A Small Survival Guide for Attending The Rose Parade
One of the best memories I’ll take away from 2014 was going to The Tournament of Roses Parade. Having been born, don’t you think it’s a little crazy I’d never attended? Granted, I was living in town and within walking distance of the route. Yet, hundreds of thousands of people from around the world gather on January 1st to witness this celebration of a new year with beautiful, work of art floats created from countless pounds of flowers, produce and exotic plants, as well as see celebrities and special guests. So, they’re doing something right! If you’re heading out, or considering the Rose Parade, here are some quick facts & tips that I would like to know & find useful:
Grandstand seating is available from this official web-site and start as low as $68.00. They also are offering parking and tickets to The Rose Bowl football game.
Try parking on a street away from Colorado Boulevard if you don’t mind taking a walk (or a trek, depending how far away you park.) I was living off of Orange Grove and Los Robles Boulevard when we walked down, so you might try the neighborhoods around there for assistance. Just remember to obey all street signs and do not park in a shopping plaza or any private lots.
Get comfortable for the day in Pasadena
Traffic is very heavy following the parade. I would suggest staying and enjoying the city for a while, or the entire day. Colorado Boulevard is super festive afterwards, and of course all the bars are sure to have the game on.
Overnight street camping is allowed on December 31st only, beginning at 12pm. Bring PLENTY of extremeyl warm clothing, blankets, pillows. Small one inch BBQs off the ground are also permitted. No alcohol or any illegal substances. I’ve always read its impossible to sleep, which I can only imagine, so, prepare yourself for a fun, yet long night.
Infants and Toddlers Attending
If you have a child age 2 or younger, they do not need a ticket if you buy grandstand seating. They may sit on an adults lap.
Where to go Afterwards
Fun places to people watch or watch the football game are everywhere. Old Town Pasadena is seriously one of the coolest, most diverse suburbs of LA.A few spots I love are True Food Kitchen, City Thai and Kabuki
So, that’s my 2 cents. Whether or not you will be at The Rose Parade, you can bet on it that I’ll always support my hometown on New Year’s Day! xo