Tournament of Roses
In the days leading up to the New Year, more than 800,000 people from all over the world converge onto Pasadena to witness the Tournament of Rose 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 presented by Honda and the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual.
The Rose Parade, a 132 year old tradition brings residents and visitors together on New Year’s Day (unless it falls on a Sunday) to watch grand floats covered in flowers, massive marching bands that can exceed 300 members, and equestrian units like the Anheuser-Busch Budweiser Clydesdales. The 2021 theme for the Tournament of Roses is “Dream. Believe. Achieve.” celebrating education.
The parade route is 5.5 miles (9 km) and begins at the corner of Green Street and Orange Grove Boulevard in Pasadena. 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.
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).
Transportation and Parking
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 between East Los Angeles and the San Gabriel Valley (Pasadena is at the center of the route).
Tournament of Roses Events
Each New Year’s Day, the entire world turns its attention to Pasadena, home of the Rose Parade® and Rose Bowl Game®. It’s a celebration that’s more than a century old—a festival of flowers, music and sports unequaled anywhere in the world.
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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: