Rose Parade 2014 guide: Maps and tips for parking, avoiding traffic

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Tens of thousands of people are expected to come see  the 125th Tournament of Roses Parade, which is set to take place New Year's Day at 8 a.m., says Pasadena Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Paul Little.

So getting here and finding a place to park might be a challenge. Here's our guide to making the experience a smooth one. 

Street closures

You can't have a parade without closing streets. The parade route is set to go down Colorado Boulevard, but surrounding streets will be affected as well. Check out the map below for details.

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In addition to streets, certain ramps coming off and onto the 210 and 134 freeways will be closed:

210/134 Freeways in Pasadena 

  • Northbound California Ave. on-ramp from 8 p.m., Dec. 31 to noon, Jan. 1 
  • Northbound Del Mar Blvd. on-ramp from 6 p.m., Dec. 31 to noon, Jan. 1 
  • Southbound Del Mar Blvd. off-ramp from 6 p.m., Dec. 31 to noon, Jan. 1 

Foothill (210) Freeway 

  • Westbound and eastbound Sierra Madre Blvd. off-ramps from 8 p.m., Dec. 31 to 6:00 p.m., Jan. 1 

Ventura (134) Freeway

  • Eastbound Orange Grove Blvd. off-ramp from 8 p.m., Dec. 31 to noon, Jan. 1 
  • Westbound Orange Grove Blvd. on-ramp from 12 a.m. to noon, Jan. 1 

There's already headaches associated with parking in Los Angeles County. Here are parking locations near the parade route.

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But, you may want to shy away from driving into this area if you can. There will be plenty of options to take public transportation such as shuttles and the train.

What to do

So, you've made it. Now what? We have a list of things to do and places to visit before and after the parade.

Have more questions? Check out this visitor reference guide on

Do you have tips for a smooth Rose Parade visit? Share them with us in the comments below or on our Facebook page.

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