1. Watch the parade from the South side of Colorado Blvd. to avoid the sun
being in your eyes.
You will appreciate not being in the sun during the two hour parade.
2. Bring a jacket to combat the chilly morning weather.
The parade begins at 8 a.m., and although it is in sunny Southern California,
mornings can be a bit cold.
3. Buy grandstand tickets 11 months in advance
Because these seats are the most comfortable and give you the best view along
the route, these run at $110 and will sell out very quickly. You can purchase
these through Primesport in February of the year before the parade.
4. Arrive early
The parade begins at 8 a.m. sharp, so depending on where you plan on sitting,
try to arrive at least an hour early to find parking and a good spot.
5. Reserve a parking spot or take the metro
Sharp Seating sells parking spots that you can purchase in advance. Parking is
extremely difficult, so if you do not want to purchase a parking spot, you should
consider taking the metro, which has stations near the parade route.
6. Know what not to bring
Alcohol, coolers, large backpacks, and ladders are not allowed.
7. Join a viewing party
Local restaurants along the route often hold viewing parties. Attending one of
these guarantees you a comfortable spot, and you can enjoy food while you’re at
it. Be sure to call these businesses in advance to confirm.
8. Enjoy the post-parade showcase
If you missed any of the floats during the parade, visit the post-parade showcase,
which takes place at Victory Park immediately after the parade and for two days to
follow. General admission costs $20 and can be purchased through Sharp Seating. A
free shuttle service is offered if you park at Pasadena City College or Rose Bowl
Stadium Lot B.
9. If staying overnight, book a hotel in surrounding cities
Because of the holiday and the well-anticipated parade, hotel prices in Pasadena
tend to be spiked. It may be a better idea to look into booking a room in Glendale or
Burbank, as those room rates will be significantly cheaper.
10.When you need assistance, look for the people in white suits
The people in all white are parade volunteers and can help you with any
questions you may have.
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