The Pasadena Convention and Visitors Bureau officially opened the Visitor Hotline for the 2013 Rose Parade and Rose Bowl Game with a ribbon cutting presided over by the Tournament of Roses Royal Court. The toll-free number is (877) 793-9911. Volunteers have information on restaurants, transportation, parking—everything to make your time in Pasadena a happy adventure.
Queen Vanessa Manjarrez cut the red ribbon at 9 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 28, 2012, and the phones started ringing like New Year’s bells. With first-day contests for Rose Bowl Game or Rose Parade tickets on tap, callers had to start the conversation with catch phrases such as “Oh, the Places You’ll Go,” which is the 2013 Rose Parade theme, or the name of the Grand Marshal, Jane Goodall.
Photographers and videographers filled the small room in the Convention Center, and reporters grabbed interviews with Queen Vanessa, who spoke with ease in Spanish as well as English.
Callers are often thrilled to discover they are speaking with a member of the Royal Court, one of seven young women who have been chosen from nearly 1,000 to represent the Pasadena Tournament of Roses. After the initial rush, the girls were off to other commitments, and volunteers took over.
The Visitor Hotline is staffed during these hours:
- Friday, Dec. 28, from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
- Saturday, Dec. 29, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
- Sunday, Dec. 30, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
- Monday, Dec. 31, from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
- Tuesday, Jan. 1, from, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
- Wednesday, Jan. 2, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Be sure to check out the Queen and Princesses at work in the slide show attached to this article.
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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