The earliest Tournament of Roses welcomed 3,000 spectators to its first parade filled with orange-blossom-bedecked, horse-drawn carriages. More than a century later, the parade floats are a marvel of state of the art technology, all tucked away beneath flowers and other all-natural materials. Every New Year, visitors experience the beauty of the floral floats along with spirited marching bands and high-stepping equestrian units along the 5 1/2 mile route down Colorado Boulevard. The Rose Parade presented by Honda begins at 8 AM on New Year’s Day!
LOCATION AND PARKING
The 5 1/2-mile Rose Parade route begins at the corner of Green Street and Orange Grove Blvd. in Pasadena, California. The parade travels north on Orange Grove at a leisurely 2 1/2-mile per hour pace and then turns east onto Colorado Blvd., where the majority of the parade viewing takes place. Near the end of the route, the parade turns north onto Sierra Madre Blvd. and concludes at Villa Street.
Reserved parking for automobiles, buses and recreational vehicles is available for purchase through Sharp Seating Company (626) 795-4171; Colorado Blvd. Parking (858) 692-0868 or (949) 295-6537; City of Pasadena (626) 744-6470; LAZ Parking (626) 578-1705; Easy Parking Service (626) 286-7576 and AP Parking (858) 692-0868. Paid parking is also offered on a first-come, first-served basis at various lots and parking structures near the parade route. Overnight parking on Pasadena streets begins at noon the day before the parade, for that evening only. All “No Parking” areas and red curb zones remain off-limits, and vehicles in violation will be subject to impound and a fine. There is no parking allowed on the parade route itself. Illegally parked vehicles will be impounded. More information on RV parking, limos and buses can be found in the Parade Day Guide.
Skip the traffic and hassle of parking and Go Metro to the Rose Parade and all Tournament of Roses events in Pasadena by connecting to the Metro Gold Line. Plan your trip on www.metro.net.
The stations with the best access to the parade route are:
Del Mar Station – walk two blocks north to the parade route
Memorial Park Station – walk two blocks south to the parade route
Lake Station – walk four blocks south to the parade route
Allen Station – walk four blocks to the parade route
Metro will also provide regular bus service to areas near the Rose Parade, Rose Bowl Game and Post Parade areas. Buses will originate from locations throughout the county.
For real-time info on Metro service, follow @metrolaalerts on Twitter. For more info, call 323-GoMetro (323) 466-3876 or visit metro.net.
Kick off your New Year with a hassle-free Metrolink ride to the Tournament of Roses events via Union Station. A Metrolink ticket includes free transfer to the Metro Grold Line for the festivities. Visit metrolinktrains.com for holiday schedules and fares, including the $10 Holiday ticket for unlimited rides for the day. For updated information, follow @Metrolink on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.
DROP-OFF/RIDESHARE SERVICES into the Pasadena area are additional options for your consideration.
SAFETY TIPS & GUIDELINES
The Pasadena Police Department, supported by the Tournament of Roses Association and City Officials, will be closing the Rose Parade route early to vehicular traffic to enhance public safety measures. Route closures will take effect beginning at 10 PM on December 31 through 2 PM on January 1, along Colorado Blvd., from Orange Grove Blvd. to Sierra Madre Blvd., and northbound on Sierra Madre to Paloma St.