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  • Tournament of Roses

    In the days leading up to the new year, 700,000 people from all over the world converge onto Pasadena to witness the Tournament of Roses, and millions of others watch from all over the world because it is covered by several television networks. While the Tournament of Roses is made up of several events, the two most famous events are the Rose Parade and the Rose Bowl Game.

    Rose Parade

    The Rose Parade has been a tradition for 127 years, where residents and visitors gather in Pasadena on New Year’s Day (unless it falls on a Sunday) to watch impressive and creative floats covered in flowers, top marching bands that can exceed 300 members, and equestrian units like the Anheuser Busch Budweiser Clydesdales and the Valley Hunt Club.

    History of the Rose Parade

    Pasadena Visitor Hotline

    If you have questions during your visit, you can speak to a live person by calling the Visitor Hotline at 1 (877) 793-9911, callers outside of the U.S. dial +1 626-795-9311. You can also follow the Visitor Hotline on Facebook and Twitter for live updates. More info→

    Parade Theme  — Echoes of Success

    The Rose Parade establishes a theme every year, all of the participants use the theme as inspiration in the design of their floats. The theme this year is  Echoes of Success, telling how the development of our character through selfless assistance of others.  It is a way to celebrate those people who help others succeed.

    Each of our successes is unique.  The measurement of success is not by how much wealth we have or what the final score is.  Success, is a personal satisfaction knowing that we did our best while facing challenges.

    Success is realized in many ways, but is not achieved alone.  We celebrate people in our lives who have shown a selfless commitment to us in helping others succeed.

    Parade Route

    The parade route is 5.5 miles (9 km) and begins at the corner of Green Street and Orange Grove Boulevard. The route travels north on Orange Grove Boulevard at a leisurely pace and then turns east onto Colorado Boulevard. Near the end of the route, the parade turns north onto Sierra Madre Boulevard and concludes at Villa Street.

    TIP: The duration of the Rose Parade is two hours from any given point.

    Parade Seating

    There are a couple of ways to experience the parade; you can camp out for a free spot in designated areas throughout the route; or you can purchase tickets to sit in bleachers (grandstand seats).

    Grandstand Seating

    Grandstand tickets go on sale beginning February 1st until December 31st, prices vary based on location and they cost between $48 and $95. To purchase tickets contact Sharp Seating Company at 626-795-4171 or SharpSeating.com. Additionally, you can purchase tickets through a local ticket broker called SC Tickets by calling +1 (626) 577-2557.

    Free Curbside Seating

    Free curbside seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis at three stretches along the parade route, described below. People camp out for a spot as early as 12:00 Noon the day before the parade (Sunday, January 1st) — camping is not allowed before that time. At 11:00 PM on the 1st, spectators are allowed to move to a blue honor line marked on the street.

    1. North of Tournament House on Orange Grove Boulevard to Del Rosa Drive View map→

    2. Colorado Boulevard from Terrace Drive to Sierra Madre Boulevard View map→

    3. Sierra Madre Boulevard to East Villa Street View map→

    TIP: Children under 2 years old are allowed to lap-sit. Folding chairs and sleeping bags are allowed.

    Wheelchair Accessible Seating

    There are three street-level and sidewalk-level accessible viewing locations. Visit CityofPasadena.net to request space in an accessible viewing area. Each person with a disability is allowed up to four guests, free with approved application. Seating is not provided; attendees must bring chairs. Sharp Seating sells a limited amount of wheelchair accessible seating at different locations along the parade route. Contact Sharp Seating for information at 626-795-4171.

    TIP: Wheelchair accessible tickets are first-come, first-served.

    Parking

    Reserve your parking a head of time in order to find the most convenient spaces at the best prices.

    Car and RV Parking

    Contact SharpSeating.com at 626-795-4171, or LAZ Parking at 626-578-1705.

    RV and Overnight Parking

    Brookside Park is located across from Rose Bowl Stadium, they offer RV parking and overnight parking, call 626-577-3100.

    Limousine and Bus

    Blanchard Parking offers parking for limousines and buses, call 626-397-4220.

    TIP: Parking sells out each year, for the best experience make sure to arrange parking ahead of time. Consider taking the Metro Gold Line, it is a light rail train that runs to Pasadena from East Los Angeles through Downtown Los Angeles and up through Northeast Los Angeles (NELA).

    Hotels

    Hotels fill up each year and the require a minimum of three nights per reservation. We recommend you reserve a room as early as possible in order to get your first choice. There are different types of hotels that offer different very different experiences as outlined blow.

