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 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.
2021 Virtual America's New Year's Celebration
For decades, hundreds of thousands of people have flocked to the beautiful city of Pasadena for America's New Year's Celebration and millions have watched around the world. This celebration has bridged across generations, bringing together families, and loved ones, and creating lasting memories. But this year, it is with much disappointment, that the Rose Parade is unable to take place due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. This year, the New Year's celebration will take on a new, virtual format. We look forward to sharing more news in the coming months from the Tournament of Roses.
For more details, visit the Tournament of Roses.
Trip Planning Resources
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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: