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Old 01-02-2014, 10:37 PM   #1
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Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade

Attending the New Year Rose Parade in Pasadena can be extremely expen$ive, even if you coordinate with a tour or RV Caravan .

I attended the parade this year (Jan 1, 2014) and my cost was under $5.00. Parked for free on a side street (space opened up after 5 pm when workers went home) and used my own chair to see the parade.
I arrived with RV and toad in Pasadena on 30 Dec. Could of arrived earlier at no extra expense to see the sights.
A map of the parade route can be found with a search on-line. The two major streets of the parade are Colorado and Sierra Madre Blvd. A solid pink line is painted on the roadway showing the route for the drivers of the floats to follow. The moratorium on overnight parking of the streets was lifted after Christmas. Contact the Pasadena Police to get the exact date. Parking areas and sidewalks not posted are free to use.
I parked my RV on a side street about 50 yards from Sierra Madre and dry camped. Had to leave the RV slide in. On 31 Dec at approx 0930 am I set down my green carpet on the median/island so my chair would be facing west so the morning sun would not be in my eyes or cameras. Chairs and tents are not allowed to be erected till 12 noon. Some people used duct tape to mark their territory on sidewalks and concrete medians. I saw little orange wire flags in the grass areas. No rope is allowed. Once there you (a person) must stay with your stuff and guard your site throughout the nite. Everyone is friendly and watch each others stuff.
About 2 ft from the curb is a painted blue line which is the boundry/limit line into the street during the parade. On New Years eve, besides chairs; you will see on sidewalks and medians LPG heaters, BBQs, wood fires, tables, ice boxes, air mattresses, tents, blankets, and army cots. There is drinking but keep it on the down low (cups and can covers) as motorcycle and police cars are all over and people also call in to the non-emergency line of the Pasadena PD.
Vendors are there selling food and souvineers, Pennants $10, Official Program $10., & UNofficial Program which I bought for $2.
Parade floats passed by my chair within spitting distance and band marchers passed even closer. Once the Parade is over you can keep your RV parked on the street till the 3rd.
This was my first time attending the Parade and it was memorable!

If you choose to attend a Rosa Parade, I recommend you arrive early or have someone there ahead of you to try and reserve a spot for your vehicle and space for your chairs.

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Old 01-02-2014, 10:48 PM   #2
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Thanks Doggy Daddy for a very nice write up. You have shared a lot of great info about how to experience a wonderful event. The Rose Parade just moved farther up my bucket list!
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