The 124th Rose Parade will take place on Tuesday, Jan 1, 2013 at 8:00 am. Will you be there?
Camping out on the streets of Pasadena with hundreds of other people on New Year’s Eve with silly string flying around and everyone celebrating another year. Does this sound like it’s up your alley? Have you always wanted to see the outrageous floats at the Rose Bowl Parade? It’s not too late because this event is free. Just show up anytime after noon the day before and stake out your spot.
If you decide not to camp out, just know you need to be up EARLY (with a large cup of coffee) to get a good spot. It is a very memorable experience that everyone should do at least once. There are a few good things to know that can make this celebration more enjoyable. For instance, the location you choose to view the parade is a very important factor. The parade begins at Ellis St. and Orange Grove. It continues North on Orange Grove then East on Colorado Blvd. to Sierra Madre Blvd. It goes north on Sierra Madre Blvd. and comes to an end at Paloma St. The viewing on these streets can vary from a party-like atmosphere by Old Town to a more family location past Lake Ave. by Pasadena City College. There is always the option to be where the cameras are but that is also the most crowded. This location is on the corner of Orange Grove and Colorado Blvd.
Getting there can be your biggest obstacle. However, a very good option for guests of the Balboa RV Park would be to take advantage of the Metro Gold Line, which drops you off pretty close to the parade route. From Balboa RV Park you would take the Metro Orange Line to the Red Line to the Gold Line.
About.com offers a good guide for which stations you should get off at:
Memorial Park Station is one of the closest to the parade route, two blocks north of Colorado Blvd at Arroyo Parkway.
Lake Metro Station is about four blocks north of Colorado on Lake Ave. There are not a lot of grandstands between Lake and Hill, so this is a good area for curbside viewing.
Allen Metro Station is four blocks north of Colorado at Allen.
Sierra Madre Villa Station at Sierra Madre and the 210 Freeway is near the end of the parade route on Sierra Madre. It is actually the shortest walk to the parade route, but there aren’t a lot of grandstands at this end of the parade. If you take the train to Sierra Madre Villa Station, you can get there a little later, since the parade takes about two hours to get to this point.
Don’t miss your opportunity to see the floats up close after the parade! Beginning after the parade from 1:00 – 5:00 PM and January 2, 2013 from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM, guests can see up close the floats. Tickets cost $10 per person. What a great way to see up close all the hours of work that were put into those beautiful floats. Go to www.tournamentofroses.com for more information.
Hope you get to enjoy this fun experience!
Picture courtesy of Tournament of Roses