• Thursday, December 28, 2017 - Tuesday, January 02, 2018
  • Rose Parade

    Before and after the Rose Parade there are many activities such as float decorating, float 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 129th year of pageantry – a festival of flowers, marching bands, and equestrians. It’s America’s New Year’s Celebration.

    The 2018 theme ‘Making a Difference,’ is a way to honor and celebrate all of the people in our communities, who quietly and without desire for reward or recognition, act in selfless, generous and kind ways to aid or benefit others.” “It’s about the human acts of kindness that enrich the lives of others and are the source of inspiration, hope, joy and optimism for all of us.”

    Float Viewing

    View a variety of fruit, seeds, bark, grasses, and of course, breathtaking flowers, being applied to the floats by the float builders and volunteers.  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.Considerable waiting periods should be expected.

    Location and Schedule

    Rosemont Pavilion, 700 Seco Street, Pasadena, CA 91103
    12/28: 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
    12/29: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
    12/30: 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
    12/31: 11:00 am – 1:00 pm (Tickets will not be sold on-site 12/31. Advance purchase required.)
    Kids 5 and under are free.

    Rose Float Plaza South, 5400 Irwindale Ave., Irwindale, CA 91706
    12/28: 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
    12/29: 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
    12/30: 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
    12/31: Closed to the public.
    Kids 5 and under are free.

    Purchase Tickets

    Float Decorating

    Community members and visitors are needed each year to decorate floats for the Rose Parade. Walk-ins are welcome at most location, though work is not guaranteed.  It is recommended to preregister by visiting the float builders websites are calling directly. 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 to 8 hour volunteer commitment is required.


    Phoenix Decorating Company | 5400 Irwindale Ave. Irwindale,  CA 91706  626-793-3174

    Paradiso Parade Floats | 16016 Avenida Padilla, Unit A Irwindale, CA 91702 626-864-3199

    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 435 Fair Oak Ave. [email protected]

    La Canada-Flintridge Tournament of Roses Association at 4510 Hampton Rd., La Canada Flintridge (Foothill Blvd. & Hampton Rd.)

    Post Parade

    The post-parade float viewing is a rain or shine event that will allow you to walk within feet of the floral and animated masterpieces parked along Sierra Madre and Washington boulevards. Allow at least two hours to view the floats with a walking distance of approximately 2.5 miles.


    $15 per person

    TIP: purchase tickets in advance to avoid long lines and sold out events.

    Purchase Tickets

    2018 Event Pass Pin

    The 2018 Event Pass Pin is an official pin sold by the Tournament of Roses. It will allow pin holders to gain access to various discounts including decorating places and post parade. Limited 500 pins for sale online and at the Tournament of Roses.

    List of Discounts Purchase Pin


    January 1, 2018: 1 PM – 5 PM (last entry at 4 PM)

    January 2, 2018: 9 AM – 5 PM (last entry at 4 PM; senior citizens and disabled vistors welcome 7-9 AM)


    Post Parade takes place in a residential neighborhood with almost no public parking or street parking.  It is highly recommended that visitors use shuttle options.

    Pasadena City College |1570 E. Colorado Blvd. (enter off Del Mar Blvd. or Bonnie near corner of Hill Ave.)

    • January 1 & 2:  12:30 PM – 2:30 PM (final departure at 2:30 PM)

    Rose Bowl Stadium | 1001 Rose Bowl Dr, Pasadena, CA 91103 Lot B

    • January 2 ONLY: 6:30 AM – 2:30 PM (final departure at 2:30 PM)

    *shuttles depart approximately every 5 minutes*

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