If you want to join the crowd expected to line the streets along the Rose Parade’s 5.5-mile route, it’s probably a good idea to approach that morning with a plan.
To help you map out the best strategy, below are some tips and tricks — how to get there, where to park, what you can and can’t bring plus more. You’ll want to review them to get the most out of the experience, and have a great Parade Day.
What: 134th Rose Parade Presented by Honda
When: 8 a.m. Monday, Jan. 2
Where: The 5.5-mile parade route begins at the corner of Green Street and Orange Grove Boulevard in Pasadena and concludes at Sierra Madre Boulevard and East Villa Street.
Reserved parking (autos, buses and RVs) for both the Rose Parade and Rose Bowl Game is available for purchase through the following:
AP Parking: ap-parking.myfreesites.net
City of Pasadena: 626-744-7665, cityofpasadena.net/transportation
Colorado Boulevard Parking: 858-692-0868 or 858-833-0446, ap-parking.myfreesites.net
Easy Parking Service: 626-286-7576
LAZ Parking: 626-578-1705, lazparking.com/locations/rose-bowl-parking
Sharp Seating Company: 626-795-4171, sharpseating.com
Paid parking also is offered on a first-come, first-served basis at various lots and parking structures near the parade route.
Note: Overnight parking on Pasadena streets begins at noon the day before the parade, and continues 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.
Metro’s Gold Line has transit connections to the Rose Parade, Rose Bowl Game and other Tournament of Roses events. Information: metro.net
These stations offer the best access to the parade route:
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 south to the parade route.
Parking is available at many Metro Rail stations, including Union Station in Downtown Los Angeles; some lots are paid while others are free.
Metro also will provide regular bus service to areas near the Rose Parade, Rose Bowl Game and post-parade areas. Buses originate from locations throughout Los Angeles County.
For real-time updates on Metro service, follow @metrolaalerts and @metrolosangeles on Twitter. For more information, call 323-466-3876 (323-GoMetro)
Metrolink offers rides from San Bernardino, Riverside and Orange counties to Tournament of Roses events via Union Station, where riders can transfer to the Metro Gold Line. (Metrolink tickets include free transfers to connecting trains and buses.)
Information: metrolinktrains.com, or follow @Metrolink on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook
The Pasadena Police Department will be closing the Rose Parade route early to vehicular traffic to enhance public safety measures. Route closures will take effect beginning at 10 p.m. the night before the parade through 2 p.m. the following day, along Colorado Boulevard, from Orange Grove Boulevard to Sierra Madre Boulevard, and northbound on Sierra Madre to Paloma Street.
WHAT YOU CAN AND CAN’T DO
5 things that are OK
A position on the sidewalk along the parade route may be maintained starting at noon the day before the parade. Blankets, chairs and other items must remain on the sidewalk until 11 p.m., when spectators may move out to the blue “honor line,” but not past it.
Overnight camping the night before the parade.
Small, professionally manufactured barbecues elevated at least 1 foot off the ground are allowed as long as they are at least 25 feet from buildings and any combustibles. A fire extinguisher 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 supervised by an adult.
Recommended: Dress for cold weather, and remember hats and gloves; drink healthy fluids and consume nourishing meals to avoid dehydration.
5 things that are not OK
Tents, sofas and boxes of any type that can be used as stools or seats are prohibited.
Unoccupied chairs are not allowed.
Bonfires and all fireworks are strictly prohibited; open containers of alcohol are illegal on sidewalks, streets and other public areas.
No items may be sold along the parade route without a city permit.
No ladders or scaffolding may be used as elevation for viewing activities.
CONNECTIONS AND UPDATES
Pasadena Convention & Visitors Bureau: Rose Parade hotline 877-793-9911, main number 626-793-2122
Twitter: Follow the City of Pasadena (@PasadenaGov), the Pasadena Fire and Police departments (@PasadenaFD and @PasadenaPD), Tournament of Roses (@RoseParade) and the Pasadena Star-News (@PasStarNews).
Pasadena Star-News: Free app (iOS and Android) offers breaking and local news along with restaurant reviews, weather, sports and entertainment reports. The newspaper is part of Southern California News Group. For complete Rose Parade coverage, visit pasadenastarnews.com/rose-parade.
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