
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