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 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 134th Rose Parade presented by Honda and the 109th Rose Bowl Game presented by Capital One Venture X.
The Rose Parade, a 134 year tradition, brings residents and visitors together on New Year’s Day (unless it falls on a Sunday) to watch grand floats covered in flowers, spirited marching bands, and high-stepping equestrian units. The 2023 theme for the Tournament of Roses is “Turning the Corner” celebrating rising above – alone, or with family, friends and community.
The 134th Rose Parade and 109th Rose Bowl Game will be held on Monday, January 2, 2023. The events will occur the day after New Year’s Day in keeping with the Tournament’s “Never on Sunday” tradition kept since 1893, the first year the Rose Parade fell on a Sunday.
Know Before You Go
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 purchase tickets to sit in bleachers (grandstand seats); or you can camp out for a free spot in designated areas throughout the route.
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).
Please contact the appropriate organization for questions regarding each of the following:
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:
Trip Planning Resources
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