- Friday, December 28, 2018 - January 02, 2019
Before and after the Rose Parade there are many activities such as float decorating, viewing and post parade. On New Year’s Day, people from all over the world come to Pasadena to attend and participate in the Rose Parade. The Rose Parade will be celebrating its 130th year of pageantry – a festival of flowers, marching bands, and equestrians. It’s America’s New Year’s Celebration.
This year’s theme is “The Melody of Life”. The theme encourages creativity in the float entries such as the float entries, marching bands, and the equestrian participants. “The 2019 theme, ‘The Melody of Life,’ celebrates music, the universal language,” explained Gerald Freeny, the 2019 President of the Tournament of Roses. He goes on to say “Music has the power to not only bring us together but take us back to memories and moments as nothing else can. Rhythm, melody, harmony and color all come together to create the soundtrack that defines our lives.”
Watch the majestic floats come together, volunteers and float builders apply a variety of fruit, seeds, bark, grasses, and of course, breathtaking flowers. Advanced tickets are available for three public viewing locations. Times are allocated for general public viewing, including tour operators. Order your tickets through Sharp Seating or same-day tickets may be available. Considerable waiting periods should be expected.
Rosemont Pavilion 700 Seco St., Pasadena, CA 91103
Rose Float Plaza South 5400 Irwindale Ave., Irwindale, CA 91706
Approximately 7 locations offer participatory float decorating. Walk-ins are welcome at most location, though work is not guaranteed. Volunteers must be at least 13 years old to participate and all children must be accompanied by an adult. Opportunities are on a first-come, first-served basis. Groups must phone ahead to see if arrangements are possible. In most cases a 4-hour volunteer commitment is required.
Phoenix Decorating Company offers two locations one at 835 South Raymond Ave. (Rose Palace) and 700 Seco St. (Rosemont Pavilion). 626-793-3174
Artistic Entertainment Services at 120 N. Aspan Ave. Azusa, Ca. 91702. Less than 20 people 626-388-1839, More than 20 people 626-334-9388
Burbank Tournament of Roses at 123 W. Olive Ave., Burbank. 818-840-0060
Sierra Madre Float Association at 587 E. Sierra Madre Blvd. 626-355-7005
South Pasadena Tournament of Roses at Fair Oaks Ave., north of the 110 Arroyo Parkway freeway
La Canada-Flintridge Tournament of Roses Association at 4510 Hampton Rd., La Canada Flintridge (Foothill Blvd. & Hampton Rd.) 818-519-1282
The post-parade float viewing on Sierra Madre and Washington Blvd. takes place on January 1 from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm and January 2 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm and seniors and disabled entries at 7:oo am to 9:00 am on January 2. The float viewing area is in a residential neighborhood with almost no public parking or street parking. It is highly recommended that visitors use shuttle options. Allow at least two hours to view the floats with a walking distance of approximately 2.5 miles. Advance tickets available at Sharpseating.com. Same day tickets are available at the event box office and all Park-N-Ride locations.
TIP: purchase tickets in advance to avoid long lines and sold out events.