The Rose Parade

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Orange Grove and Colorado Blvds., Pasadena, CA, USA

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Pasadena's Tournament of Roses Parade Jan 29, 2011
The Rose Parade in Pasadena is a well-known celebration of New Year's Day. If you are in Southern California at New Year's time, you should try to see the parade in person. It really is quite a spectacle, with themed flower-bedecked floats, marching bands, and costumed equestrian units.

The Tournament of Roses and its parade began in 1890 as a way for citizens of the new city of Pasadena to show off Southern California and its mild Winter climate to the folks "Back East". Floats began as carriages decorated with flowers. Today, the self-propelled floral floats are elaborately decorated in an array of different blooms and plant material. Decorations follow the theme of that year and may be humorous, animated, or aim for pure spectacle. Floats may be sponsored by cities and towns, philanthropic organizations, or corporations.

The Rose Parade starts on Orange Grove Blvd. turns on to Colorado Blvd., and continues through downtown Pasadena to Sierra Madre Blvd. Seeing the parade by standing on the sidewalk is free. (Tickets for grandstand seating can also be purchased.) Many people like to camp out along the parade route on New Year's Eve and secure a sidewalk space. Parking can be a problem as Pasadena does not permit ovenight street parking. (See website for parking information.) You can also walk to Colorado Blvd. on New Year's morning.

Floats are on display following the parade through January 2. (There is a $10 fee to see the post-parade area.)

The Rose Parade defintely is an experience!

The Rose Parade never occurs on a Sunday. When New Year's Day is on a Sunday, the parade is held on Monday.
Elegant float
Whimsical float
Marching Band
Decorated carriage
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sUrAbUyA says:
Haven't seen it in person but always watched it on tv.
Very nice photos!
Posted on: Feb 01, 2011
Glynnes says:
This Roses Parade in Pasadena is something I must do soon.
Thanks Andy!
Posted on: Jan 29, 2011
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