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    Langham Huntington Pasadena

    Travelers who prefers fine dining, spa services and glamorous surroundings will enjoy the Langham Huntington Pasadena, this is a resort style hotel and it is a little further out from the parade route. More→

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    dusitD2 Hotel Constance

    This hotel is great for the modern traveler who prefers a more metropolitan experience and hip environs. The dusitD2 is located in the Playhouse District and it is on the parade route. More→

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    Westin Pasadena

    The Westin is located right in the middle of downtown Pasadena with very easy access to the parade. The hotel consistently receives rave reviews for service, it is located within Plaza Las Fuentes and some rooms feature views of Pasadena’s stunning City Hall. More→

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    Old Pasadena Courtyard by Marriott

    This hotel is located right in Old Pasadena, from this hotel travelers can easily explore the pristine alleyways of this neighborhood and its many restaurants and boutiques. The hotel is located three short blocks from the parade route.  More→

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    Residence Inn Marriott Old Pasadena

    This is the newest hotel in town, it is also located in Old Pasadena with easy access to the freeway and the the Rose Bowl Game Shuttles. Residence Inn’s feature apartment style accommodations great for longer stays and families. Their rooms feature kitchens with stoves and full refrigerators, laundry facilities and a mini grocery store in the lobby. More→

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    Hilton Pasadena

    Hilton Honors members can earn points and miles during a visit to Pasadena, Hilton Pasadena is located a block from the Pasadena Convention Center which is where Live on Green takes place, and the hotel is a short walk (two blocks) to the parade route. More→

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    Sheraton Pasadena

    This hotel is located at the Pasadena Convention Center offering easy access to Live on Green in the days leading up to the parade and game, it is less than a block from the parade route. Details→

    TIP: Hotels require a minimum of 3 nights.

    Motels

    There are also more affordable motels which located near the parade route, view all accommodations→

    Public Transportation

    The Metro Gold Line will run throughout the night of December 31st and morning of January 1st. Trains run every 7 minutes from 5:00 AM to 9:00 PM between Downtown Los Angeles and Pasadena. There are four stations on the parade route, Memorial Park, Del Mar, Lake, and Allen.

    TIP: Take public transportation if you can, traffic is heavy during the Rose Parade and Rose Bowl Game, and there are street closures to consider.

    Public Access Maps

    Download the following public access maps for street closures and parking restrictions throughout the city.

    2017 Citywide Public Access Maps

    2017 Eastside Public Access Maps

    2017 Westside Public Access Maps

    Before and After the Parade

    The Tournament of Roses puts on several events before and after the Rose Parade. They are commonly referred to as “Pre-parade” and “Post-parade”.

    Pre-Parade

    Float Decorating: Watch as float decorators put the final touches on this year’s floats at three pavilions, the Rose Palace, Rosemont Pavilion, and Brookside Pavilion. These pavilions are permanent buildings where decorators work throughout the entire year to build floats for the parade.

    Bandfest features marching bands from all over the country that have been selected to march in the 2017 parade, three shows takes place at Pasadena City College. Tickets are $15, children 5 and under enter free. More details→

    Post-Parade

    After the Rose Parade, view floats up close at Post-Parade Float Viewing along Sierra Madre Boulevard and Washington Boulevard. Purchase tickets at SharpSeating.com.

    TIP: Get your tickets in advance and avoid ticket lines and sold out events.

    Activities Throughout Pasadena

    The entire city comes together to provide travelers plenty of things to do in Pasadena, in the week leading into the tournament, Pasadena’s cultural institutions and entertainment venues extend their hours and put on extra programming. Must-dos include:

    Gamble House
    Architecture, Historic Craftsman Home Offering Tours

    Norton Simon Museum
    Prestigious Fine Arts Museum

    The Huntington
    Museum, World-class Gardens

    Kidspace Children’s Museum
    Children’s Museum and Family Activities

    Pasadena Playhouse
    Theatre, Musicals

    Eaton Canyon
    Hiking

    Brookside Golf Course
    Golf

    Melting Pot Food Tours
    Food & Architecture Tour

    Downtown Pasadena Districts

    Downtown Pasadena is made up of three unique districts offering shopping, dining and entertainment. More info→

    Old Pasadena‘s brick alleyways are lined with boutiques like Mohawk General Store, Joie, and Vince.

    The Pasadena Playhouse District is an artsy neighborhood surrounding California’s state theatre, the Pasadena Playhouse — this is the performing arts hub featuring Boston Court Performing Arts Center, Ice House Comedy Club, as well as coffee shops, and wine bars.

    The South Lake Avenue District is a European-style tree lined boulevard where people go to pamper themselves at boutiques like Olive & June (nail salon), Drybar (blow dry bar), SoulCycle (cycling studio), and Contessa Chocolate Collection (patisserie).

    2016 Highlights

  • Organizer Information

  • Tournament of Roses Association
  • T: 877-793-9911
  • Organizer Website
  • Event Information

  • Event Website