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Going to the Rose Bowl Parade?

If you're heading to Pasadena to cheer-on the Stanford Cardinal in the Rose Bowl you may as well catch the parade. Here's what you need to know to get the most out of the 124th Tournament of Roses Parade.


As another Pasadena Rose Parade draws near, thousands of revelers and overnight campers are again expected to gather in the streets to watch the 2013 spectacle on New Year’s Day.

Rose Parade Parking: All You Need to Know

The Pasadena Police and Fire Departments have shared the following tips on how to make the occasion safe for those camping out and viewing along the parade route and what not to do in order to avoid injury and possible arrest. 

What You Can Do:

  • Overnight camping is permitted only on the night of Dec. 31. 
  • A permanent position on the sidewalk may be maintained along the parade route beginning at noon on Dec. 31.  The “Blue Line” is the honor line.  All persons and property such as blankets, chairs, etc., must remain on the curb until 11 p.m. on Dec. 31.  At that time spectators may move out to the honor line.
  • Small, professionally manufactured barbeques elevated at least one foot off the ground are allowed on the parade route.  25’ from building or other combustibles.  A fire extinguisher and water must be readily available.
  • Minors under the age of 18 may be on the parade route from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. only if they are under the supervision of adults.
  • Dress for cold weather.  Children and seniors may need extra layers of clothing to avoid hypothermia.
  • Stay hydrated and consume nourishing meals to avoid dehydration.
  • Report any suspicious activities and packages to emergency authorities along the parade route.
  • In case of emergency, call (626) 744-4241 from cell phones or 9-1-1 from landline phones.  Know cross streets from where you are calling.

          What You Can’t Do:

  • Open containers of alcohol are illegal on public streets, sidewalks and all other public areas.
  • Tents, sofas and boxes of any type that can be used as stools or seats are prohibited are not permitted along the route.
  • Unoccupied chairs are not allowed.
  • Bonfires are strictly prohibited and considered “illegal burns.”
  • Fireworks are prohibited except as part of scheduled official events.
  • No items may be sold along the parade route without a permit. 
  • No public areas (sidewalks, curbs, gutters, streets) may be cordoned or roped off. 
  • No ladders or scaffolding may be used as elevation for viewing the activities.
  • It is illegal to buy, sell or give away horns on the parade route.
  • Pets are not recommended along the parade route because they are easily frightened with sudden, loud noises.
  • Selling space along the parade route, other than grandstand seating, is illegal.
  • Throwing any projectile into the parade, including seemingly harmless items such as tortillas, marshmallows, flowers, etc., is prohibited.
  • Vehicles obstructing emergency lanes will be towed.

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Monie Wheatcroft TenBroeck December 16, 2012 at 04:01 PM
INSIDERS TIPS I grew up in Pasadena and my folks live on Orange Grove in the parade staging area. While the football game may be the draw for most of you Palo Alto folks, DON'T MISS parade activities. Here are some "must do" tips: 1) Visit the float building pavilions. I like the one next to the Rose Bowl. Last year, we happened to be there the afternoon before the parade when the float judges were doing final inspections. All the floats were in full animation with music blaring. Kenny G's car almost ran us over. 2) Parade Formation New Years Eve. The floats begin moving into the formation area around 11:00p.m. Ditch the parties, put on your warm clothes, hot toddy in a travel mug, and head over to Orange Grove (between Ellis and Glen Arm) to watch inner workings of the parade, celebrate with other revelers, and get so close you can smell the roses. They roll in huge stadium lighting, so you can see everything as if it were daylight. Parking can be tricky, so scope out where to park during the day and plan to walk for a few blocks. 3) See the parade. Prime viewing is Orange Grove and Colorado. Since 2001, you can't get into that area without bleacher tickets (or a resident pass), but you can get close. If you show up real early (6:00a.m.) you can try to squeeze in between people who have been protecting their territory on the parkway for 2 days on Orange Grove. Find a group that has ample space right before the start, offer some money for getting in their space.
Beatrice Karnes December 16, 2012 at 04:26 PM
Thank you for sharing your insider tips, Monie! I'm certain that the experiences of some local residents will be enhanced because of you.
Brett Austin December 26, 2012 at 06:23 AM
Monie, I appreciated reading your tips, and wondering if you can provide some additional info? I have paid parking at the game, and reserved seats for the parade at Orange and Colorado. I was thinking of heading to the game early, parking, and heading over to the parade. Is that doable? Advisable? Walking vs. transit, etc. Much thanks, Brett

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