Last year's Rose Parade Royal Court takes their positions on the float that will carry them down Colorado Boulevard.
The annual Rose Parade will begin marching down the streets of Pasadena bright and early at 8 a.m. on New Year's Day 2013. Whether you purchased tickets to sit in the grandstands or plan to perch on curb, we've compiled a guide to help you stop stressing so you can smell the roses.
What's the parade's route?
The parade's route begins at Green Street and Orange Grove boulevard in Pasadena, it then travels up Orange Grove and turns right onto Colorado boulevard. Most of the parade takes place on Colorado until it ends by turning left onto Sierra Madre boulevard, ending at Villa street and Sierra Madre.
The night before
New Year's Eve in Pasadena will be a very lively place. Around the parade route on Colorado are plenty of bars and restaurants that will likely be bustling with those celebrating the arrival of 2013.
Be aware that the Pasadena police will be on full patrol both on New Year's Eve and on the day of the parade, so be on your best behavior.
If you want to, you can rough it and camp on the curbside overnight on Dec. 31. You can stake your claim beginning at noon. Here are the rules:
- All your belongings must stay on the curb until 11 p.m. on Dec. 31. Once the time has come you may move your belongings up to the blue line known as "the honor line" that stretches out 6 feet from the curb.
- Your camping gear (tents, sleeping bags, etc.) should be cleared out of the way before the parade starts.
- You're allowed to have professionally manufactured barbecues, but they must be 25 feet away from buildings and anything combustible.
How to get there
From downtown Los Angeles
Take the 110 Freeway North toward Pasadena and continue on to Arroyo Parkway. The parade route marches down Colorado Boulevard, so you would be smart to find parking on any east or west street.
From the West
Take the 134 East to Pasadena and exit at either exit Fair Oaks, Marengo, Lake or Hill. When you exit, turn right (south) to find parking.
From the North/San Fernando/ Simi Valley
Take the 5 South toward Los Angeles, merge onto the 134 East to Pasadena and exit at Fair Oaks, Marengo, Lake or Hill.
From Orange County/Inland Empire
Take the 210 West to Pasadena and stay right toward San Fernando. Exit at exit at Fair Oaks, Marengo, Lake or Hill.
Click on the map below to get parking information. More details below.
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You can buy reserved parking tickets through the Parade's seating management company, Sharp Seating Co. to buy your tickets online. You can buy parking tickets for regular cars, buses and recreational vehicles. The Rose Parade official website also provides the number for the family owned Easy Parking Service. Their phone number is (626) 286-7576.
Any other paid parking within the area of is a first-come, first-parked basis.
Keep in mind that overnight parking on Pasadena streets starts at noon the day before the parade and for that evening only. There will be no exceptions made for "No Parking" and red curb zones. You could get impounded, and that would just put a damper on the day. In case you do get impounded, here's a phone number for information 626-744-4565.
If you can, we highly encourage you take public transportation. You won't trudge through possible early morning traffic, nor will you have to mouse your way through the maze of streets in Pasadena to find a place to park.
From Downtown or East L.A.
The Metro Gold Line will take you right into the area you want to be. Hop on the train towards Sierra Madre Village and ride it all the way to either Del Mar, Memorial Park, Lake or Allen Stations.
From the West
Take the Orange Line (901) toward North Hollywood and transfer at the North Hollywood Metro Station to board the Red Line toward Union Station. Once you arrive at Union Station transfer to the Gold Line going north to Sierra Madre Villa and ride it all the way either Del Mar, Memorial Park, Lake or Allen Stations.
From the North/San Fernando/ Simi Valley
Take the 224 going toward Universal City Station and exit at Lankershim and Chandler. Walk to the North Hollywood Metro Station and take the Metro Red Line to Union Station. Once you arrive at Union Station transfer to the Gold Line going north to Sierra Madre Villa and ride it all the way either Del Mar, Memorial Park, Lake or Allen Stations.
What you can bring and what you can't
The list of things not to bring to the parade shouldn't be that much of a shock.
- No weapons of any sort are allowed, nor are sticks, poles, glass bottles and basically anything that can cause someone bodily injury.
- Throwing things into the parade is illegal, and this includes seemingly harmless objects such as marshmallows, tortillas and flowers.
- It's also suggested that you leave your pets at home; the loud noises may startle them.
If you opt to try to stake out a spot on the side of the parade route rather than purchasing seats in the grand stands, there are several rules you should be aware of:
- You won't be allowed to section or rope off sections of public spaces (sidewalks, curbs, gutters, streets). It's illegal to sell space along the parade route.
- In fact, it's illegal to sell anything along the parade route without a permit.
- Sofas, tents and boxes that can be used for stools or seats won't be allowed. In addition to this, you won't be allowed to bring ladders or scaffolding to elevate yourself for viewing the parade.
- No open containers of alcohol will be allowed. They are illegal on public streets, sidewalks and all other public areas.
- Sorry, but Pasadena Police won't tolerate bonfires or fireworks.
- You won't be allowed to use any generators either.
When watching the parade you can use lawn chairs and blankets. All the lawn chairs must be occupied; empty chairs will not be allowed.
The Rose Parade has grandstand seating available that can be reserved by ordering tickets from now through Dec. 31. Regardless of age, every seated spectator must have a ticket. The only exception is if the child is 2 years old or younger; they may then be seated on someone's lap and aren't required to have a ticket.
Curbside seating is a first-come, first-served kind of deal. We suggest you get to the parade route early if you want to grab a prime location. Many people camp out overnight to get good seats, so be aware that it could be slim pickings if you choose to try to find a spot the morning of.
Below are a few of the top-ranked restaurants in Old Pasadena, Glendale and Eagle Rock, according to Yelp reviews. Information is based on Tuesday's hours. There's also a happy hour list.
Dog Haus (93 E Green St.). It serves sausages and alcohol.
Hours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
Racion (119 W. Green St.). It’s a tapas restaurant.
Brunch: 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Dinner: 5:30 p.m.-11 p.m.
Azeen’s Afghani Restaurant (110 East Union St.). It serves Afghan food.
Hours: 5:30-9:30 p.m.
Café Linda’s (34 East Holly St.). It serves Thai food.
Lunch: 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Dinner: 5-11 p.m.
Himalayan Café (36 S Fair Oaks Ave).
Hours: 10 a.m.-11 p.m.
Mini Kabob (313 Vine St.)
Hours: 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
Sushi Nishi-ya (1712 Victory Blvd.)
Hours: 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m.
Victoria’s Tacos and Grill (4204 San Fernando Rd.)
Hours: 8 a.m.-2 a.m.
Classic Thai Restaurant (1708 Colorado Blvd.).
Lunch: 12-3 p.m.
Dinner: 4-10 p.m.
Café Beaujolais (1712 Colorado Blvd.).
Opens at 5 p.m.
Masacasa (1757 Colorado Blvd.) It serves Japanese food.
Lunch: 12-2:30 p.m.
Dinner: 5-9 p.m.
Did we miss something? Ask us in the comments section below, or please add the information yourself. And be sure to share your photos of the parade with us (see the link above).