It’s the busiest time of the year here in Pasadena as the 124th Rose Parade®; “Oh, the Places You’ll Go” with Dr. Jane Goodall presiding as Grand Marshall prepares to march down Colorado Blvd. and 99th Rose Bowl Game®; between the Stanford Cardinal and the Wisconsin Badgers go head to head in the Grandaddy of Them All.
As always the streets fill up pretty quickly here with people from all over the world anxious to see the historic parade on New Years Day and watch the game at the beautiful Rose Bowl Stadium. Every year the Tournament of Roses®; does a spectacular job organizing the events creating multiple activities to keep you seeing all there is to see in Pasadena.
Across from the Rose Bowl Stadium : Rosemont Pavillion: 700 Seco St. & Brookside Pavilion (accessible for disabled visitors) Lot I South Side of the Rose Bowl Stadium
December 29: 9 am – 5pm
December 30: 11 am- 5 pm
December 31: 11 am- 1 pm
and away from the crowds of the Rose Bowl Stadium you can see floats at:
Rose Palace: 835 South Raymond Ave
December 29-30: 9 am-5 pm
December 31: 9 am -1 pm
Post parade the floats are available for up close viewing at the Post Parade: A Showcase of Floats presented by Miracle Grow
January 1: 1 pm- 5 pm
January 2: 7 am- 9 am (senior citizens and disabled visitors) and 9 am- 5 pm general admission.
Sierra Madre Blvd and Washington Ave.
People start scoping out their parade spots pretty early so be sure to plan accordingly. It gets COLD at night. Very cold. Visitors are always surprised at the temperature at 4 am.
ALWAYS take advantage of shuttles to any of the events. The parking is a madhouse.
Take advantage of the business that are open in Old Town and along Colorado Blvd. for warmth, drinks and food. Sugar Fix in Old Town on Raymond just south of Colorado Blvd. will be open 24 hours on New Years Eve.